Noah Happe Declares for the NFL Supplemental Draft
July 1, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University senior defensive end Noah Happe has made himself eligible for the National Football League's supplemental draft, head coach Mike Riley announced. The draft is scheduled for Thurs., July 10.
Happe, a three-year letterman, started the last 24 games and played in 35 straight contests. The 6-foot-5 Simi Valley, Cal., native had 45 tackles last season, including five quarterback sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. He also scored touchdowns on a 52-yard interception return against Fresno State and a 19-yard fumble return vs. UCLA. Happe did not participate in spring practice in April; the circumstances were unrelated to the sport of football.
'Noah has decided not to return to the football team,' head coach Mike Riley said. 'We wish him success in his future endeavors.
Happe was also Oregon State's snapper for punts, extra points, and field goals. Senior Dan Rothwell, who redshirted last year while rehabilitating from a knee injury, has moved up the depth chart to fill the void created by Happe's departure. Rothwell is also expected to be the team's snapper.
The supplemental draft is for individuals who have special circumstances and are not expected to finish their college eligibility. The draft is seven rounds and any team can pass on its selection. If a team does make a selection it loses its corresponding pick in the regular April draft. The draft is conducted by e-mail and a lottery determines the draft order. A player not picked in the supplemental draft becomes a free agent.
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