Oregon State TE Brett Vanderveen leaves team

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Senior tight end Brent VanderVeen decided to leave the Oregon State football program Monday night, the same day that the Beaver’s spring camp opened.

VanderVeen suited up and participated in Monday’s practice, but later decided to leave the football team according to an OSU spokesperson.

The Arroyo Grande, Calf. native came to Corvallis as a three-star recruit the 11th rated dual-threat quarterback in 2012 and was part of the Beavers 39th ranked recruiting class.

VanderVeen never took a snap at quarterback in his time at Oregon State. He spent time as the team’s third-string quarterback, backing up Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz and again in 2014 playing behind Mannion and Luke Del Rio (now at Florida).

When head coach Gary Andersen took over the coaching job following the 2014 season, VanderVeen was one of seven quarterbacks vying for the starting spot. However, early in spring camp the 6-foot-5 former high-school basketball standout made the transition to tight end.

In the 2015 season VanderVeen played sparingly in the Beavers 2-10 campaign, finishing with one catch for 14 yards.

Per OSU spokesperson, VanderVeen does not plan on transferring schools and will continue to take classes and is expected to graduate in spring term.

The Beavers will still have five tight ends on the roster. Freshman Noah Togiai is the team’s leading returning pass-catcher from a season ago with 10 catches for 73 yards and one touchdown.

Also returning is redshirt senior Caleb Smith–who redshirted last season due to injury–who has 48 catches, 593 yards and five touchdowns in his career, along with senior Ricky Ortiz, sophomore Quinn Smith and redshirt freshman Tuli Wily-Matagi.