OSU wideout Mullaney to transfer

OREGON STATE senior wide receiver Richard Mullaney, he of the great hands and uncanny ability to convert third downs, has elected to transfer, head man Gary Andersen announced Friday.

“I want to thank Richard for his contributions during this coaching transition,” Andersen said in the release. “It his choice to transfer and we will support him as he moves into the next phase of his life.”

Richard Mullaney was at times stellar, and it might have been all the time if he hadn't been injured. After a sophomore season where he caught 52 balls for 788 yards, Mullaney missed about half of the 2014 campaign with an elbow injury.

He lettered all three years for the Beavers, redshirting as a true freshman in 2011. He caught 83 passes for 1,160 yards and five touchdowns during his Beaver career.

“OSU and Reser Stadium will always be a special place for me and I’m very thankful of `Beaver Nation’ for all the support,” Mullaney said in the release. “I also want to thank Coach Andersen for his support in my decision. I wish him and all of my former teammates the best of luck this season.”

Mullaney, who graduated spring term in human development and family sciences, is immediately eligible to play at another institution per NCAA rules.

While it's a bit of a blow given Mullaney's excellent hands and ability to move the chains, OSU is fairly well stocked at wideout.

Junior Victor Bolden led the Beavers with 72 catches and 798 yards last year and remains the No. 1 receiving option. Sophomore Jordan Villamin is a rising star after a 35-catch, 578 yards season where he caught a team-high six touchdowns in place of the injured Mullaney. Sophomore Hunter Jarmon, junior Rahmel Dockery and junior Malik Gilmore are also back in 2015, while sophomore Xavier Hawkins, redshirt freshman Datrin Guyton and incoming freshman Paul Lucas will battle the incumbents. Lucas, by the way, comes in with a lot of fanfare after being a big recruiting get for Andersen.

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