Beav DT taking medical retirement

OREGON STATE defensive tackle Blake Harrah, a redshirt senior, is leaving the Beavers' football program due to health reasons, the Oregonian reported on Tuesday. Harrah was plagued by knee injuries during his time at OSU after transferring from Saddleback JC in 2011.

Blake Harrah (6-1, 267) got a good amount of work with the 2s this spring after Siale Hautau, himself a JUCO transfer who was on top of the spring depth chart, was injured.

Harrah was on the light side but showed he could offset some of that by shooting the gaps more quickly than your typical DT this spring.

He was being tutored heavily by d-line coach Joe Seumalo this spring. And perhaps the best attribute he brought to the table, said BF.C Correspondent Drew Lewis-McGrath, is that Harrah started low and stays low. He consistently had good pad level.

His departure hits at a spot where the Beavs were already thin, with two junior college d-tackles atop the pre-spring depth chart despite never having taking a Pac-12 snap.

Harrah played in three games in 2012. He remains on pace to graduate this summer and until then, will remain in the program assisting Chief of Staff Jay Locey.