Forward the Momentum
Last season the Oregon State Beavers had somewhat of a surprise season in the Pac-12 and in college football. Though they ended up losing their bowl game to Texas and contests to Oregon, Stanford, and Washington, many considered the Beavers to be quite the potent team in college football, something that they expect to translate into 2013.
But despite all their potential for this next year, there are a few questions surrounding Oregon State. They still have to decide who their starting quarterback will be and defensive issues may pose a problem for keeping opponents off the board.
Picked to finish behind Oregon and Stanford in the Pac-12 North, the Beavers should be an elite team but could face some problems with elite talent. Don’t think that will ever hamper Mike Riley’s spirit, as he was just as positive as ever at the 2013 Pac-12 Media Day.
Here’s what he and Brandin Cooks had to say at the highlight preseason event in the Pac-12.
As mentioned just a moment ago, Riley was flushed with positivism on the podium, a reflection of his character and general attitude. He did, however, address some concerns surrounding his team.
“We have lost some real good player from a year ago,” mentioned Riley in his opening statement. “so we’re looking for the guys that have been playing to step up and do more and we’re looking for new people to come in and see if we can replace those great players…but we are excited about the year and looking forward to getting started.”
Continuing to speak on the matter later during his time on the podium, Riley addressed some advantages the Beavers may have in 2013.
“I think probably our strengths are these guys,” said Riley when referencing Cooks and Rashaad Reynolds. “Two of the best guys, great leaders, good players and good examples for our team, right here, so the leadership formation of this team looks good. That’s a big factor, a strength. We have a lot of guys that have played in the games that are back and that’s always a good thing.”
Sounding positive but reserved at the same time, Riley’s confidence in his players will likely be the mantra of their 2013 campaign.
A standout receiver for the Beavers in 2012, Cooks will look to be the primary target for Oregon State in 2013, especially with Markus Wheaton moving on to the NFL, a speculation Cooks directly addressed.
“We had a lot of guys working this offseason like Richard Mullaney and Malik Gilmore, so I feel that the void that Marcus left, one of those guys will step up and be playmakers and take that pressure off,” said Wheaton when asked about life after Weaton. “And they won’t be able to do the double coverage, things like that.”
Aside from that statement, there’s not much Markus gave out at the annual media day, as was the same with his coach.
All-in-all Oregon State’s time on the podium was rather uneventful, with many expecting the Beavers to be good but not exactly elite. We’ll look for the Beavers to be a contender in the North but falter in getting past the Ducks.