At Pac-12 Media Days a few weeks ago, Oregon State's Michael Doctor was asked to identify his most entertaining teammate.

Easy. Fellow linebacker Darrell Songy.

The response made perfect sense, given Songy's boisterous personality that constantly rang over the field during his freshman season. And it's still been present during the first two days of fall camp, from Songy scolding himself for not knocking away a ball thrown his way in the corner of the end zone to loudly pumping up teammates from the sideline.

But Songy won't be able to apply that energy during games this season, as he has been suspended for all of 2014 for "violating athletic department rules," Beavers coach Mike Riley formally announced Tuesday.

"Life is all about choices and how they can change your life in the blink of an eye," Riley said. "That's what's happened."

For the Beavers' deepest position entering 2014, Songy's suspension is not a catastrophic blow. But he was one of OSU's top young players, primed to evolve from a true freshman who played on special teams in 2013 to Doctor's primary backup at outside linebacker this season.

"I mean, it's disappointing, because you lose a guy that's doing really well, playing really well," linebackers coach Trent Bray said. "He's a guy that we were hoping could help us.

"He'll grow and have three to play when the older guys leave. So there's some negatives to it, but in the long run, I think if he continues to grow, he could be a nice player for us."

Songy's absence paves the way for junior college transfer Kyle Haley to get increased playing time. Haley, who was originally slated to be a member of the 2015 recruiting class, signed last week and is in camp. Riley called Haley the "prototype Beaver outside 'backer," who possesses plenty of athleticism but has a long way to go to learn OSU's defensive playbook. Jabral Johnson, who's projected to start at middle linebacker, can also move back to the outside when needed.