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Friday, August 14, 2009

Bethel defensive tackle Iona plans to play at Oregon State

Published: 08/14/09 12:05 am

Bethel senior Happy Iona, a 6-foot-3 and 285-pound defensive tackle, gave a verbal commitment on Wednesday evening to play at Oregon State University.

Bethel head coach Gavin Kralik said the Beavers are getting an excellent player.

“He’s extremely athletic for being 285 pounds,” Kralik said. “He runs very, very well. He’s very good at being a run stuffer and a pass rusher.”

Iona enters his senior season as a two-year starter – he played defensive end and outside linebacker as a sophomore and defensive tackle as a junior – but he missed half of last season because of disciplinary issues. Kralik said Iona has “worked hard to get ready for this season” in the classroom and the weight room.

Iona, who chose OSU over Washington, Washington State and Idaho, isn’t the only Bethel player to received a scholarship offer from an NCAA Division I program this summer.


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