The Oregon State football team has had a rough year with injuries and illness. But unlike the normal injuries that occur to football players across the nation, the Beavers have been dealt serious blow after serious blow as players have gone down with life threatening diagnosis'.
BeaverBlitz has confirmed that the Oregon State football team will honor Drew Clarkson, Robert Olson and Seth Collins at the Civil War game, with the trio acting as game captains for the Beavers on Saturday.
Clarkson was diagnosed with testicular cancer between his junior and senior year in high school. After undergoing surgery and chemo therapy he returned for his senior year at Camas High School and signed a letter of intent to play football at Oregon State. A slew of injuries kept him on the sideline and earlier this year he underwent another surgery to remove a pre-cancerous lymph node. He retired from football in March.
Clarkson's roommate and fellow offensive lineman was Olson, who also has suffered through injury after injury throughout his time in Corvallis, was diagnosed with testicular cancer this summer. He too has underwent chemo therapy and was back in Corvallis in time for the start of classes in September.
Seth Collins, a starting wide receiver, became ill two weeks ago on the team's return from Los Angeles after playing UCLA. He was hospitalized in Corvallis, Oregon with what was believed to be bacterial meningitis. Collins was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving evening after spending 11 days at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.
The Beavers will host the Ducks in the annual Civil War game on Saturday, with a 1:00 pm kick-off.