Justin Strong is Oregon State’s nickel back, and plays behind a possible NFL safety in Ryan Murphy at strong safety. But his stat line of six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and pass breakup in the 29-23 loss to Utah doesn’t do his night justice.
He was seemingly everywhere, and forced Utah to go away from him in the second half.
So how much nickel does Oregon State play with Stanford on tap?
That’s a good question.
Running backs Storm Woods and Terron Ward were limited on Monday according to the Oregonian. Woods did not practice, Ward participated in individual drills only. Both are expected to be ready to play on Saturday. But…
That could also open the door for Chris Brown and/or Damien Haskins, should Woods and/or Ward get dinged or not be able to go full tilt against Stanford.
And Stanford’s defense has contained and dinged up running backs this season, maybe it’s a good idea to start the game with the mindset you’re going to have a three-man rotation regardless.
Brown had six carries for 22 yards against Utah.
Oregon State is averaging 130 ypg rushing, ranking the Beavs 100th in the FBS and No. 10 in the Pac-12.
Stanford is allowing 101.9 ypg on the ground, ranking No. 12 nationally and No. 1 in the conference.
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