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Oregon State Loses Two Key Players From the Secondary

NCAA Football: Oregon at Oregon State Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunate news out of the Beavers Football Camp; Gabe Ovgard announced he is medically retiring and Cyril Noland-Lewis has left the Beavers, for undisclosed reasons.

Gabe Ovgard has chosen, under advisement from team Doctors, family and coaches, to medically retire, due to a number of concussions. He announced his decision on his personal Twitter account Monday night.

He mentions in his post “Today I am in tears because I am making an announcement that I had hoped I would never have to make: I am sad to announce that I am medically retiring.”

He goes on to say “While this may seem like a shock to some, it is an unfortunate reality that I have had to deal with for the past year. After having suffered four concussions in the last year and many more in High School, I have decided to with the help of my family, the coaches, and the Oregon State Athletic Training Staff that it is in my best interest now and for the future to eliminate the risk of anymore head trauma by medically retiring from Football.”

Gabe Ovgard was one of the great feel good stories on the Beavers roster. The former walk-on was called into action last year and earned a scholarship this spring. Ovgard is the fifth OSU player to medically retire since the end of last season, joining offensive linemen Drew Clarkson and Leo Fuimaono and running backs Chris Brown and Damien Haskins. We at Building The Dam wish Gabe the best in his future endeavors.

It has also been reported by multiple sources that Cyril Noland-Lewis has left the football team.

The senior cornerback was an experienced member of the secondary, but seemed to have been past over by younger players on Oregon State’s most recent depth chart.

Both players were expected to contribute and provide important depth to the Beavers secondary.