News from Oregon State’s practice on Monday was mostly of the negative variety. Jonathan Smith announced that Tuli Wily-Matagi has retired from football for personal reasons. Tuli ends his career having played in 22 games and catching six passes for 54 yards. He also threw a 26-yard touchdown pass against Cal (pictured).
Jonathan Smith said TE Tuli Wily-Matagi has retired for personal reasons. He likes the TEs who are left but said it hurts the depth— Steve Gress (@stevegress19) August 7, 2018
The Beavers will now need to rely on Noah Togiai at tight end and would really suffer if he were to suffer an injury. Also this news puts more pressure on Isaiah Smalls, Quinn Smith and others to step-up and provide depth.
Perhaps the most devastating news of the day came when Jonathan Smith announced that junior college defensive end transfer, Jeromy Reichner, has suffered an ‘undisclosed injury’. Reichner’s injury is not expected to be season ending, but he will not be ready for the Beavers non-conference schedule (if not longer).
Smith also announced that defensive lineman Jeromy Reichner will miss the first part of the season with an injury. Noted that it’s not season ending, but that he’d be out for a while. #GoBeavs— Brenden Slaughter (@b_slaught) August 7, 2018
Reichner recently debuted on BTD’s countdown list at #25 and was going to provide invaluable depth to one of Oregon State’s most inexperienced positions. Now the Beavers will need to rely on inexperienced pass-rushers or linebackers to get after opposing quarterbacks.
In better news senior safety, Landry Payne, is practicing with the team while he awaits word from the NCAA on a possible sixth year of eligibility. Laundry Payne is a former junior college transfer and would be a huge addition to Oregon State’s secondary. Especially as sophomore safety, David Morris, works his way back from a severe foot injury.