"We look good," he said of the secondary. "We got everybody back except for Lance Mitchell, but Ryan Murphy and Tyrequek Zimmerman are going to ball out. We've got a lot of experience coming back and we're looking to be the number one secondary in the Pac-12," he said.
One of the biggest changes to that group?
New position coach Rod Perry, who comes to Oregon State after coaching in the NFL.
"He's been teaching us the little details of the game. He's coached in the NFL a long time and he's just showing us all the extra stuff we don't really look at, like in film, game tape, and even ourselves. He's bringing a whole new perspective of the game to us," he said.
Though the Beavers went 3-9 last season, Poyer has garnered pre-season hype and has been named to a few award watch lists, including that of the Bronco Nagurski Award.
Poyer, however, isn't letting any of it get to him.
"At the end of the day, I'm trying to win football games. If we went 12-0, I could care less if I got any of those awards. I would just be happy that we were winning football games," he said.
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