Beavers Gearing Up for First Practice Monday
Aug. 7, 2009
WELCOME BACK: The 2009 version of the Oregon State University football team hits the practice field for the first time for fall camp at 2 p.m. Mon., Aug. 10. The first five days are the NCAA mandated "acclimatization" period with the first double-day set for Aug. 15 at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (see entire schedule in box). Practices are open to the fans and media, and are generally conducted at the Tommy Prothro Practice Complex or Reser Stadium.
GAINING SOME RESPECT: Oregon State enters the year predicted to finish fourth by media who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference, and several organizations have included the Beavers in the top 25 including the USA Today Coaches Poll (AP polls has not been released). OSU has routinely finished higher than the prediction and will aim for that again this year. Here is a closer look at the last three years:
BOWL SUCCESS: It has been well-documented that Oregon State has had tremendous postseason success under head coach Mike Riley. Riley has led the Beavers to a 5-0 bowl record -- only Howard Schnellenberger (Florida Atlantic/Miami) has more wins (6) without a loss for active coaches. The program's five consecutive bowl victories rank second in the nation behind Utah's eight-game run. OSU has played in eight bowl games in the last 10 years, tied with USC for the second-most during that span in the conference. In addition, the Beavers have a .667 (8-4) bowl winning percentage overall - third among programs that have played in at least 10 bowl games -- Utah (.786/11-3) and Toledo (.700/7-3).
RILEY MOVING UP: Beaver head coach Mike Riley enters the season as the third-winningest coach in school history with 56 victories. Riley could move into second which is currently held by Hall of Fame coach Tommy Prothro (63). Lon Stiner, who coached at OSU from 1933-48 in Corvallis, won 74 games.
PAC-10 SUCCESS: Oregon State enters the year with the second-best overall record in the Pac-10 Conference over the last three seasons at 28-12 (USC 34-5). The Beavers were 9-4 in 2007 and 2008 and 10-4 in 2006. Included in the 28 wins are victories over No. 1 USC (2008), No. 2 California (2007), No. 3 USC (2006), No. 19 Pittsburgh (2008) and No. 24 Hawai'i (2006).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Oregon State stands in elite company over the last three years by finishing in the top-25 of the Associated Press poll. USC, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia Tech, BYU, Penn State, Georgia and Ohio State are the only other schools to achieve such lofty status. The Beavers finished No. 21 in 2006, No. 25 in 2007 and No. 18 in 2008.
NFL BEAVERS: Seven Beavers off the 2008 team were drafted by NFL clubs, tied with Ohio State for the second-most draftees off of one team. Offensive tackle Andy Levitre was selected in the second round by Buffalo, cornerback Keenan Lewis was a third-round pick by Pittsburgh, defensive end Victor Butler went in the fourth round to Dallas as did fellow defensive end Slade Norris in the fourth round to Oakland, cornerback Brandon Hughes was a fifth-round selection of San Diego, safety Al Afalava was a sixth round tab of Chicago and Sammie Stroughter was a seventh round pick of Tampa Bay. A total of 23 Beavers are currently active on NFL rosters.
TWENTY-FIVE AND COUNTING: Oregon State has non-conference home games with Portland State and Cincinnati this season. The Beavers have won 25 consecutive non-league home games at Reser Stadium, dating back to Mike Riley's first-ever victory at Oregon State -- a 33-7 win over North Texas on Sept. 6, 1997.
QUIZZ ON THE DOAK & WALTER CAMP LISTS: Sophomore running back Jacquizz Rodgers has been selected a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's premier running back. Rodgers was the Pac-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year, a first by a freshman, and an AP third team All-American last year.
TEAM CAPTAINS: In what is considered unique, senior quarterbacks Lyle Moevao and Sean Canfield have been selected two of the team captains for the 2009 season. The duo join senior linebacker Keaton Kristick, senior offensive guard Gregg Peat and junior defensive tackle Stephen Paea.
BEAVERS' E-MAG: You can check out the unique Oregon State football e-mag at IAMORANGE.com. The interactive online publication features bios, stats, videos and more.
MILITARY DAY: Oregon State's annual Military Day will be Sept. 19 against Cincinnati. Military personnel will receive special discount ticket prices. Look for more details in the near future at osubeavers.com.
WHAT TO WATCH DURING FALL CAMP When Mike Riley was asked during a recent media availability what the biggest questions of fall camp are, here were his answers:
1) How will the offensive line shake out? And what will Michael Philipp's role be?
2) How will the Beavers replace the entire secondary?
3) Where will the pass rush come from?
4) Who replaces Sammie Stroughter at split end?