NCAA denies Moevao's appeal for sixth year of eligibility

2010-03-04T23:15:00Z NCAA denies Moevao's appeal for sixth year of eligibilityBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

Former Oregon State quarterback Lyle Moevao's appeal for a sixth year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA on Thursday.

Moevao missed all but one pass play last season, and some of his junior year, due to shoulder and ankle injuries.

He hoped for a sixth year because he lost so much time, but it was a long shot.

"It's disappointing for the most part in the final decison," Moeavo said. "At the same time I have to go on and figure out what I'm going to do in my future."

Sixth years are rarely granted. Athletes must miss two full seasons out of the possible five to circumstances they can't control. The intent of the rule is to give them an opportunity to play four seasons.

Moevao was healthy for almost four seasons, and had the opportunity to play during four of his five seasons. That was the reason the NCAA cited for denial.

He played one season at El Camino College in the Los Angeles area, redshirted at OSU in 2006 and played in 2007 and 2008. Those where his four years of opportunity.

"We are all very disappointed in the outcome of Lyle's appeal for the sixth year," coach Mike Riley said. "We will of course miss him, both as a person and as a player on our team. He not only won a lot of games as our quarterback, including some of our biggest wins in history, but he was the heart-and-soul personality in our program."

The original injury occurred the first week of November 2008 against Arizona when he was driven to the ground on his shoulder. He missed two games and required offseason surgery.

His throwing shoulder needed total reconstruction, and he wasn't ready to compete for his starting job or play as a backup until midseason in 2009.

The next injury happened in October during practice when defensive end Matt LaGrone fell on the back of his right foot. He needed surgery to repair damaged ligaments.

Moevao is still rebuilding the strength in his foot at this point. He has been practicing with former teammates in hopes of coming back next year.

"Right now my main concern is getting back to full health and finishing my degree this term," Moeavo said. "I haven't been healthy in a long time."

The plan is to train for pro workouts next year when he's fully healed, and see if he can make any time of team. He's open to the Canadian Football League or an area league team.

Moevao ended his career with an 11-4 record as a starter, ranked seventh in OSU passing yards with 3,410 and ninth in passing touchdowns with 21.

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