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Doctor is thankful for 5th season with the Beavers

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm •  Published: August 15, 2014
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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The usually unshakable Michael Doctor was a tiny bit nervous.

After his senior season was cut short early by a fractured left ankle, Oregon State asked for another year of eligibility for the outside linebacker.

Having never utilized a redshirt year, Doctor really didn't have to worry that he'd be granted the medical hardship. But he was still relieved when he got word in March that the Pac-12 greenlighted another season.

"It was on my mind. But I never redshirted. I had a lot of faith, and the coaches kept my spirits up and kept me confident," he said.

After his long rehab from the injury, Doctor is anxious to get his second chance started for the Beavers, who went 7-6 last year, capped by a 38-23 victory over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.

Oregon State had what could only be called an uneven season last year. The Beavers dropped the opener against lower division Eastern Washington, then reeled off six wins before losing five straight before their bowl win.

Doctor watched from the sidelines, cheering his team even through the missteps.

"I was their biggest cheerleader," he said. "If I couldn't contribute on the field, I could contribute off the field. I was in film study with the guys, doing the little things out there like staying out extra with them, showing them plays. Anything I could do to help the team."

Doctor, 23, is the elder statesman on the team, having already completed his degree in human development and family sciences. Just like last season, he has already been named one of the team captains this year.

He leads a linebacker corps that is strong and experienced. The team returns senior outside linebacker D.J. Alexander and middle linebacker Jabral Johnson.

They're joined by sophomore linebackers Rommel Mageo and Caleb Saulo along with junior college transfer Kyle Haley.

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