Corvallis, Ore. -- Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith announced Wednesday afternoon that Tristan Gebbia would not be playing in Saturday's game against the University of Utah and that the redshirt junior's season could be over. Gebbia sustained a left hamstring injury during the one of the final plays of the Oregon-Oregon State game. On Monday and Tuesday, he was listed as 'limited' in practice but on Wednesday, Smith went on radio and said that this weekend would be off the table.
In the meantime, backup quarterback Chance Nolan, who scored the go-ahead touchdown last Friday night on a one yard quarterback sneak, will take up the reins and try to lead the Beavers to a win in Salt Lake City. Nolan was listed as the top junior college dual threat quarterback in the 2020 recruiting class and threw for over 3,000 yards and 35 touchdowns at Saddleback College in California.
Injuries have caught up to the Beavers at some positions, with edge rusher Addison Gumbs still not very far along in his rehabilitation. Gumbs suffered a knee injury in a 2019 game at the University of Hawaii and has had nagging issues that have kept him off the field since.
"He could improve," Smith said of Gumbs on Monday. "It's not promising. The progress has just been really slow. It pains the guy. He loves football, he works really hard at it. But the progress he's been able to make has just not been enough to even practice let alone play a game."
Hamilcar Rashed has also struggled through lower level injuries that have been hindering his performance on the field this season. While he was praised by defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar for influencing the game vs. Oregon in ways that won't show up on a stat sheet, Rashed is still unhappy with the fact that he hasn't played to a level he is used to.
"It's definitely frustrating," Rashed explained. "I can't stay healthy. Last year I got bumps and bruises but I got back up and kept playing at a high level. I can see it taking an effect on me but I'm still out here, I'm still working, I'm still coming to practice every day trying to get better."
Defensive Back David Morris is still out due to lingering issues from a CoVid-19 diagnosis earlier in the season, while four other athletes who have been in CoVid protocol for the last week will likely remain there headed into the matchup against Utah.