Report: Oregon State's Luke Musgrave could miss the rest of the season
Oregon State will be without tight end Luke Musgrave a bit longer.
According to a report from The Oregonian’s Nick Daschel, Musgrave is not expected back for the Beavers until November at the earliest. The 6-foot-6 tight end suffered a knee injury in the closing moments of Oregon State’s win over Fresno State on Sept. 11 and hasn’t played since.
Coach Jonathan Smith told The Oregonian that Musgrave will for sure miss games against Washington State this weekend and Colorado on Oct. 22. The Beavers then head into their bye week. They face Washington at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Nov. 4.
Per Daschel, Musgrave could opt to sit out the remainder of the season and enter the NFL Draft after he rehabs the injury. From Daschel’s reporting:
There’s a second issue, though, and that’s Musgrave’s NFL future. The 6-foot-6, fourth-year junior is a certain pro prospect because of his speed and receiving ability. Even if Musgrave is cleared for play, he could opt to skip the rest of Oregon State’s season and begin training for the NFL draft.
Smith said Musgrave has not yet made that decision.
Asked a week ago if the tight end had surgery, Smith said he wasn’t sure what he could and couldn’t disclose publicly.
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Musgrave caught six passes for 89 yards (14.8 average) and a touchdown in the Beavers’ season-opening win over Boise State. He then had five receptions for 80 yards against Fresno State.
His 15 targets through the first two weeks led all Oregon State pass-catchers. Musgrave had six catches of at least 10 yards through the first two contests, what was the third-best mark in the Pac-12 at the time. His four receptions of 20 yards or more were tied with Arizona’s Jacob Cowing and USC’s Jordan Addison for the most in the league through two.
If he’s unavailable for the rest of the season, it’s a major blow. Jack Velling has three catches for 44 yards this season while Jake Overman has three receptions for 24 yards.
Oregon State (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) hosts Washington State (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) on Saturday at 6 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network.