Mullaney was set to be a senior for Oregon State this season. The 6'3", 209-pound receiver missed nearly half of last season due to an elbow injury, finishing with 18 receptions for 216 yards and one touchdown. His best season came in 2013, when he caught 52 passes for 788 yards and three touchdowns.
During Oregon State’s spring practices, Mullaney received first-team reps and caught a touchdown during the spring game.
After graduating this spring, Mullaney will be eligible to play immediately under the NCAA’s post-graduate transfer rule.
“OSU and Reser Stadium will always be a special place for me and I’m very thankful of ‘Beaver Nation’ for all the support,” Mullaney said in a release. “I also want to thank Coach [Gary] Andersen for his support in my decision. I wish him and all of my former teammates the best of luck this season.”
Andersen, who was hired as Oregon State’s head coach in December, added in a release, “I want to thank Richard for his contributions during this coaching transition. It is his choice to transfer and we will support him as he moves into the next phase of his life.”
At receiver, the Beavers return junior Victor Bolden, who led the team with 72 receptions and 798 yards last season, and sophomore Jordan Villamin, who had 35 receptions, 578 yards and a team-high six touchdowns. Villamin stepped into Mullaney’s starting role after his injury.
Thank you Beaver Nation for an amazing 4 years! You guys will hold a special spot in my heart and I will never forget it.— Richard Mullaney (@Rmullaney08) June 13, 2015
- Mike Fiammetta