With the news of the retirements of OL Darryl Jackson (hip) and LB Tony Wilson (stingers) due to injuries, it’s time to do some scholarship counting for the Oregon State football team.
I’ve counted 65 returning scholarship players now, and that doesn’t count the rumored scholarships of DL Andrew Seumalo and P Tim McMullen.
The Beavers have 24 players signed for the fall. K Garrett Owens is already expecting to greyshirt and delay enrollment. So 65 plus 23 gives you 88 scholarships, three over the limit.
Coach Mike Riley said there’s one other unnamed potential greyshirt in the class. He talked to that player, and it could go either way depending on if anyone doesn’t show up in the fall or leaves the program for whatever reason.
Under that premise, I’m expecting three other players that Riley is not. Or, he forgot about other greyshirts. I’ll have a clarification once spring practice beings, April 3.
There were a couple players Riley didn’t mention as part of his depth chart — WR Tyler Trosin and DE Akeem Gonzales — but OSU SID Steve Fenk says they are still on the roster. A better count will be made after OSU releases a depth chart to the media in a week.
Whatever the reason for the extra two, the Beavers are close to the 85 scholarship limit after what seemed like an overabundance of players after signing day. These things always work their way out.