Oregon State Preview

After a blowout loss on the road at the hands of #11 Louisville, Oregon State looks to get back on track at home in the newly expanded Reser Stadium versus #17 Arizona State. The next two games, both at home, are key swing games in the Beavers' quest for a winning season and bowl game for a third straight year under Mike Riley. Beat the Sun Devils on Saturday and next week's contest against Washington State, who have a bye this week, won't have as much on the line for the Orange and Black.

2005 Record: 2-1
Head Coach: Mike Riley
Offensive Coordinator: Danny Langsdorf
Defensive Coordinator: Mark Banker


*Projected Starters

WR Mike Hass (Sr)
RB Yvenson Bernard (So)
QB Matt Moore (Jr)
TE Dan Haines (Sr)
LT Adam Koets (Jr)
LG Jeremy Perry (Fr)
C Kyle Devan (So)
RG Roy Schuenig
RT Josh Linehan (Jr)
WR Josh Hawkins (Sr)
WR Anthony Wheat-Brown (So)

The Beaver offense is capable of putting up points as long as quarterback Matt Moore is given time in the pocket to make his reads. Moore has completed 78 of his 124 attempts for 963 yards in three games. The former UCLA Bruin has thrown for 6 scores and 2 interceptions and is averaging 321 yards per game. One of the biggest problems plaguing the offense is the offensive line Moore is behind. Not only have they given up 11 sacks already, but the ground game is still a holdover concern from last season with a paltry 67 yard average per game this season.

Leading the Beaver rushing attack is Yvenson Bernard. The sophomore has 214 yards and 3 scores on the ground. Bernard can be utilized as a pass-catcher out of the backfield with 16 catches already, one of those going for a touchdown. Nate Wright has seen some action as a true freshman in the backfield with 7 carries going for 22 yards. Junior Jimtavis Walker rounds out the depth at running back.

Wide receiver Mike Hass is Moore's undisputed number one target in the air. The senior put up great numbers last season with former QB Derek Anderson and it appears like it may be more of the same in 2005 with Moore pulling the trigger this time. Hass has caught 29 balls and is averaging 165 yards and a score in each game. With star TE Joe Newton out, senior Mike Haines has picked up some slack in the receiving department with 10 catches and 76 yards. Josh Hawkins is the complement to Hass on the outside and is averaging 48 yards a game. Sophomore Anthony Wheat-Brown and senior Kevin Swanigan are also options in the air with a combined 13 catches.


*Projected Starters

DE Joe Lemma (Jr)
DT Sir Henry Anderson (Sr)
DT Ben Siegert (Jr)
DE Jeff Van Orsow (So)
SLB Keith Ellison (Sr)
MLB Trent Bray (Sr)
WLB Derrick Doggett (So)
CB Keenan Lewis (Fr)
SS Sabby Piscitelli (Jr)
FS Lamar Herron (So)
CB Gerard Lawson (So)

The linebackers anchor the entire Oregon State defense. Two seniors, Trent Bray and Keith Ellison, are among the conference's best at the position. Ellison's 30 tackles lead the team, Bray is only one tackle shy of that mark. Sophomore Derrick Doggett has notched 19 tackles, and as you would guess, is the team's third leading tackler. All three routinely make stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Leading the defensive front is senior Sir Henry Anderson. The defensive tackle has 11 stops on the year. The other tackle, valley product Ben Siegert, has accrued 5 tackles and 2 sacks. Both ends, Jeff Van Orsow and Joe Lemma, are more helpful in run support. Both have a combined 18 tackles in 3 games. Senior defensive tackle Alvin Smith and defensive end Alan Darlin are capable bench players up front.

The Oregon State secondary is typically a unit of strength. That's not the case so far this season with the defensive backs giving up a lot of plays in the air. Two young corners are being tested, freshman Keenan Lewis and sophomore Gerard Lawson, but Riley is still hopeful the underclassmen can turn it around. Strong safety Sabby Piscitelli is the leader of the group and is an underrated playmaker with 15 tackles. Free safety Lamar Herron has the most stops with 16 and 2 interceptions.


P Sam Paulescu (Sr)
K Alexis Serna (So)
PR/KR Sammie Stroughter (So)

After a rough start last year, kicker Alexis Serna finished 2004 as a consistent threat. Serna is 7 of 8 on field goal attempts, with 3 of the 4 successful from 40+ yards out. His longest of the year is a 46 yard make. Former JC transfer Sam Paulescu is a decent punter and can place his kicks well. 6 of his 13 punts have been downed inside the 20 yard line. The senior is averaging about 44 yards on his punts through 3 games.

Sophomore Sammie Stroughter returns both punts and kicks for the Beavers. Stroughter's longest punt return of the year so far was for only 11 yards and is averaging 20 yards on kickoffs. Defensive back Lamar Herron can return kicks and punts, as well, and has had a little more success. The sophomore has already returned a kick for 56 yards. Running back Nate Wright can also return kicks.

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