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Ex-Arizona OL Nathan Eldridge transferring to Oregon State

Reunited with Jim Michalczik

USC v Arizona Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images

Former Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Nathan Eldridge tweeted Friday that he is transferring to Oregon State.

He also included some kind parting words to the UA:

Eldridge played center for the Wildcats in 2016-17, starting every game, before suffering a preseason injury that kept him off the field for the entire 2018 season.

When walk-on Josh McCauley proved capable of starting at center for Arizona this past season, Eldridge’s future utility in the program diminished.

For Eldridge, Oregon State became a likely destination since former Arizona offensive line coach Jim Michalczik is on the Beavers’ staff. Michalczik recruited Eldridge to play for Arizona under then-head coach Rich Rodriguez.

Eldridge, a grad transfer, is eligible to play immediately at Oregon State. The Beavers face the Wildcats on Nov. 2 in Tucson. Ironically, that week is Homecoming.