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Isaac Seumalo Exits Oregon State

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Isaac Seumalo was Oregon State's best offensive lineman when healthy the last several seasons, but is moving on.
Isaac Seumalo was Oregon State's best offensive lineman when healthy the last several seasons, but is moving on.

An ice storm that closed down campus at Oregon State, and froze up most of northwest Oregon, diverted attention from Isaac Seumalo's announcement on what was to be the first day of winter term that instead of registering for class, he has filed paperwork to declare early for the NFL draft.

It's not a surprise, as Seumalo did about all he could in last fall's disastrous season, playing multiple positions effectively, and demonstrating he was completely recovered from a broken foot suffered in the 2013 Hawaii Bowl that, with complications in his recovery, cost him the entire 2014 season.

Seumalo still is a well regarded commodity among a number of NFL scouts and personnel staff, and its unlikely he could do much to boost his draft status in what's going to be a daunting season to come, as Oregon State struggles to make progress after their worst season since 1996, before Mike Riley first returned to Corvallis. Risk of another injury far outweighs the potential benefits in a year that will again see new coordinator on both sides of the ball, and apparently, more upheaval at quarterback.

In other non-news, there was no announcement of hires for either the Defensive Coordinator or Linebackers Coach positions, but then the HR department was closed on Monday.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com