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So will the Beavers be better with Rodgers?

It’s Getting Ugly

The Beavers are off to another slow start–again.

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But this time it might be worse than season’s past, and the big question is, will they be any better with the return of wide receiver James Rodgers?

Not since 2003 has Oregon State entered the month of October with a winning record, but this year’s 0-2 start seems to be much more ominous with the Beavers losing their opener to lowly Sacramento State and then being shut out in Madison 35-0 by the Badgers.

Will the Beavers be better with WR James Rodgers?

Marking the second time in four games going back to last season that the Beavers have been held off the scoreboard.

The offense has lost its identity and Mike Riley’s quarterback carousel of rotating junior Ryan Katz with redshirt freshman Sean Mannion has made things even worse.

But can one player change all that?

Maybe, as Rodgers’ return will have huge implications.

Not only is the 5-foot-7 dynamo one of the best all around players in college football– a receiver, runner and return guy—he is a leader, and no doubt will make the other guys around him play just a little bit better and harder, every time he steps on the field.

While Riley has been stiff-arming the decision of whether James will play in Saturday’s upcoming home game against UCLA, the Portland Oregonian reported that, “Rodgers was practicing full speed with the team during the bye week and looked ready to play.”

After just two games into the season the Oregon State football team is ranked last in the Pacific-12 Conference in scoring offense (14 ppg), pass efficiency (110.67 rating), and punt returns (0.0 ypg).

So you’d have to agree that the return of Rodgers against a Bruins team that’s already on the ropes, could be a potential key ingredient in the Beavers notching their first win, and perhaps a step forward in the reversing Oregon State’s earlier misfortunes.

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