Another week for Beavs without Seumalo

MAYBE HAVING SUCH an early bye isn't such a bad thing. Oregon State after Saturday's tilt with Hawaii will have a week off before they match up with San Diego State in Corvallis on Sept. 20. The time off will, at least, give star center Isaac Seumalo more of a chance to, hopefully, get back on the practice field and get ready to make his season debut in the Beavs' third game.

Isaac Seumalo didn't practice today or at any time this week, reported the Oregonian, which would seem to definitively rule him out for Hawaii.

Seumalo (foot) was injured at the end of last year and missed the spring, as well as fall camp, and now it looks like the second game of the 2014 campaign.

Having missed all of the spring and fall camp, he's going to need some time to work back into the swing of things. And whatever time he gets isn't going to be the ideal amount since the season has now begun.

Perhaps just as concerning (in the near term) is that starting left guard Garrett Weinreich (knee) was limited in team periods on Wednesday.

Mike Riley told the Oregonian he feels good about Weinreich's prospect for playing against Hawaii. Glass half-empty types will note Riley has expressed similar optimism countless times over the years only to see said player ultimately sit that game out. Stay tuned.

RB Storm Woods (hamstring) and OL Will Hopkins (hand) were also limited. Woods' absence, combined with Chris Brown getting slightly knicked up on Wednesday meant Damien Haskins got some first-team reps, and he shined.

BF.C since the spring has touted Haskins and hoped he'd get a look in games. He has a lot of wiggle in his game for his size and he can get lost between the tackles.

Maybe he gets some looks at Hawaii, although Riley has made it pretty clear Terron Ward and Woods are his top two guys coming out of the backfield.

There's no mystery (maybe) regarding the OSU defensive game plan or Hawaii's offensive game plan. Hawaii is going to run. OSU needs to stop that run.

Hawaii has a tight end again, (after not employing one since the 90's) and the vast majority of the players have been recruited to Hawaii by Norm Chow.

The smash-mouth style worked well against Washington. But if Hawaii wants to throw a curveball at the Beavs, the Cougs have QB Ikaika Woolsey come out throwing a bunch more in the first quarter or half and see where it take them.

On the other side of the ball, forecasters predict Hawaii is going to blitz a lot, trying to force the Beaver ground game, rather than Sean Mannion, to beat them.

Hawaii's base defense is a 3-4.


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