Adeniji earns scholarship left by McNeil

2009-09-06T21:15:00Z Adeniji earns scholarship left by McNeilBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

Senior walk-on wide receiver Damola Adeniji was awarded a scholarship by Oregon State football coach Mike Riley.

The scholarship became available last week when junior offensive lineman Brent McNeil quit the team.

Adeniji started at split end in Saturday's game against Portland State, his first significant action of his career. He caught three passes for 45 yards.

"I'm glad to do it," Riley said. "He sacrificed a lot to do this. He worked jobs to make this go, and he earned it."

A Eugene native, Adeniji played two season at a junior college before joining the Beavers. He redshirted in 2007 and saw limited action last season.

"He was very excited, and it's a nice thing to be able to do," Riley said. "I'm sad one guy left the program but happy someone else was able to get a scholarship."

McNeil's departure was a surprise. He struggled with his weight and academics last season but came back strong in both areas. However, he didn't like the move to third string before the season started.

McNeil plans to go back home and finish his education and support his family, Riley said.

"He battled back in school, fought back to get eligible, and he did a nice job in summer," Riley said. "He was in a lot better shape than in spring. He was disappointed in his position in the depth at this time. But he's got some important things to tend to. He has a child and wife. He looked at his priorities, and made big decisions."

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