Isaac Seumalo likely to redshirt, says Riley

THE ISAAC SEUMALO WATCH began in the spring after he broke his foot this past December in the Hawaii Bowl. Then it continued all the way through fall camp. As the regular season began and the weeks fell off the calendar, the Beavers' star center was still unable to practice. Mike Riley publicly said for the first time on Tuesday the 6-5, 297-pounder is now likely to redshirt.

"He is still not walking, so I think it's likely he will not play. And of course, that would indicate that he would use his redshirt year, then," Mike Riley said on Tuesday on the Pac-12 coaches' conference call.

Isaac Seumalo was one of the rare offensive linemen who not only play but start in their true freshman season.

Assuming he doesn't play in the Beavs' final six regular season games or a bowl game, he would be a fourth-year junior in 2015 with two years of eligibility remaining.

The foot has been slow to heal. Riley first announced Seumalo would miss spring ball but the projection was for him to be ready for fall camp.

Late this summer, Riley said he probably wouldn't be ready for the first game of the season, but should be back soon thereafter.

Riley has said Seumalo's best position is probably guard rather than center, despite Seumalo racking up just about every watchlist and preseason award at the center position.

When injuries struck the Beaver front last season, o-line coach Mike Cavanaugh determined his best course would be to move Seumalo to tackle. And he excelled.

If only his surgically repaired foot could do the same.

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