Oregon State senior receiver Casey Kjos is ending his career due to injuries, the school announced Wednesday.
Kjos, who missed the 2007 season with a back injury, started three games in his career and caught 10 passes for 103 yards with one touchdown.
“It’s always disappointing when a player has to leave the sport due to injury,” coach Mike Riley said in a statement. “Casey has fought back injuries for a couple of seasons and I know it was a difficult decision for him to make. He has been a very committed and hard working player for Oregon State and we certainly wish him all the best.”
Said Kjos, “It was an extremely difficult decision not only due to the fact that I love this game, but that I love this team, love my teammates and love the coaches. I have been blessed and am very thankful for the opportunities Coach Riley and the other coaches have given me. There are no other coaches like them.”
Kjos is a two-time Pac-10 Conference All-Academic First Team selection and is on track to earn bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology in June, the school reported.
Kjos' departure and the graduation of Damola Adeniji means the Beavers lose two receivers from their 2009 depth chart. Seven receivers return, including James Rodgers, Geno Munoz, Jordan Bishop, Markus Wheaton, Darrell Catchings, Kevan Walker and Aaron Nichols.
Catchings, listed as a senior, is seeking a medical hardship redshirt after playing in just two games last year due to wrist and ankle injuries.