- Major congratulations are in order for former Oregon State running back Steven Jackson who announced on Monday he would be part of the latest round of inductees into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be on September 25th. Jackson ran for 3,625 yards and 39 rushing touchdowns in his time as a Beav from 2001 to 2003. Jackson helped OSU get to to bowl games in his playing tenure also before a fruitful NFL career. These days, Jackson works for the NFL as Pacific-West coordinator of the NFL Legends Community.
- In one of the more eyebrow raising stories of the week, former Beaver and current Texas Tech receiver Seth Collins told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that he believes his constant sickness (Collins was sidelined with mononucleosis and bacterial meningitis, plus a broken finger at Oregon State) was due to the climate in the Pacific Northwest. That argument is actually what convinced the NCAA to give Collins a health-based waiver, allowing him immediate eligibility at Texas Tech.
- Fall football camp is in full swing and through the first few days, there have already been some interesting notes (good and bad) for the Beavs. Here are a few of the key things to know.
The QB competition is getting interesting with both Conor Blount and Jake Luton getting some good reps in. Blount especially is turning some heads though.
I have yet to see a QB take a snap under center during 11-on-11s. Conor Blount has been the standout performer to me so far. #GoBeavs— Bob Lundeberg (@The_Real_Bob) August 7, 2018
Tight end Tuli Wily-Matagi’s football career appears to be over and the Beavs will be without defensive end Jeromy Reichner for the first part of the season.
Some news from Oregon State's fourth day of preseason camp: Tight end Tuli Wily-Matagi has retired from football for personal reasons. Defensive end Jeromy Reichner suffered an undisclosed injury and will miss several weeks.— nick daschel (@nickdaschel) August 7, 2018
Also, expect Landry Payne to gain a medical year of eligibility in the near future and everybody seems really happy with the improvement in the linebacker group so far, particularly with Kee Whetzel.
- While the Beavers look like they are losing depth in some positions right now, they appear to be gaining some at punter. Luke Loecher of Cedar Falls, Iowa has been playing the Kirkwood Community College baseball team. But looks like he is switching sports and headed to Corvallis. No word yet on if Loecher is a scholarship player or a walk on. Loecher graduated high school in 2017, so that would make him a sophomore if he is immediately eligible to play.
After a crazy summer of decisions and training, I’m thrilled to say I’m going to Oregon State University to begin my college punting career! ⚾️➡️— Luke Loecher (@Luke_Loecher) August 7, 2018
Go Beavs! pic.twitter.com/3vBpgttJZ9
- In baseball news, here’s a few notes about players from this year’s national championship team.
Nick Madrigal is playing out of his mind with just one strikeout in almost eighty professional at-bats.
I saw Nick Madrigal in person for the first time tonight and my hot take is that he’s good at the game of baseball.— David Lee (@David11Lee) July 31, 2018
Michael Gretler is continuing to find new positions to excel at during his time in the minors.
Michael Gretler started at third, first and behind the plate during his four seasons in Corvallis.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) August 6, 2018
But never at short. That didn't stop him from starting at short for West Virginia last night.
He's batting .281 with 7 doubles, 2 triples and 14 RBI in 25 games. #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/m486YqPGLf
And Luke Heimlich appeared to have a deal in place with a Chinese professional team, but the contract was not approved by the league (Chinese Professional Baseball League), as they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to players with a criminal history of any kind.
According to the #CPBL official, the league have decided not to approve Luke Heimlich's contract.— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) August 7, 2018
The league also demand the #Lamigo Monkeys to terminate Heimlich's contract immediately.
The CPBL have a zero tolerance policy on players with criminal history. https://t.co/3gRO0Te9Dj