Oregon State Beavers head coach Jonathan Smith dropped some unexpected news Monday afternoon ahead of the team's Week 7 game against Arizona State.
For that contest, Oregon State will be without receiver Kolby Taylor who is medically retiring and starting linebacker Avery Roberts who suffered a broken arm against Stanford this past weekend.
Taylor was one of the starting wide receivers for Oregon State, catching 20 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown in six games this season. He also added one rush for a single yard and one punt return for five yards.
"Talked to Kolby yesterday, I just really appreciate that guy," said Smith while confirming Taylor has medically retired. "I mean you talk about going through a coaching change, putting his body on the line, making huge plays for us, already graduated. I mean he did everything first class.
"He just got to the point in regards to his body... emotionally he's put so much into it, that he didn't have any gas left in the tank. So I understood it and we'll definitely miss him because he was a big-time contributor for us. But appreciate what he's done for our program."
He is a redshirt junior with two years of eligibility remaining.
Meanwhile, Roberts suffered a broken arm in need of surgery against Stanford and will miss Saturday's game against Arizona State.
"The only guy who will not play this weekend is Avery Roberts [of] who we got banged [up] in the previous games," said Smith. "Which is disappointing because he's had an unbelievable year. So productive for us, making a bunch of tackles."
On the season, the redshirt junior has 69 tackles (39 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks in six games. He too will have two years of eligibility remaining going forward.