OSU NOTES: Beavers add punter


CORVALLIS - From Tuesday's Oregon State practice session at Reser Stadium ...

• Tim McMullen, an Australian who punted at Division II Humboldt State as a freshman last season, should arrive in Corvallis later this week.

The 6-3, 215-pound McMullen, who averaged 41.0 yards on 46 punts for the Lumberjacks last season, told the Eureka Times-Standard OSU has promised him a scholarship.

McMullen, who will have three years to play three seasons for the Beavers, would be eligible to play this fall. He is unlikely to challenge senior Johnny Hekker for the starting punting spot this season, but he would seem the likely heir apparent next season.

• With true freshman Peter Ashton's position change to safety, Oregon State is left with five quarterbacks in camp - junior Ryan Katz, sophomore Cody Vaz, redshirt freshman Sean Mannion, sophomore Jack Lomax and true freshman Richie Harrington.

The 6-3, 215-pound Harrington is a walk-on who played at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Calif., a nationally ranked program that won the CIF Southern Section title in 2010. Harrington was MVP of the Ventura County All-Star Game.

'Richie's coach called and said he was interested in walking on,' OSU coach Mike Riley said. 'He came up on his own and visited.

'He has done a good job for us. He played in a good high school program where he was well-trained. He has a nice arm, and getting more comfortable with what we're doing out here.'

• Another walk-on is Micah Audiss, a 6-1, 190-pound safety from Roseburg who put together quite a legacy during his time with the Indians.

Roseburg coach Thurman Bell 'and some other coaches told me he was the best athlete in the Southern Oregon Conference last season,' Riley said.

Audiss was first-team all-league at safety and second-team all-league at quarterback and punter as a senior. He was a two-time first-team all-league player in basketball and baseball and also competed in track, finishing sixth at state in the triple jump while running a leg on the state runner-up 4x400 relay unit last spring.

• True freshman Brandin Cooks seems wired into a spot in the playing rotation at flanker. With James Rodgers (knee) still on the mend, the 5-9, 170-pound Stockton, Calif., native is battling senior Darrell Catchings for the No. 1 flanker spot.

'Brandon is particularly impressive because James is not there and we're looking for somebody at that position,' Riley said. 'His opportunity is different than a lot of other freshmen.

'I'm pleased with the whole freshman class, really. It's a good group.'

Among the other early stick-outs: tailbacks Terron Ward, Malcolm Agnew and Storm Woods, defensive end Dylan Wynn, receivers Richard Mullaney and Tyler Trosin, safeties Tyrequek Zimmerman and Peter Ashton and linebackers D.J. Welch, Lavonte Barnett, Jabral Johnson and Jaswha James. OSU coaches were also impressed with cornerback Larry Scott, who faces knee surgery.