You would be hard pressed to find a better secondary in the Pac-12 and probably most of the nation than what Oregon State has put on the field this season.
The headliner is consensus All-America Jordan Poyer, who missed out on one team from being a unanimous selection. Poyer, a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe and Bednarik Awards, heads into the bowl game second in the nation for interceptions with seven. The co-team captain will play in next month's Senior Bowl.
Poyer deservedly captures most of the attention, but junior Rashaad Reynolds has had a banner year at the other corner and junior Sean Martin improved throughout the season and figures to replace the graduating Poyer.
The safety positions will be one of the strengths of the team heading into 2013, although Anthony Watkins will graduate. Sophomores-to-be-juniors Ryan Murphy and Tyrequek Zimmerman are as good of a combination as any in the country.
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The OSU video team put together the following feature on the secondary with several players and assistant coach Rod Perry interviewed.
What is your most embarrassing moment on the football field?
Anthony Watkins: "Getting blindsided on a reverse in the Oregon game." Rashaad Reynolds: "Getting run over last year." Ryan Murphy: "First is when I dropped the pick against UCLA; second was when I dropped the pick against Arizona State; third was when I dropped the pick against Nicholls State." Tyrequek Zimmerman: "Versus BYU, their running back ran right around me and I could have made the tackle, but he just ran right around me. There was no juke move, nothing like that."
If you could have powers like a super hero, what would yours be?
What time does your alarm clock go off in the morning? Rashaad Reynolds: "If we have a meeting at 9:30, my alarm clock goes off at 9:18." Ryan Murphy: "Mine is 9:00 if we have meetings at 9:30." Tyrequek Zimmerman: "Meeting is at 9:30 so I wake up at 8:41."
What was the best vacation you ever took?
Jordan Poyer: "Probably to Las Vegas when we went to the bowl game (in 2009)
Anthony Watkins: "When I went on a cruise to the Caribbean last spring." Rashaad Reynolds: "I went to Cabo San Lucas my 10th grade year." Ryan Murphy: "Houston in seventh and eighth grade. We went there twice for an AAU tournament." Tyrequek Zimmerman: "When I went to Georgia to visit some family during Christmas time, my ninth grade year."
If Chef Raul Vera was invited to your kitchen, what would you have him make?
Jordan Poyer: "Some stuff I have never eaten before. I trust him that he would make something great, but it has to be something that I haven't had before." Anthony Watkins: "Ribs" Rashaad Reynolds: "I would have to go to the cookbooks to find something I have never tried before." Ryan Murphy: "I would take an Oreo Cheesecake." Tyrequek Zimmerman: "Red Velvet cake"