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Former Oregon State WR will transfer to Alabama

Former Oregon State receiver Richard Mullaney is headed to Alabama.

Mullaney, a graduate transfer who will be eligible to play immediately, announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

In three seasons for the Beavers, he caught 83 passes for 1,160 yards -- including a breakout 52-catch season as a sophomore in 2013 -- but hauled in just 18 passes in an injury-shortened 2014 season. His season ended after six games because of an elbow injury -- something which is not expected to limit him with the Tide.

Oregon State announced Mullaney was leaving on Friday, but it was apparently in the works for some time considering he visited Alabama Monday. Alabama has yet to announce the transfer.

The addition of Mullaney helps the Tide at a position where they're light on experience. The team's top three wide receivers from last season have all moved on, and sophomore Cam Sims, who was expected to play a bigger role this fall, tore his ACL in spring practice. He's not likely to return until 2016.

That leaves Chris Black, ArDarius Stewart and Robert Foster as Mullaney's primary competition this fall.