OSU Notebook: New WR reportedly on way

FORMER CAL RECEIVER Jacob Wark is coming home. According to a report in the Oregonian, Wark, who prepped at Jesuit High, will join Oregon State as a walk on tight end. Because he has already graduated from Cal, he is eligible to play in 2014 for the Beavs.

Jacob Wark (6-4, 250) is already listed in OSU's online directory. He'll essentially take the place of signee Jake Knight (at least for the 2014 season.)

Knight decided to focus on track and field and forgo a football career. Back on signing day in February, Mike Riley referred to Knight in saying the Beavs, "need more and more guys like this on our team."

Meanwhile, Wark saw his playing time drop off this past season at Cal under new coach Sonny Dykes. He had two catches for eight yards and one touchdown this past season.

In 2012, he started seven games and caught seven passes for 74 yards and was also the team's third-leading kick returner.

Coming out of Jesuit as part of the 2010 class, he verballed to Cal over offers from Air Force and Vanderbilt according to the Scout.com database. He also played baseball at Cal.

NFL DRAFT GURU Mel Kiper has pegged Beaver QB Sean Mannion as the No. 2 senior quarterback prospect in the land, ranked second only to Baylor's Bryce Petty.

"Mannion is accurate, but he doesn't generate the velocity on his passes you'd expect for someone his size. That's the big question for me going into 2014," says Kiper.

The NFL Draft Advisory Board gave Mannion a third-round grade following the 2013 season, but he opted to return to the Beavers for his senior season.

FSU's Jameis Winston, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley are listed as the top three QB underclassmen by Kiper.

Kiper also lists Beavers Steven Nelson as his No. 4 senior corner draft prospect and Caleb Smith as his "5B" choice for top five underclassmen tight ends.

THE NEW CFB PLAYOFF will be coming with new sponsors. SportsBusiness Journal is reporting that Discover and Tostitos are ending their bowl title sponsorships of playoff bowl games.

Discover has been the title sponsor of the Orange Bowl for the last four seasons, but the bigger surprise is Tostitos, which is set to end its 18-year association with the Fiesta Bowl, according to industry sources, having first sponsored the bowl in 1996.

In April, SportsBusiness Journal reported that Northwestern Mutual would replace Vizio as the presenting sponsor on the Rose Bowl.

ON THE DIAMOND, it still no doubt smarts for BeavFans not to be playing in Omaha this season but Oregon State still had a season for the books. Oregon State senior Ben Wetzler and juniors Jace Fry and Michael Conforto were all named to two All-America teams on Wednesday, giving them all three such honors this season after Collegiate Baseball recognized them two weeks ago.

Wetzler and Conforto earned first-team honors from Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Wednesday while Fry is first-teamer by the NCBWA and second-team selection by Baseball America.

It's the first time since 2005 (Dallas Buck and Jacoby Ellsbury) that the Beavers have had multiple-first team All-America selections by different players and the first time that they've had three in the same season.

Conforto and Wetzler are both finalists for the Dick Howser Award and Conforto is also one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.

Speaking of Wetzler, he signed with the Miami Marlins Wednesday morning, according to a news release first reported by Comcast Sportsnet. Wetzler confirmed that he agreed to a signing bonus worth $30,500, far less than the reported $350-400k signing bonus he turned down from the Philadelphia Phillies after he was drafted in the fifth round last season.


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