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Oregon State's Luke Del Rio ruled immediately eligible

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Unlike most transfers, Luke Del Rio will not have to sit out a season before he's eligible to play again. Del Rio transferred to Oregon State from Alabama in March, and on Friday the NCAA ruled that he will be eligible to play beginning in the 2014 season.

“We were thinking he would not be eligible for the year and were preparing for him for the following season,” said Oregon State coach Mike Riley. “This is good news. It gives us one more guy in the mix immediately.”

Understandably, Del Rio was excited about the NCAA's decision.

“I knew it was going to be yes or no so I was kind of on pins and needles,” Del Rio said in a release. “It's more relief than anything. I've been waiting for two months. I'm really excited.”

Del Rio, who as a walk-on at Alabama, will have four years of eligibility remaining and will compete for the backup quarterback job with the Beavers. His competition for the job are fellow quarterbacks Brett VanderVeen and Kyle Kempt, as barring an injury, the starter's job belongs to Sean Mannion.

Del Rio is the son of former NFL player and current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.

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