“Reoccurring” injuries have forced Casey Kjos to quit football, Oregon State announced this afternoon.
The wide receiver suffered a back injury in 2007 that kept him out the entire year and seemed to play the biggest role in his decision.
“It’s always disappointing when a player has to leave the sport due to injury,” head coach Mike Riley said in a statement. “Casey has fought back injuries for a couple of seasons and I know it was a difficult decision for him to make. He has been a very committed and hard working player for Oregon State and we certainly wish him all the best.”
“It was an extremely difficult decision not only due to the fact that I love this game, but that I love this team, love my teammates and love the coaches,” Kjos said. “I have been blessed and am very thankful for the opportunities Coach Riley and the other coaches have given me. There are no other coaches like them.”
Kjos started three games during his time in Corvallis, and finished his career with ten receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.
As noted in the release, Kjos’ departure leaves the Beavers with seven returning lettermen receivers — James Rodgers, Jordan Bishop, Aaron Nichols, Kevan Walker, Markus Wheaton, Geno Munoz and Darrell Catchings.
Oregon State starts spring practice on March 29.