Seth Collins decides to transfer from Oregon State

Freshman wide receiver Seth Collins carries the ball in the first quarter against the Oregon Ducks in the 2015 Civil War.

Josh Worden, Senior Beat Reporter

Seth Collins has decided to transfer after one year on the Oregon State football team, head coach Gary Andersen announced Friday. A true freshman this season, Collins started the year at quarterback and led OSU with 935 passing yards and 575 rushing yards.

“I thank Oregon State for a great year,” Collins said in a statement. “But it is in my best interest to pursue my education and football somewhere else.”

“Seth has made the decision to transfer and we wish him good luck,” Andersen added.

Collins and fellow freshman Nick Mitchell received most of the playing time this season at quarterback, and now neither will play for OSU next year. Mitchell announced in December he would transfer to Dixie State University.

Collins started the first seven games for OSU, sharing the load at times with Mitchell and Marcus McMaryion, another freshman quarterback. Collins sat out the next four games with an injury, but came back in the final week of the season as a wide receiver while also taking snaps at quarterback, scoring three rushing touchdowns against Oregon. He returned to Corvallis before winter workouts that started Jan. 4 but announced his decision to leave OSU on Friday.

OSU was the only team in the nation this year to start the season without an eligible quarterback who had played collegiate football before. For 2016, OSU will return sophomore-to-be Marcus McMaryion, whose only start came in the Civil War, and Utah State transfer Darell Garretson. Garretson practiced with the team this season while sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules; he played in 13 games at Utah State and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Collins declined to comment on his decision in a phone conversation with the Barometer.