The Pac-12 defines a returning starter as a player who started at least half of his team's games or a majority of game at a specific position.
Oregon State is listed by the Pac-12 as having 16 returning starters -- seven on offense, seven on defense and two specialists. Only USC (18), Colorado (17) and UCLA (17) have more.
Sean Mannion threw for a Pac-12 single-season record 4,662 yards last season, but the Beavers will have to overcome the loss of WR Brandin Cooks and his 1,730 receiving yards/16 TDs.
The defense allowed more than 400 points for the third time school history in 2013 but Oregon State has a stout, experienced and finally healthy linebacker corps returning in '14 and the interior of the d-line is expected to be improved as well with newcomer Jalen Grimble at d-tackle.