Quarterback Katz granted release from Oregon State

CORVALLIS — Oregon State backup quarterback Ryan Katz was granted his release Sunday.

Katz, who was projected as the starter this past season but lost the job to redshirt freshman Sean Mannion, still has a year of eligibility left.

He is on schedule to graduate from Oregon State with a degree in business finance in March. As a result, he will be eligible to play in 2012 for any program outside the Pac-12 on the condition that he enrolls for post-graduate studies.

Known for his strong arm, Katz played in 18 games for Oregon State, including 14 starts. He has thrown for 19 touchdowns.

"After discussing this issue with my family I have decided to seek other academic and athletic opportunities," Katz said. "I have been granted my release from Oregon State and I plan to transfer as a graduate student with one year of eligibility remaining. I have considered Corvallis home for the past four years and it's been filled with many experiences and life lessons. I want to thank all my supporters and I look forward to writing the next chapter of my story."

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