Path to success for Beaver D is clear

NO MATTER HOW involved or intricate an offense becomes, a defense can overcome much of it by simply executing one basic fundamental, one skill that has been around since the game was invented.

Tackling.

More specifically, wrapping up.

“I think we have a pretty good defense and we make a lot of good plays – but we didn’t tackle real well last weekend overall,” said Mike Riley. “We’ve really got to improve (on that) as we go.”

Oregon State stands at 4-1, (1-1) and is tied for second place in the Pac-12 North behind Cal (2-1 Pac-12).

“The record is okay,” said Riley. “But we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

The Beaver d-line has been hit by injuries, though OSU does have options.

“It’s fortunate that we do have the depth. Now, we do miss Jalen Grimble (knee, 3-4 weeks). He’s a difference-maker and a very good player,” said Riley.

That depth features players with lateral quickness, said Riley.

“With offenses now sideline to sideline, (DL) guys have to be able to run and to stay fresh,” he said.

Oregon State ranks No. 28 nationally in total defense but …

But they have yet to beat a ranked team this season.

Oregon State is 3-0 against FBS teams with losing records, and 0-1 against FBS teams with a winning record.

And that’s why Riley is saying what he’s saying.


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