Same familiar faces for Beavs

PERHAPS THE MOST TELLING number that explains why Oregon State is 7-1, ranked No. 11 in the BCS and is again in the hunt for the Pac-12 crown is…

…the number of consecutive starts across the board. OSU was suddenly a little banged up heading into last week but all in all, it's been a stellar season in terms of staying healthy for the Beaver starters.

The same starting front five on the offensive line has started every game. (LT Michael Philipp, LG Josh Andrews, C Isaac Seumalo, RG Grant Enger, RT Colin Kelly.)

The tight end starter has been the same every game (Colin Kelly.)

Two of the three receivers, and as so happens their top two, have started every game (Markus Wheaton, Brandin Cooks.)

Indeed, 8-of-11 spots have seen the same guy line up to start the game on offense, and it would be nine if Storm Woods would have been able to go at running back last week.

On defense, the same four have started every game on the defensive line (DE Scott Crichton, LT Castro Masaniai, RT Andrew Seumalo, DE Dylan Wynn.)

At two of the three linebacker spots, the same guy has started every game (D.J. Alexander and Michael Doctor.) And really, it's something of a technicality that's it's two -- the only time Feti Unga didn't "start" at MLB was when Oregon State played Washington State and the Beavs opened with their nickel package. All told, Unga still played starter's minutes.

In the secondary, three of four have started every game (S Tyrequek Zimmerman, S Ryan Murphy and CB Rashaad Reynolds.) And Jordan Poyer missed his first game last week. So 9-of-11 have started the first eight games and OSU is a hair's breadth away from all 11 players on D starting every game.

And that's 17-of-22 every-game starters all told, and damned near 20-of-22.

That's the big reason why the Beavs are winning.

There's been a lot of rotation in the d-line and secondary but that's helped the starters there stay healthy, and fresher at the end of games.

Poyer looks probable this week though Sean Martin remains at the ready and the corners contributions in run support against Stanford could be just as important if not more so than in pass defense.

Woods is questionable and given the work of Terron Ward at running back last week, it wouldn't be a surprise even if Woods is pretty much game-ready to see Mike Riley hold him back in reserve at the game's outset.

Stanford coach David Shaw revealed the worst kept secret by naming Kevin Hogan his QB starter for this week.

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