Beav QB Del Rio cleared for 2014

IT'S NOW OFFICIALLY a three-man race for the No. 2 QB job at Oregon State for the 2014 season. Oregon State was notified Friday by the NCAA that redshirt freshman quarterback Luke Del Rio has been granted immediate eligibility. Del Rio transferred to OSU in March from Alabama, where he was a backup walk on true freshman quarterback.

The NCAA ruled that Luke Del Rio warranted relief from the football transfer rules that usually apply. He now has four-to-play-four.

"We were thinking he would not be eligible for the year and were preparing for him for the following season," Mike Riley said. "This is good news. It gives us one more guy in the mix immediately."

Del Rio was a three-star recruit out of Valor Christian High in Highland Ranch, Colo., according to Scout.com. He was also rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Colorado and the No. 27 pocket passer nationally by ESPN.com. Del Rio passed for 2,275 yards as a senior with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions leading the Eagles to the Colorado 5A State Championship. He was named a first team all-state selection by the Denver Post. As a junior in 2011, he threw for 2,580 yards and 20 touchdowns at Episcopal High in Jacksonville, Fla.

"I knew it was going to be yes or no so I was kind of on pins and needles," Del Rio said minutes after learning of the NCAA ruling while on the Beavers' practice field. "It's more relief than anything. I've been waiting for two months. I'm really excited."

Del Rio is in competition with sophomore Brent Vanderveen and redshirt freshman Kyle Kempt for the No. 2 spot at quarterback for the Beavers behind senior and postseason honors candidate Sean Mannion.

Del Rio is the son of former NFL player, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.

The Spring Football Showcase at Oregon State is scheduled for May 3 at Reser Stadium. The day begins at 10 a.m. with the 50-Yard-Line Sale at the Truax Center that features actual game and practice jerseys, shoes and other OSU Athletics apparel. The popular autograph session starts at 10:45 a.m. with the team taking the field at 1 p.m. The game portion of the day will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.


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