Mike Riley Announces Duo Added to Roster

Jan. 2, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -

Oregon State University football head coach Mike Riley has announced that student-athletes Geoff Garner and Jovan (Joe-von) Stevenson have been admitted and will be attending classes when winter term begins next week.  Both players will have five years of eligibility to play four seasons.


Garner signed a national letter of intent in February of 2006 as an offensive lineman prospect and at that time was listed at 6-6 280 pounds.  He spent two years on an LDS Mission in Panama, returning last month, after graduating from Mesa High School in Mesa, Ariz.  He also played tight end, where he was an Arizona 5A Honorable Mention selection.  In his final two years he combined for 45 receptions for 987 yards and seven touchdowns. He also lettered in baseball and basketball.


Stevenson signed last February and delayed his enrollment, essentially becoming a greyshirt.  The running back from Tucson's Sunnyside High School rushed for 1,470 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, and 1,863 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.  He earned first team all-state as a senior from both the Tucson Citizen and the Arizona Daily Star.  He also was a member of the state's 4x100 meter relay team. Stevenson was involved in Student Advisory Council and on the Black Heritage Committee at Sunnyside.


The 2009 national letter intent period for high school seniors begins Feb. 4. 



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