The 13th ranked Oregon State Beavers have suspended three players following a bar fight over the weekend. Senior defensive end Rudolf Fifita, junior defensive tackle Mana Rosa, and junior linebacker Dyllon Mafi were the three Beavers involved in the incident. According to CBS Sports all three were arraigned on Monday.
Each will face two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct. In addition, Mafi is also looking at an additional charge for misrepresenting his age. The players will have an upcoming court date on January 10th.
While Mafi played sparingly in 2012 and only appeared in two games, Fifita and Rosa played in all 12 games this season for Oregon State. Fifita made the greatest contribution to the Beavers as he recorded 25 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the campaign.
The news comes as Oregon State is preparing to play the 23rd ranked Texas Longhorns on December 29th in the Alamo Bowl. Thanks to the suspension it is doubtful any of the three will play in the game.
This game figures to be a test for the Beaver defense and it remains to be seen what affect losing the three defensive players will have on Oregon State. The Longhorns boast a potent running attack and are averaging 176 yards on the ground per game, while posting an average of 36 points per contest. The Beavers counter with a solid defense that has been giving up less than 20 points per game. Something will have to give in this one.
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