With so much hype surrounding the “other” college football team in the Beaver State over the past two seasons, we thought we’d shed some light on five of the best players of all time to buckle up the chin strap for the Oregon State Beavers football program.
Let’s take a look at my Top 5 Beavers Football Players of All Time!
First up is the only player to ever win a Heisman Trophy and play in basketball’s Final Four, quarterback Terry Baker. He was also the first West Coast player to win the Heisman.
He graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in October of ’61 before being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in ’63.
A part of the “Giant Killers” team, Jess Lewis, a first-team All-America defensive tackle exhibited a rare blend of power and speed when he chased down Heisman Trophy winner O.J. Simpson to help preserve OSU’s 3-0 win over No. 1-ranked Southern California during the 1967 season.
After finishing his career at Oregon State, he was drafted by pro football’s Houston Oilers.
Another little-known quarterback that makes our list, is All-Coast and All-America quarterback Howard Maple who led the Beavers to an upset of heavily favored New York University at Yankee Stadium to cap the 1928 football season.
He was also a 3-year catcher of the Beavers baseball team before going on to eventually play for MLB’s Washington Senators.
Next is All-American running back Steven Jackson, who ranks second in OSU history in rushing yards (3,862), rushing touchdowns (39) and 100-yard games (19). Jackson began making a name for himself his freshman when he rushed for 390 yards and five touchdowns with an average per carry of 5.3.
Finally wide receiver Mike Hass makes out list as the most accomplished pass catcher in OSU history setting the all-time record in receptions (220) and yards (3,924) and is tied for touchdown receptions (20).
In his senior year, Hass received the Fred Belitnikoff Award as the nation’s best wide receiver.