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Quick Links: Former Oregon State Tight End Connor Hamlett Signs With Alliance of American Football

Plus, skill position injuries are piling up for 2018 and a former Beaver linebacker needs our help.

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  • A few weeks back, we learned that former Oregon State Beavers receiver Jordan Villamin would be signing with The Alliance of American Football: a new spring pro league kicking off this coming February. On Monday, we learned of the second former Beaver player to join the league and, funnily enough, the same team as Villamin down in Phoenix. Connor Hamlett played tight end for the Beavs from 2011 to 2014 with 104 career catches for over 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns. He had short stints in the NFL with Jacksonville, Philly, New Orleans, Cleveland, and Dallas injury issues hampered him. Most recently, he was coaching tight ends at Meadowdale High School in Washington.

  • With injuries piling up for skill position players on this year’s football team, we’re all pretty anxious to see what happens. One guy that may have to step up sooner than I think most of us expected is 5’6” wideout Arex “Champ” Flemings. Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune published an interesting profile on the redshirt freshman over the weekend.

On that note, with the defensive secondary being especially short due to injuries, there is a chance that we will see some of OSU’s receivers playing two ways in this early part of the season.

  • In other college football news, the 2018 preseason AP Poll was released Monday morning. To all of our not-at-all-genuine surprise, Oregon State did not receive any votes. Four Pac-12 schools cracked the top 25, all of which are Oregon State opponents. Washington is ranked sixth, Stanford is 13th, USC is 15th, and Oregon is 24th. Utah also received 60 votes. Ohio State, who the Beavs open up against in less than two weeks, are ranked fifth.

  • In sadder news, former Oregon State linebacker Keith Pankey (now a police officer in Springfield, OR) is in critical condition at OHSU Hospital after discovery of a heart murmur and a broken valve in his heart, which preceded a heart attack. There is a GoFundMe set up to help with medical expenses. Keep him in your thoughts and donate if you can.

  • To end this thing on a happy note, here are a couple notes from Oregon State baseball land. Zak Taylor, AKA “Future First Ballot WCL Hall of Famer”, won his third straight summer league championship with the Corvallis Knights last week.

Finally, as the Little League World Series continues, the Mets stopped by Williamsport, PA where the later stage games are being played and Michael Conforto gave away some of his gear to some of the young sluggers. I may or may not have been cutting some onions watching that.