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Matt Putnam

It's been a long journey for senior defensive tackle Matt Putnam, who will receive playing time against Oregon State after missing all of fall camp and the first five games of this season because of academic ineligibility. While sitting out, he would have done anything just to be back on the team and a part of Coach Mendenhall's defense.

Matt Putnam had been out and replaced. From the sidelines, he was out on the outside looking in, but as he watched his teammates step up and take his place, he liked what he saw. "When you lose a guy for that long, somebody has to step up and take care of business," Putnam said. "I think having Loni [Fangupo] come in and being able to take care of that job for a while, and then having all those... Recommended Stories