Eight Oregon State football players left the program for personal reasons, coach Mike Riley announced Thursday.
The change was also a way for the Beavers to get closer to the 85-scholarship limit with the addition of a large recruiting class.
The biggest blow to the Beavers was the loss of senior slot receiver Jordan Bishop who decided to retire from football and track due to ongoing ankle injuries.
Bishop, a West Salem High graduate, lettered three years in football and concluded his career with 66 receptions for 893 yards and four touchdowns. He played in 34 games and started 12, and will graduate in human development and family studies following the summer term.
“It’s disappointing that Jordan will not be able to play his senior season,” Riley said in a press release. “He has been a tremendous team member and will always be a part of Beaver Nation. I wish him the best in what will be surely a successful professional career of his choosing.”
Bishop, who had two surgeries on the same ankle the last two years, was a high jumper in track for the Beavers and earned All-America honors in 2010.
The other players who departed the team were reserves: senior receiver Geno Munoz, senior cornerback Keynan Parker, junior linebacker Cade Cowdin, junior quarterback Jack Lomax, junior linebacker Zeke Sanders, redshirt freshman linebacker Will Storey and redshirt freshman receiver Tyler Trosin.
Munoz, who has also fought injuries during his career, graduated with a degree in human development and family studies. Parker, a native of British Columbia, was drafted in May by the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes.
Trosin was suspended from spring practice for violating team rules. Storey and Sanders moved from safety to linebacker in the spring in hopes of finding a place on the depth chart.
Cowdin transferred into OSU before the spring after playing at College of the Desert. Lomax never moved up past third on the depth chart.
The Beavers now have 87 scholarships committed to athletes for the fall season. One is for kicker Garrett Owens, who plans to delay enrollment as a greyshirt. That gives Riley one scholarship to work with for normal attrition.