David Pa'aluhi Leaves School for the Armed Forces

Feb. 25, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

Oregon State University linebacker David Pa’aluhi has withdrawn from school to join the United States Armed Forces, head coach Mike Riley announced Thursday. 


Pa’aluhi, from Waianae, Hawai’i, started all 13 games at middle linebacker last season as a sophomore in helping the Beavers to an 8-5 mark and a tie for second place in the Pac-10 Conference.  He was second on the team for total tackles with 77, including eight for loss.  The 2009 Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection accounted for 96 career tackles for his two-year career, after redshirting in 2007.


“We fully support David’s decision,” Riley said.  “He’s a terrific young man with a great future, and all of us in the Beaver football program thank him for his contributions and wish him the very best.”


The Beavers head into spring practice March 29 with two projected starters at linebacker not on the active roster. In addition to Pa’aluhi, senior Keith Pankey (“Sam” LB) will miss the session after an Achilles injury suffered earlier this month in a conditioning drill. 


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