Beav safety gets another year

OREGON STATE senior safety Steven Christian as expected has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA, the Beavs announced today.

Steven Christian, a native of Sacramento, Calif., missed the 2009 and '11 seasons while at Hawaii due to labrum injuries. OSU officials submitted a waiver request to the NCAA demonstrating that he lost both those seasons due to circumstances beyond his control -- in short two seasons lost to injury which should allow him to get back one. He transferred to OSU from Hawaiii prior to last season.

The extra year allows Christian to play one more season in Corvallis in 2013.

He played in seven games last season, making five tackles with one interceptions and a forced fumble.

"The last year was an amazing experience for me," Christian said. "To be a part of a wonderful program with coaches such as Coach (Mike) Riley and Coach (Rod) Perry is an honor to have. Over these past eight months I have learned so much as a player and a person from both of them."

Christian has already earned his bachelor's degree from Hawai'i in psychology, with an emphasis on neuroscience. He is currently in graduate school at OSU.

"I've grown real close to many of my teammates even though it hasn't been a full year," Christian added. "Having the opportunity to be a part of Beaver Nation for one more season will yield an even greater experience."

Christian played cornerback and free safety at Hawai'i from 2008-11. He is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, where among his honors he earned was All-Metro and a U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete.

Oregon State returns to the practice field April 1 for the start of spring drills in preparation for the 2013 season.

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