In a press release on Thursday, the Oregon State football team announced receiver Jordan Bishop will no longer play football for the Beavers. The senior cited injuries as his reasoning for stepping down.
The blow is a significant one for the Beavers who have their work cut out for them in 2012 after posting a 3-9 2011 record. Bishop was a projected starter for head coach Mike Riley‘s offense. Bishop is an excellent target standing at 6’3″, averaging 13.5 yards a reception over his three year career in Corvallis. Sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion will still have talent to work with in the receiving corps, as senior Markus Wheaton returns along with fellow senior tight end Colby Prince.
Bishop is a two sport athlete lettering in track as well as football. In fact, Bishop was an All-American in track in 2010. Unfortunately, the receiver from West Salem High has been dealing with ankle and foot injuries. Coach Mike Riley thanked Bishop for his years of service with OSU,
“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.”
Coach Riley also announced the departure of other football players for personal reasons: receivers Geno Munoz and Tyler Trosin, corner Keynan Parker, linebackers Cade Cowdin, Zeke Sanders, and Will Storey, and quarterback Jack Lomax.
On a positive note (if there is one) if the Beavers could absorb a blow to any position, it would be receiver. OSU was the 19th most prolific passing team in 2010 and has the depth to keep Pac-12 secondaries on their heels.