Del Rio to transfer, OSU spring ball moves on

CORVALLIS -- Sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio, the only Oregon State quarterback with any game experience, was not at practice today and both he and Gary Andersen announce in a release that Del Rio will transfer. Meanwhile, spring practice moved ahead.

“Luke has decided to transfer and we will support him,” Gary Andersen said. “He has handled the transition very well and has done everything asked of him. However, he feels it is time to start a new chapter in his life.”

Del Rio played in three games in the 2014 season, completing 8 of 18 passes for 141 yards.

“I want to thank Coach Andersen for the opportunity and wish all of my former teammates the best of luck this season and in the future,” Del Rio said in a statement.

Oregon State practiced on the Reeser Stadium field today, as the spring practices begin to draw to a close.

The practices are now from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. as the players plan to adjust to shorter practice times and an end to the spring training.

During the practice, players ran 7 v. 7 drills with quarterback Nick Mitchell making on-target passes to wide receiver Victor Bolden.

Quarterback Seth Collins made verious connections to wide receiver Xavier Hawskins.

Wideouts Malik Gilmore, Jordan Villamin, Hunter Jarmon, and running back Storm Woods were also standouts during the drill.

The team then transitioned into an 11 v. 11 with Collins completing throws to Woods, Hawskins, and Rahmel Dockery.

Mitchell made a successful pass to wide receiver Richard Mullaney and made an incomplete pass towards right field to seemingly no one. Marcus McMaryion made a few passes to fullback Ricky Ortiz.

Linebacker Kyle Haley was excited by the change in defense with the 3-4 setup. The Beavs have worked the 4-3 the vast majority of spring.

“It’s just different,” Haley said.

Cornerback Larry Scott thought a critical component for the team to still work on is communication.

“We all have to be on the same page,” he said.

Defensive tackle Jalen Grimble noted the hot and cold nature of the defense.

“We don’t have a lot of returners playing defense.”

Regarding the recent practices, the defense has been “winning” many of them according to Gary Andersen.

“We may be a little more physical than they are,” Grimble said, also noting that the offense has a number of new faces as well.

But overall, Grimble believed the most important thing they needed to work on was, “growing as a team.”

“We have a lot of guys who are inexperi

enced…I think we have a good lineup,” said defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake. Although the Beavers seem to have many new faces on the team coaches and players alike seemed optimistic and mostly satisfied with the improvements and progress the team has made as a whole this spring.

Clearly, however, a lot of work remains.

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