Oregon State wide receiver Richard Mullaney will graduate and transfer to the University of Alabama. 247 Sports first reported the news. Mullaney confirmed the the news minutes later with an announcement on his personal Twitter page.
In three years with the Beavers, Mullaney caught 83 passes for 1,160 yards and five touchdowns. Last season, he missed Oregon State’s final six games due to an elbow injury and had just 18 receptions for 216 yards and a touchdown as Oregon State went 5-7 (2-7 Pac-12) in head coach Mike Riley’s final season, as he has since moved on to Nebraska.
Mullaney will now join a Crimson Tide squad that is sure to once again contend for a championship playing in the ultra-competitive SEC, but also has a big hole at wide receiver what with last year’s leading pass-catchers Amari Cooper and DeAndrew White having made the jump to the NFL. Throw in a new quarterback in rising senior Jake Coker along with Mullaney, and Alabama’s offense is going to look a lot different next season.
Just what role Mullaney will have in Saban’s offense remains to be seen, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Tide will once again be a team to watch in 2015.
Alabama opens the 2015 season against Wisconsin on September 5, in a game set to be played at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium.
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