Defensive tackle Wilson Holman (6-4.5, 295) and Ian Brinker (OT, 6-6, 280), who signed Letters of Intent to play for Oregon State this February, will not be suiting up for Oregon State this fall.
Holman, out of Moses Lake, Wash., said he'll grayshirt and plans a January enrollment at OSU. Brinker, however, is gone for good.
BRINKER SAID HIS decision centered around simply not wanting to play the game any longer.
"Actually I declined the offer," said Brinker. "Football, I didn't want to make it my life."
The Tucson, Ariz., native said it was not an issue of injury nor academics -- he graduated with a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1300 on the old SAT last year. Brinker said he simply didn't enjoy the game any longer. The amount of time a college football player dedicates to the game, year-round, was also a factor.
"I just decided I would be a lot happier person if I wasn't playing football," he said.
Brinker will be attending Arizona this fall, but was adamant that he would not be playing football for the Wildcats, or anyone else, saying his playing days are done.
Brinker has spent the summer saving up for the cost of a college education.
"I've been working and that's about it -- I need to pay for my tuition now," Brinker said with a laugh.
Brinker had offers from OSU and Colorado State this past recruiting season. The former Salpointe Catholic High star was named all-Region in his senior year.
With Brinker's decision, OSU's 2005 offensive line class has been cut in half. Michael Marks, Kainoa LaCount, Gregg Peat and Brinker all signed in February. LaCount reportedly did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements and will go the junior college route at College of the Canyons.
HOLMAN SAID he fell one point shy on his ACT and will grayshirt this year. The Spokane product said plans on enrolling at Oregon State in January after he achieves a qualifying score.
"I just need to get one more point on that test, so (the OSU coaches) told me I can grayshirt," said Holman.
OSU signed two defensive tackles and zero defensive ends last February, although they have since added DE Victor Butler, who signed in May. JC transfer William Vea remains the lone incoming interior d-lineman in the class. Coach Mike Riley said this past February on Signing Day that the Beavs were thin on the defensive line, something that will underscore the position needs at DE and DT for the 2006 class with Holman now failing to qualify.
Holman plans on spending the rest of his summer and the fall studying, and also working out five days a week.
Holman said he plans on staying in touch with the coaching staff this year and hopes to attend some of the games at Reser Stadium.
"And I'm going to be there pretty quickly, as soon as I can," he said.
OTHER ACADEMIC CASUALTIES from the 2005 class include linebacker Kevin Maher of Lake Oswego and reportedly, cornerback Tirrell Thompson. The pair will attend Foothill College.
Cornerback remains a huge concern. The Beavs addressed the departure of starters Aric Williams and Brandon Browner by signing two top-flight JC corners this past February, Edorian McCullough and Aaron Miller. Both McCullough and Miller, expected to immediately challenge for playing time this year, are reportedly on the bubble to qualify.
OSU loses two linemen from '05 class
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