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Oregon State interim coach Cory Hall is waiting for all pertinent information before making a final decision on the extent of running back Trevorris Johnson's (24) suspension.

Oregon State interim coach Cory Hall said that details of the suspension of running back Trevorris Johnson are still being sorted out by the staff.

The announcement of the indefinite suspension was made on Wednesday.

"Obviously, things happen and we're going to handle those things internally," Hall said. "I'm going to talk to him and see where he is."

Johnson's status for Saturday's game at Arizona had yet to be determined as of noon Thursday.

"You've just got to see what the circumstances are and make sure we're doing what's best for the team and the student-athlete and the university," Hall said. "I really haven't sat down and discussed everything. So right now it's something I'd rather not discuss until I get all the pertinent information."

Hall said he wants to make sure Johnson and any other athletes who find themselves in a similar situation get a fair chance.

"And when you make mistakes like that, you kind of just grow up and learn from it," Hall said. "It's not over by a long shot. We've just got to have conversations with him and make sure we're leading these young student-athletes down the right path, teaching him the right things."

Hungalu on his game at Cal

Manase Hungalu was surprised to hear that his 20 tackles were two short of the Oregon State record.

Hungalu said he would hold the record if he had not had a few breakdowns on other plays.

"When we look back at the film, I should have had 30," Hungalu said. "I was misaligned on some plays, I didn't read my keys and just kind of made me fit wrong. I should have had 30 in that game."

Hungalu said he'd like to average 20 tackles a game.

"If I could, I'd really want to get 20 every game," he said. "Twenty is definitely a high standard for me, definitely what I wanted."

Hungalu's game came a week after he was cited by a Corvallis police officer for violent conduct.

He said his teammates were understanding and he did not lose any ground as a leader.

"Those are guys that look up to me," he said. "There was guys that I looked up to and made an impact on my life and hopefully I can do that for them."

Hayes plays Tate

The Beavers are going up against one of the most dynamic running quarterbacks in the country in Arizona's Khalil Tate this Saturday in Tucson.

Hall's first thought when looking for a scout team QB to play the role of Tate this week was cornerback Kaleb Hayes.

"When we recruited Kaleb Hayes, he was a quarterback. He ran that same zone read. He ran that offense," Hall said. "And so what people fail to realize is Kaleb Hayes is very explosive. He's just as fast, if not faster, than Khalil Tate. He's a track guy that played quarterback.

"We couldn't have gotten a better look from anybody."

Hall said Hayes is another example of why the future is bright for the Beavers.

Hall and the staff made Hayes a corner because it was a position he'd grow into and eventually thrive.

But it certainly didn't hurt for Hayes to show his stuff at QB.

"That was a great audition," Hall said. "You never know, we might have Khalil Tate here at Oregon State."

Beyond Tate

The Beavers will have their hands full with Tate on Saturday, but they have to be aware of some of the other UA offensive weapons.

At running back, J.J. Taylor has 579 yards on 104 carries with four touchdowns.

Shun Brown leads the team with 32 catches for 431 yards and five touchdowns and Tony Ellison has 25 receptions for 431 yards and two scores.

"You can't too ingrained and focused on Khalil Tate. There's 10 other guys out there that can hurt you," Hall said.

"If you watch the Washington State game, it wasn't just Khalil Tate that was effective offensively. They have other athletes that are talented and good at what they do as well. They've got some receivers out there and two pretty good running backs."


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