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Ackerman Is A Late Addition for Beavers
After initially planning to greyshirt at California, receiver Brett Ackerman had those plans fall through, and the Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola grad ended up enrolling at Los Angeles Valley (Calif.) College. Ackerman played the 2009 season at LA Valley and then transferred to Santa Monica this spring. Fortunately, Oregon State didn't lose track of him during the move, and when they found he was still playing, they offered Ackerman a chance to leave the JC ranks and continue his career in the Pac-10. "I had been talking with Coach Jay Locey and they said they wanted me to come in and play for Oregon State," said Ackerman. "I visited there when I was a senior and when they found out I was still playing, they wanted me." So Ackerman will sign a grant-in-aid with the Beavers, the details being finalized late last week. "I'm way excited about this," said Ackerman. "I wanted to get out of JC football. The last time we had talked, they wanted me to redshirt, but now they're saying they want me to get in and compete." Ackerman will have four years to play three for the Beavers, and plans to be in Corvallis in July. "I'll start on July 11th for the Summer Bridge program and will take a couple of classes and then we get rolling around August 8th," said Ackerman. Ackerman is thrilled to be able to play for Mike Riley, the Beavers head coach. "I've talked with Coach Riley a few times," said Ackerman. "He's the man." Ackerman said he's currently 6-4, 200-pounds, but would like to add some weight. "I'm going in as a slot guy, but I hope I can put on a few pounds and diversify myself," said Ackerman. Last fall, Ackerman had 32 catches with 25 going for first downs. He also played outside linebacker, and held on kicks and played on numerous special teams.
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