The Beavers have done it again, landing an impact player via the transfer route. Nathan Eldridge a center from Arizona has decided to continue his education and football career with Oregon State.
The Beavers are losing several offensive lineman and adding Eldridge will make an immediate impact. As a graduate transfer Eldridge will not have to sit out a season and will take over the center position formerly occupied by Sumner Houston. Offensive line coach, Jim Michalczik, coached Eldridge at Arizona and is the main reason he committed to the Beavers.
Nathan Eldridge started every game for Arizona as a freshman and sophomore and was named an honorable mention for the All Pac-12 team in 2017. He was named to the Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List coming into the 2018 season, but missed the entire season due to injury.
The Beavers offense could be dangerous next season with the additions of Eldridge, Tristian Gebbia, Tyjon Lindsay and the rest of their 2019 recruiting class. The Beavers will look for Eldridge and returning starters Blake Brendal and Gus Lavaka to open running lanes and protect the quarterback. The battle for the last two starting spots will come down to a handful of players.