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Report: Departing Oregon State WR Seth Collins facing assault charge


Earlier today we noted that Seth Collins would be, for a second time, leaving Oregon State. As it turns out, there’s little more going on off the field than was originally known.

According to The Oregonian, Collins was arraigned in court Thursday on one count of fourth-degree assault.  The arraignment came the same day as OSU confirmed that the wide receiver had asked for and been granted a release from his scholarship.

The alleged incident that led to the charge occurred in early October at a Corvallis apartment complex and allegedly caused physical injury to the 19-year-old alleged victim, Makaela Martinez.  From the newspapers report:

Lt. Dan Duncan of the Corvallis Police Department said Martinez reported the incident at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Duncan said that Martinez had a “swollen and cut” lip, according to the police report, and said that she had been struck in the face.

[Collin’s attorney Jennifer] Nash said Collins did not know Martinez. She said an altercation started at the party due to an unnamed intoxicated male who was “out of control.” Nash said Collins was not intoxicated and got involved in the altercation, for which Martinez was a bystander.

“(Collins) was trying to help someone else and this situation happened,” Nash said.

A university source, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the incident, said Collins took Martinez’s phone as she recorded the incident on video. Martinez is not enrolled at Oregon State, according to the school’s online directory.

At the time of Collins’ release, he was under suspension by the football program because of the incident, and had been for nearly a month.  Collins missed the first three games of the 2017 season because of a finger injury and returned to play the next three, then was sidelined indefinitely in early October because of what the football program described at the time as a health-related issue.

“OSU athletic department spokesman Steve Fenk said the timing of Collins’ [health-related] absence and the date of the alleged assault were coincidental,” The Oregonian wrote.

The transferring Collins has one year of collegiate eligibility, which he intends to use at another football program, although this off-field incident could cause him some damage in that endeavor. “The filing of charges against him in this manner could have a huge impact on his future,” his attorney said.

Beavers QB Seth Collins has ‘setback’ stretching; status for Utes uncertain

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Children, have at a couple of words in the headline while the adults discuss the real issue.  Or what could be a real issue for Oregon State.

In a disappointing 2-5 first season under Gary Andersen, Seth Collins has been one of the few bright spots for the western OSU.  In his first season as the starting quarterback, the true freshman has struggled at times in the passing game — completed 52 percent of his passes, six touchdowns vs. four interceptions — but leads the Beavers in rushing yards (536) and rushing touchdowns (five).

With a game against Utah in Salt Lake City in the offing, Collins’ status for the game is up in the air.  Why? Gina Mizell of The Oregonian explains that “Collins did not practice Thursday due to an undisclosed injury ‘setback’ sustained during stretching.”

OK then.

“I have no idea,” Andersen said when asked about Collins’ availability for Saturday. “He left the field even before stretch was over with, and (I) haven’t seen him since. We’ll have to get updates from (Dr. Doug Aukerman) as we move forward. I’m always optimistic.”

If Collins is unable to go, Nick Mitchell would start in his stead. Mitchell is a redshirt freshman who has thrown 24 passes this season, all of which came last week in the loss to Colorado. He completed nine of those passes for 122 yards and an interception

Stanford in a dogfight, up four on Oregon State in Corvallis

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Over the last decade or so, USC has struggled against Oregon State in Corvallis.  USC played Stanford last week.  Perhaps some of the Trojans’ Corvallis anti-magic rubbed off on the Cardinal?

Regardless, 21st-ranked Stanford is in the midst of a slugfest with unranked Oregon State, with the former leading the latter 21-17 after 30 minutes of play.  While the Cardinal never trailed, the Beavers were never down by more than seven points either.

In fact, the two teams took turns trading touchdowns for most of the half, with Stanford opening the scoring five minutes into the contest only to see OSU tie it right back up seven minutes later.  Kevin Hogan, who started at quarterback despite a serious ankle injury the previous weekend, tossed a 42-yard touchdown pass late in the opening stanza to regain the lead.

Two minutes later, though, the Beavers opened the second-quarter scoring on a Ryan Nall five-yard touchdown run.  With three minutes left in the opening half, Remound Wright bounced off the right side of his offensive line — literally — on a two-yard run for his second touchdown of the game and a 21-14 lead.  A Garrett Owens’ 24-yard field goal with :22 left cut the lead to 21-17

On a heavily-taped ankle, Hogan has passed for 101 yards, the one touchdown and an interception.  Christian McCaffrey, as has been the case all season, has done everything but score, accounting for 126 first-half all-purpose yards — 88 rushing, 38 receiving.

Freshman Seth Collins has thrown for 107 yards and ran for another 26.

Jim Harbaugh wins Ann Arbor coaching debut, Michigan beats (that other) OSU


Making his coaching debut in Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh saw his Michigan (1-1) squad power its way past Oregon State (1-1) to the tune of a 35-7 blowout. Michigan running back De’Veon Smith led the offense with 126 yards and three touchdowns while the Michigan defense clamped down after Oregon State’s game-opening touchdown drive.

Oregon State marched 79 yards on the first seven plays of the game, with Seth Collins completing a touchdown pass to Hunter Jarmon for a 21-yard score just two minutes into the game. It was all Michigan from there. The Wolverines scored 35 unanswered points, including a late first-half touchdown following up on a major special teams mistake by the Beavers and a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns.

Two games into the season and we are already seeing some good signs of improvement from Michigan under Harbaugh. Quarterback Jake Rudock completed 18 of 26 pass attempts for 180 yards and was picked off once, but he appears to be a decent fit in this offense since moving over from Iowa. There is still room for improvement, which you expect to see early on. Fortunately, Michigan looks to be comfortable handing the ball off to Smith and that should be the case all season long. Ten different players got a rushing attempt in this game as the offense looks to spread the ball around and benefitted from getting a chance to play some more players later in the game.

Michigan did lose a turnover battle though, with a pair of turnovers to just one for Oregon State. But Michigan’s defense held Oregon State to just 138 yards of offense while the offense rolled up 405. Michigan also held the football for 38 minutes and one second. Michigan had 21 first downs, to Oregon State’s 12.

Next up for Michigan will be a home games against UNLV next week. BYU should bring a physical challenge to the Wolverines the following week on September 26, if the Cougars can stay healthy between now and then that is. Oregon State will return home next weekend to host San Jose State.

Goofy special teams gaffe from Oregon State lets Michigan take 10-point lead at half


It took about 84 minutes, but Michigan finally took its first lead in a football game coached by Jim Harbaugh with just over four minutes until reaching halftime against Oregon State in Ann Arbor. De’Veon Smith‘s short touchdown run gave Michigan a 10-7 lead. Now we need to see if the Wolverines can pick up the first win under their new head coach. Michigan leads 17-7 at the half thanks to some poor special teams play from the visiting Oregon State Beavers.

The turning point fo the game may have come on a bizarre sequence late in the first half. Oregon State looked to have pinned the Wolverines back at their two-yard line late in the half, but a penalty called on Oregon State forced to punt once more. This time though the snap sailed over the head of Nick Porebski, and the ball was recovered by Michigan at the Oregon State three-yard line. A couple of plays later Smith pushed forward for his second touchdown of the half as Michigan took a 17-7 lead.

Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock has been dependable for the Wolverines offense, though big plays have not been the formula for the most part. Rudock has completed 11 of 15 pass attempts for 91 yards, and he has been taken down behind the line of scrimmage. Smith has led the way on the ground with 73 rushing yards so far.

Late in the half we got our first real glimpse of Harbaugh’s rage factor when Michigan was called for a roughing the punter penalty (the punter was outside the tackle box). Harbaugh was none too pleased with the call on the field by the officials. There will be more of this in the future for Wolverine fans.


Oregon State took an early lead on the Wolverines just minutes into the game. Seth Collins completed a pass to Hunter Jarmon for a 21-yard touchdown play for the early lead.