Reports: Oregon State star RB Damien Martinez to enter portal

League: NCAA Football

Posted on: 09 Apr, 2024 at 10:22 PM

Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State star running back Damien Martinez intends to enter the transfer portal next week, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

Martinez is with the program for spring drills but plans to place his name in the portal sometime after it opens on April 16, according to reports. The portal window closes April 30.

Martinez earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors by rushing for 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns on 194 carries in 12 games last season for a 6.1 average per carry. He recorded six 100-yard games with a high of 146 against Stanford.

In two seasons with the Beavers, Martinez has 2,167 rushing yards and 16 TDs on 355 carries in 25 games.

Martinez didn't play in Oregon State's 40-8 loss to Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl. He was briefly suspended for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) in November, but no charges were brought forward. He was reinstated prior to the bowl game but didn't participate.

After the regular season, Jonathan Smith departed as Oregon State coach to take a similar position at Michigan State. Trent Bray is now the Beavers' coach.

Oregon State went 8-5 last season, including 5-4 in its final campaign of Pac-12 play.

--Field Level Media