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Ex-Beaver Richard Mullaney tweets he will transfer to Tide

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That certainly didn’t take long.

Friday, Oregon State confirmed that Richard Mullaney was leaving the Beavers for an undetermined location, with speculation centering around Alabama and Nebraska as potential landing spots.  Monday, the wide receiver visited the Crimson Tide.

A day after that visit?  It appears it went extremely well for both sides as Mullaney took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to announce that he will continue his collegiate playing career in Tuscaloosa.

Because is a graduate transfer, Mullaney will be eligible to play in 2015.

It should be noted that UA has yet to confirm Mullaney’s addition top the roster.  Still, the unofficial addition of the 6-3, 197-pound receiver, especially given the early departure of the record-setting Amari Cooper for the NFL, could prove to be a significant one for Lane Kiffin‘s Tide offense.

During his time at OSU, Mullaney caught 83 passes for 1,160 yards and five touchdowns. Prior to an elbow injury that cost him the last half of the 2014 season, Mullaney was third on the Beavers in receptions (18) and receiving yards (216).

Completely healthy in 2013, Mullaney hauled in 52 passes for 788 yards, totals that were both second on the Beavers.  Per OSU, 37 of his 52 receptions that season resulted in either first downs or touchdowns.

Ex-Beaver WR will reportedly visit Tide Monday

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Two days after his divorce from a Pac-12 school was confirmed, it appears Richard Mullaney may have his eyes set on a new home a lot further to the east.  And south.

According to a tweet from Andrew Bone of TideSports.com, Mullaney will visit Alabama on Monday.  Friday night, Oregon State had announced that the wide receiver had decided to transfer from the Beavers.

Almost immediately, ‘Bama, along with Nebraska, were mentioned as potential landing spots.  There’s no word on if the Cornhuskers are still in play.

As a graduate transfer, Mullaney will be eligible to play immediately in 2015 regardless of which FBS program at which he ultimately lands.

Regardless of where Mullaney ends up, some team will get immediate and experienced help in the receiving corps.

During his time at OSU, Mullaney caught 83 passes for 1,160 yards and five touchdowns. Prior to an elbow injury that cost him the last half of the 2014 season, Mullaney was third on the Beavers in receptions (18) and receiving yards (216).

Leaving the Beavers: WR Richard Mullaney transferring from OSU

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Back in October of last year, an injury ended Richard Mullaney‘s 2014 season. As it turns out, the wide receiver’s career at Oregon State has ended as well.

OSU announced Friday night that Mullaney has decided to transfer from the Beavers. Mullaney’s decision to leave the Beavers comes a few months after Mike Riley left OSU for Nebraska and Gary Andersen left Wisconsin to replace him.

“I want to thank Richard for his contributions during this coaching transition,” Andersen said in a statement. “It is his choice to transfer and we will support him as he moves into the next phase of his life.”

As a graduate transfer, Mullaney will be eligible to play immediately in 2015. Nebraska, as well as Alabama, has been mentioned as a potential landing spot.

Regardless of where Mullaney ends up, some FBS program will get immediate experienced help in the receiving corps.

During his time at OSU, Mullaney caught 83 passes for 1,160 yards and five touchdowns. Prior to an elbow injury that cost him the last half of the 2014 season, Mullaney was third on the Beavers in receptions (18) and receiving yards (216).

“OSU and Reser Stadium will always be a special place for me and I’m very thankful of ‘Beaver Nation’ for all the support,” Mullaney said in his school-released statement. “I also want to thank Coach Andersen for his support in my decision. I wish him and all of my former teammates the best of luck this season.”

Elbow injury likely ends season of Beavers starting wideout

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Unfortunately, the injury to one of Oregon State’s leading receivers was as bad as originally feared.

In the second half of last Thursday night’s double-overtime loss to Utah, Richard Mullaney suffered an elbow injury.  At the time, Mike Riley said the wide receiver would be “out for a while.”

A few days later, the head coach wasn’t nearly as “optimistic” as he was shortly after the loss.

“We’ll be lucky if we get him back before the end of the year,” Riley succinctly stated.

As Mullaney is the most experienced member of OSU’s receiving corps, the loss will be a significant one. And one that the coaching staff isn’t downplaying.

“I think everyone’s disappointed for Mullaney,” the player’s position coach, Brent Brennan, said. “He’s an awesome kid, he’s a good teammate, he’s been a good player.

“So that hurts us and we’re sad for him.”

Through six games, Mullaney is third on the Beavers in receptions (18) and receiving yards (216). With Mullaney out, redshirt freshman Jordan Villamin (6-115-2) will take over as a starting receiver.

Storm damage: Beavers lose RB, WR in double-OT loss to Utes

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Oregon State’s punch-to-the-gut loss to No. 20 Utah in a couple of extra sessions Thursday night was exacerbated by a pair of injuries to key offensive playmakers.

The most serious of those appears to be to Richard Mullaney, who suffered an elbow injury in the second half of the 29-23 double-overtime loss to the Utes and didn’t return.  After the game, Mike Riley acknowledged that the wide receiver will be “out for a while, maybe the season.”

Additionally, running back Storm Woods sustained an injury to his right knee in the first half.  He didn’t return to the game, either.

The OSU head coach was unable to offer any details on Johnson’s injury or potential missed playing time in his postgame press conference.

Johnson is currently second on the team in rushing with 388 yards and three touchdowns.  Mullaney, meanwhile, is second in receptions (18) and receiving yards (216).

On the Utes’ front, it was all about Devontae Booker.

The junior running back ran for 229 and three touchdowns in the win, with the latter score serving as the game-winning points in the second extra session.  The game proved to be yet another immensely productive uptick to Booker’s 2014 season.  In the first three games of the year, Booker ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns; the last three games, those numbers are 563 and five.

Booker’s play is a significant reason why the Utes are one of four Pac-12 South teams — USC, Arizona, Arizona State — with one conference loss apiece.  The Utes will face all three of those teams before the end of the regular season.