Think about that for a moment.
After breaking his foot, Isaac Seumalo missed all of spring practice last year. Then he missed fall camp. Then he missed the entire season.
He missed spring ball again this year. Not to mention all the offseason workouts where he's been either a non-participant or limited.
Yet he's been name to the 2015 Outland Trophy watchlist, the award presented to the nation’s top interior lineman on either side of the ball.
Before his injury, NFL-types were licking their chops. The thinking was that Seumalo, listed as a center but who can, and has, played all over the line including at left tackle, would star again last season at Oregon State and then leave a year early for the NFL draft. The broken foot and its exceedingly slow recovery changed all of that.
If Seumalo can return to action in fall camp, and his previous form through the season, it will be one of the major storylines of Gary Andersen's first season at OSU.
Andersen has been cautiously optimistic Seumalo will be ready to go for fall camp. But predecessor Mike Riley was the same at so many different points last year heading into spring ball, fall camp and throughout the first half of last season. After so many false starts, OSU fans remain hopeful, but they have also naturally come to the conclusion that they'll believe it when they see it.
But if he does return to form this August and beyond it would mean Seumalo, that rare o-lineman who started as a true freshman and who has started all 25 games he’s played in at Oregon State, would once again start drawing heavy interest from the NFL.
Seumalo is the second Beaver offensive lineman to be included in a preseason national awards watch list. Senior Josh Mitchell is on the roster of the Rimington Award, presented to the top center in the country. OSU running back Storm Barrs-Woods is also a preseason honoree as a candidate for the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player.
Oregon State opens fall camp on Sat., Aug. 8. The season opener is Friday, Sept 4 vs. Weber State.
Fans can purchase tickets in the amenity-filled Club level for the season opener for the special price of $79 and $99 for San Jose State on Sept 19. In addition to the Club special, full season ticket options are available for as low as $150 and the half-season Quick 3 plan for $175. To get in on the action go to beavertickets.com or call 800-GO-BEAVS.
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