News of players leaving the Oregon State football team this past week came as no surprise. The Beavers signed 24 players in the 2012 recruiting class and by my count are still seven beyond the 85-scholarship limit.
There are 66 returning scholarship players, and reports have said DT Andrew Seumalo and P Tim McMullen will be awarded scholarships to make it 68.
Chances are other players will leave early for opportunities of more playing time or academic issues, and some recruits will greyshirt and delay enrollment until the winter. Maybe some recruits won’t academically qualify.
Coach Mike Riley already said PK Garrett Owens will greyshirt. And American Samoa players DL Noke Tago and LB Rommel Mageo are probable greyshirts. So that’s still seven more to go.
Fan response on my blog was either the ship is sinking because players are leaving, or that they quitting on the Beavers.
One, as pointed out above, room has to be made for the fall. Two, there’s no dishonor in wanting to play. That’s why they are here. A degree is always the backup plan until that moment comes when it’s not.
So offseason player attrition is as much a part of college football as tailgating and cheerleaders. The ship is not sinking because of that and they are not quitters. They are looking for a new beginning.