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Ex-Utah State QB walking on at Oregon State

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It doe not matter what the scholarship situation is at Oregon State for quarterback Darrell Garretson. Garretson is willing to walk on with the Beavers for a chance to be a part of the program. Garretson will transfer to Oregon State from Mountain West Conference’s Utah State.

“It doesn’t matter,” Garretson said about walking on with the Beavers to The Oregonian. “I like the place too much. I actually went there on an unofficial (visit) going into my senior year of high school, and I really liked it then. I don’t think it’s changed too much.”

Garretson will be reunited with former Utah State offensive coordinator Kevin McGivens, now the quarterbacks coach at Oregon State. The Beavers will have a new starting quarterback in 2015 with Sean Mannion graduated. Garreston’s first chance to make a case for the starting job will come next year.

As previously reported, Garretson was blocked from transferring to Washington because the Huskies appear on Utah State’s upcoming schedule. The Aggies visit Washington this season on September 19. Garretson will have to sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules anyway, but sometimes schools are pretty paranoid about players transferring to schools appearing on the upcoming schedule. Garretson will be eligible to play for Oregon State in 2016 and he will have two years of eligibility remaining once he does become eligible.

Garretson was Utah State’s leading passer in 2015, taking charge of the opportunity to play once injured quarterback Chuckie Keeton was forced to once again cut his season short due to injury concerns. In six games, Garretson completed 67.4 percent of his pass attempts for 1,140 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions. However, Garretson injured his wrist and that caused him to miss the second half of the season as well.

Another report has Luke Del Rio ticketed for Gators

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Barring something unforeseen, it appears Florida will indeed reel in a well-traveled quarterback.

Citing a source with knowledge — presumably of the situation — The Oregonian is reporting that Luke Del Rio will complete his second transfer, a process that began in April as he announced he was leaving Oregon State, by heading to UF.  Del Rio is expected to enroll at the Gainesville school at some point this summer.

It had previously been reported that Del Rio was likely to end up with the Gators in the coming months.

Barring the unexpected, Del Rio will have to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  That would then leave the player with two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.

Del Rio, the son of former USC great and current NFL head coach Jack Del Riotransferred to OSU from Alabama in January of 2014.  He was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA, and served as Sean Mannion’s primary backup last season as he completed 8-of-18 passes for 141 yards.

The fact that he was third in the Beavers’ spring pecking order behind true freshman Seth Collins and redshirt freshman Nick Mitchell likely played a role in his decision to seek out a third program in as many years.

Del Rio was a three-star member of the Tide’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 28 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Colorado.

Former Beaver, ‘Bama QB expected to move on to Florida

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Wednesday it was reported that Skyler Mornhinweg would be transferring from Florida to an Ivy League institution, leaving the Gators with just two scholarship quarterbacks on their roster at the moment.

We don’t know yet whether Everett Golson will be added to that roll, but we do know one who is very likely coming aboard.

The Associated Press reported the same day as Mornhinweg’s decision surfaced that UF will likely add Luke Del Rio to its roster at some point this summer.  The well-traveled Del Rio announced in early April that he would be transferring from Oregon State.

He will be forced to sit out the 2015 season, and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.

Del Rio, the son of former USC great and current NFL head coach Jack Del Riotransferred to OSU from Alabama in January of 2014.  He was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA, and served as Sean Mannion’s primary backup last season as he completed 8-of-18 passes for 141 yards.

The fact that he was third in the Beavers’ pecking order behind true freshman Seth Collins and redshirt freshman Nick Mitchell.

Del Rio was a three-star member of the Tide’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 28 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Colorado.

On the move again: Luke Del Rio to transfer from Beavers

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In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Oregon State’s battle to replace Sean Mannion has been whittled from three down to two.

In a release Thursday, OSU head coach Gary Andersen announced that Luke Del Rio has decided to transfer out of the Beavers football program.  No reason was given for the departure.

“Luke has decided to transfer and we will support him,” the first-year OSU head coach said in a statement. “He has handled the transition very well and has done everything asked of him. However, he feels it is time to start a new chapter in his life.”

Del Rio, the son of former USC great and current NFL head coach Jack Del Rio, transferred to OSU from Alabama in January of 2014.  He was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA, and served as Mannion’s primary backup last season as he completed 8-of-18 passes for 141 yards.

Del Rio was a three-star member of the Tide’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 28 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Colorado.

To where he will transfer now remains to be seen.

“I want to thank Coach Andersen for the opportunity and wish all of my former teammates the best of luck this season and in the future,” the quarterback said.

With Del Rio’s departure, it’s now a two-man fight for the starting job between true freshman Seth Collins and redshirt freshman Nick Mitchell.  Based on their respective class status, you may have divined that neither player has attempted a pass at the collegiate level.

The only other scholarship quarterback currently on the roster is redshirt freshman Marcus McMaryion, which means that, regardless of which player wins the starting job — and barring a graduate transfer — the Beavers will go into the 2015 season with a player under center who has never thrown a pass at this level of football.

Ameer Abdullah earns Reese’s Senior Bowl MVP as North triumphs over South

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The 2014 season was one for the ages for Big Ten running backs, so it was fitting to see Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Minnesota’s David Cobb help lead the North to a Reese’s Senior Bowl victory Saturday in Mobile, Alabama. Abdullah, the game’s MVP, rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving yards and Cobb rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown. The North pulled away from the South in the second half for a 34-13 victory.

For Abdullah, the chance to wrap up his collegiate career before a large group of family and friends from his home state of Alabama was a special opportunity

“Being down here was much more than putting on a good performance for me,” Abdullah said after the game. “Leaving this state was something that was hard for me to do. You could write a movie about it, really, just coming back and playing on Alabama soil for my last time as a collegiate athlete. I couldn’t paint a better picture.”

The Senior Bowl performance was especially good for Abdullah, who had battled some injuries in 2014 and had a somewhat discouraging week of practice leading up to the game according to some scouting reports.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty also had a tough time in practices this week, missing out on an opportunity to shine in the spotlight for a game without two of the top quarterbacks entering the NFL Draft (Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston). Petty completed nine of his 13 pass attempts for 123 yards and was intercepted once. It was not a banner week for any of the quarterbacks in the game, to be fair. Oregon State’s Sean Mannion tossed the only touchdown pass of the afternoon, a 10-yard pass to Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack in the second quarter. Auburn’s Nick Marshall made the move to cornerback and recorded five tackles in the game, tied for the most tackles on the South team.

The Pac-12 had two players stand out in the game on defense as well. Utah defensive end Nate Orchard and Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton were among the defensive standouts with five tackles. Orchard had 1.5 tackles for a loss in his stat line.

How much stock is placed on one performance in the Senior Bowl varies by team and scout, but there were some players that stood out above most of the others on Saturday. Yale fullback Tyler Varga was one of them. Varga had four rushing attempts resulting in 31 yards and he was the North’s second leading receiver behind Abdullah with 39 receiving yards.