Casey Kjos Retires from Football Due to Injuries

March 10, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

Oregon State University head football coach Mike Riley announced Wednesday that senior wide receiver Casey Kjos (Choh-ss) has elected to quit football due to reoccurring injuries.


The three-year letterman slotback ends his career with 10 receptions for 103 yards and scored his lone career touchdown last season on a 9-yard reception at Oregon.  Kjos started three games for his career.


“It’s always disappointing when a player has to leave the sport due to injury,” Riley said.  “Casey has fought back injuries for a couple of seasons and I know it was a difficult decision for him to make.  He has been a very committed and hard working player for Oregon State and we certainly wish him all the best.”


Kjos came to OSU in 2006 from Middletown, Ohio and played on special teams as a true freshman.  He missed all of 2007 with a back injury. 


“It was an extremely difficult decision not only due to the fact that I love this game, but that I love this team, love my teammates and love the coaches,” Kjos said. “I have been blessed and am very thankful for the opportunities Coach Riley and the other coaches have given me. There are no other coaches like them.”


Kjos concludes his career as a two-time Pac-10 Conference All-Academic First Team selection and is on track to earn bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology in June.   


With the departure of Kjos, the Beavers have seven returning lettermen receivers for the 2010 season – James Rodgers, Jordan Bishop, Aaron Nichols, Kevan Walker, Markus Wheaton,  Geno Munoz and Darrell Catchings. OSU officials are seeking a medical hardship year for 2009 for Catchings, who played in only two games while battling wrist and ankle injuries.  Catchings is currently listed as a senior, but if the hardship is approved he would have two years of eligibility remaining.


The Beavers open spring practice for the 2010 season March 29 with the annual spring game May 1.


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