NWSB Insider and OSU Beavers Blogger James Crabtree-Hannigan breaks down Oregon State’s biggest question mark entering the 2013 college football season: The Beavers are pretty strong at defensive end. Arguably their best player, Scott Crichton, plays there, and 2nd stringer Devon Kell showed he can be a serviceable end. D-Tackle is a different story. Edwin Delva and Siale Hautau) line up at the tackle position, and are competing for the starting job there.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State blogger Jason Hartzog brings us his top five players to watch in the 2013 season for the Beavers. At every position on the field the Beavs have an anchor, but there will still be some work for them if they want to keep up with Oregon and Stanford in the Pac-12 North. Check out who Jason picked, and hit him up in the comments if you agree or disagree.
NWSB blogger and Oregon State Beavers insider Jon Irwin gives us his take on the most important offensive players for the Beavs in 2013. Last year OSU rode it’s passing attack and reestablished running game to a solid 9-4 record. Looking to do so again in 2013, it’ll be up to names like Sean Mannion and Storm Woods to make the big difference. Keep in mind guys like Richard Mullaney (WR), Chris Brown (RB) and Caleb Smith (TE) as well.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon State’s recent rebranding efforts that occurred this week. While there have been mixed reviews about the uniforms, Chris notes that there are both good and bad aspects to the new brand at Oregon State. And while the logo and football uniforms receive decent marks, the new basketball uniforms nail it with their modern and bold look.
NWSB blogger and Oregon State insider Jon Irwin reports on the Beaver’s top commitments for 2013. After an exciting 9-4 season with big wins on the national stage, Oregon State was primed for a huge recruiting season. Mike Riley didn’t disappoint, delivering some huge defensive prospects to Beaver Nation. Hunter Jarmon, Dashon Hunt, and Edwin Delva will look nice in Corvallis.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin reports on high flying cornerbacks Jordan Poyer and Rashaad Reynolds. While the Beavers are known for their dominating run defense, the secondary has had to take it’s lumps this season. They rank 59th in the FBS, allowing 236.4 passing yards per game. But despite the stats, that doesn’t take away how good these two players have been for the Beavs.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin reports on explosive defensive ends Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn. Both players exploded on the scene in 2011 as freshmen (Wynn a true freshman, Crichton a redshirt) and have continued their heavy hitting ways into 2012. With their strengths and weaknesses, these guys work together perfectly.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin reports on the wide receiving corp of Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks. Together, these two average a combined 202.5 receiving yards per game, and equate to 43 percent of the Beavers touchdowns. If there’s a more integral part to Oregon State’s offense, I’d like to see it.
During any losing week, NWSB Insider and Oregon St. Beavers football blogger Rick Stella will stop by and bring you his What Went Wrong With The Beavs piece. The slow start, coupled with the disappointing 4th quarter, ultimately doomed the Beavers on Saturday. It’s hard to blame the game completely on Cody Vaz’s errors, but it has started some grumblings among fans, and the clamoring for Sean Mannion’s return could take place any day now.
NWSB Insider and Oregon St. Beavers blogger Rick Stella after each week of the regular season and possibly during a bowl game or BCS playoffs should the Beavs be so lucky will stop by and bring you his OSU game balls. Balls are awarded to the Beavers offensive MVP Markus Wheaton. On defense it’s Rashaad Reynolds and Sean Martin, and on special teams the honor goes to Trevor Romaine.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State blogger Jonathan Irwin talks about five players to watch for the Oregon State Beavers when they take on the Washington Huskies on Saturday night in Seattle, Washington. With Sean Mannion returning—just three weeks removed from knee surgery—it could be his night to shine. Watch for Mannion, Brandin Cooks, Scott Crichton and Keith Kostol to have big nights.
NWSB Insider and Oregon St. Beavers blogger Rick Stella after each week of the regular season and possibly during a bowl game or BCS playoffs should the Beavs be so lucky will stop by and bring you his OSU game balls. Balls are awarded to the Beavers offensive MVP Storm Woods. On defense it’s Michael Doctor, who helped to seal a Beaver victory.