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Desire to play QB is reason for Collins' transfer, father says

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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Seth Collins started the 2015 season as Oregon State's starting quarterback. He now has left the program, wanting to continue playing the position.There's no mystery as to why Seth Collins has decided to transfer from Oregon State, according to his father.

"That's a real simple one," Trent Collins said Friday. "Seth wants to play quarterback. Oregon State doesn't want him to play quarterback. That's what it's about."

A 6-3, 185-pound true freshman from San Diego, Seth Collins started through the first half of the 2015 season, showing electric skills as a runner in the Beavers' spread offense. But he was also erratic in terms of passing, decision-making and leadership, and then missed four games after hyperextending a knee in late October.

Collins returned for the season-ending Civil War game as a "slash" player, lining up at quarterback, running back and receiver and scoring four touchdowns in a 52-42 loss to Oregon. Coach Gary Andersen had hoped Collins -- who finished the season with 936 yards passing and 580 yards rushing -- would return to fill a multi-dimensional role next season, but the school released a statement Friday of his impending departure.

Reached on Friday afternoon, Andersen said he would have no comment, other than thanking Collins for his contributions during the past season, and that he wishes him luck and would be glad to help him in any way possible in the future.

Does Collins have hard feelings over what happened to him at Oregon State?

"Not at all," his father said. "Quite the contrary. I've talked with Coach Andersen. He's an incredible guy. Seth has no hard feelings at all. 'Coach A' had to make a business decision, and Seth has to make a decision as it relates to his career.

"Sometimes you have to agree to disagree. But it was all very professional. 'Coach A' is a class act, a great guy who will do anything for Seth within the context of the business. He just felt like they want to go in a different direction."

Collins' father said Seth will finish out the winter quarter at Oregon State before transferring. He will have to sit out next season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Where will Collins wind up?

"That's the challenging aspect of it right now," the senior Collins said. "You can't talk to anybody before you get a release. Seth got his from Oregon State just today.

"We have to find him a home. He did a heck of a job as a true freshman who really didn't have any help. Now we have to figure out where he can go."

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