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Oregon State Beavers
The Beavers are not in the Top 25, but are #40 in the AP poll and #39 in the coaches poll.
So. quarterback Derek Anderson (6-6, 234): Anderson is big and has a gun for an arm. The only problem is he has no game experience. His inexperience has shown during Pac-10 play where he has struggled to hit the open man and read the quick Pac-10 defenses. A year or so from now he could be one of the best quarterbacks in the country.
So. running back Steven Jackson (6-2, 224): Jackson is also big and very powerful. He has shown the breakaway speed and power that can make him one of the best running backs at Oregon State ever. But, he is dependant on the offensive line to open holes for him to run through.
Jr. wide receiver James Newson (6-1, 202): Newson has the knack for getting open and has great hands, although he has dropped a few easy passes he should have caught during Pac-10 play.
Sr. defensive tackle Eric Manning (6-1, 297): Manning is a future NFLer who requires a double-team every down. He has great moves and can beat offensive lineman with the bull rush technique.
Sr. cornerback Dennis Weathersby (6-1, 206): Weathersby is also a future NFLer who shuts down one side of the field because of his size and unique talent. He is a physical cornerback who can play with any receiver in the country.
Jr. linebacker Richard Seigler (6-3, 225): Seigler leads a line backing group that may be the best ever at Oregon State. He is a fiery individual who loves the make the big hit and talk trash afterwards.
- Left tackle, Lee Davis, is out with a right knee injury.
- Left tackle, Brian Kilkenny, is out with a left fibular fracture.
- Wide receiver, Deondre Alexander, is out with a shoulder injury.
- Defensive end, Dan Rothwell, is out for entire season with knee injury.
- Defensive end, Henry Anderson, is out indefinitely with broken arm.
- Strong safety, Mitch Meeuwsen is out with an injured right knee.
- Free safety, Ryan Cozzetto, is probable with a concussion.
Well, it is hard to say. Since the Beavers have started Pac-10 play it has been very frustrating on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Linebackers Seigler and Barnett continue to play good.
As far as the offensive side of the ball goes, I would say nobody is hot right now. Receivers are dropping passes, the offensive line is not opening up holes, and Anderson is not throwing accurately.
The best player nobody's heard of:
Jayson Boyd (6-3, 201). Boyd is a future All-Pac-10 receiver who had an excellent spring and fall camp. He has the height and the speed to get behind any defense. He also has great hands. Boyd has seen limited action during the 2002 season.
Sometimes the defensive and offensive players get hyped up and draw stupid penalties. The Beavers also have little experience in short yardage situations. During the short yardage situations the Beavers have been in, they have struggled to get the yardage they need for a first down.
The Beavers are also very young on offense. This was most evident at the Coliseum when the USC defense got into the head of Derek Anderson early. We still don't know if the Beavers could drive down the field with two minutes left to win the game due to their inexperience in close games.
The Beaver defense is the strength of the football team. They keep the game close, so there is always a chance the Beavers can win the game, except in the UCLA game.
The receivers are also a strength for the Beavers. Most balls that are thrown their way are caught and they continue to get open during Pac-10 play, even though Anderson is having a hard time hooking up with them.
Last game result:
Lost to the UCLA Bruins, 43-35. The Beavers started out with a 14-0 lead, but let UCLA score 29 unanswered points and rack up 625 total yards against the highly touted OSU defense.
Prediction for game:
Hmmm, to tell you the truth I do not know what to expect. The Beaver offense has struggled mightily in Pac-10 play, but I look for the OSU defense to bounce back from their horrible performance against UCLA and dominate the game. OSU-19 ASU-10
Series History and last meeting result:
There have been a total of 28 games played in the series with Arizona State holding a 20-7-1 advantage, including a current winning streak of six games. The Beavers' last victory over the Sun Devils was 30-14 at Corvallis in 1993. OSU is 3-15 all-time in gams played at Tempe. The last Beaver victory in Tempe was 30-7 in 1969. OSU Coach Dennis Erickson is 3-3 all-time in games played against ASU, including a 0-1 mark as the Beavers' head coach. ASU Coach Dirk Koetter is 1-0 vs. OSU as a result of winning 41-24 at Tempe last year.
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