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Oregon State Football: Grad Transfer Nathan Eldridge Officially Signs

The former Arizona Wildcat will likely be OSU’s starting center this fall.

NCAA Football: Arizona at Utah Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

While he committed to come to Corvallis back in December, former Arizona Wildcats center Nathan Eldridge is officially a member of the Oregon State Beavers.

OSU made the announcement on Wednesday following Eldridge’s graduation from UofA.

The 6’3”, 292 pounder missed all of last season with a knee injury. In 2016 and 2017 as a freshman and sophomore, Eldridge was on the the Rimington Trophy Watch List and started 25 total games. Eldridge was also a 2017 Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection.

Eldridge joins his former Arizona offensive line coach Jim Michalczik in Corvallis. Michalczik is now OSU’s run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

Provided he stays healthy, Eldridge will likely take over the starting center spot when fall camp rolls around. Nous Keobounnam, who would likely be the second string center, has no starts to date.

Eldridge was originally a 3-star recruit coming out of Anthem, AZ. He was the #19 high school player in the state of Arizona in the class of 2015.

Here’s what we had to say about the new look Beaver offense when Eldridge committed back in December:

“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.”