Fixing the slow start:
Saturday’s 38-24 loss to Boise State, was most troubling in the first half where the Beaver fell behind 31-7 and were outgained 435-to-67. It’s a trend the team is trying to buck as they travel to Colorado to face an upstart Colorado team that is coming off of a big win over Oregon.
The first half against Boise State hasn’t been an anomaly. Since Gary Andersen has taken over as head coach at OSU, his teams have been outscored 332-to-139 over Andersen’s first 15 games.
“We have to get out focus, we go into the game we get focused for a little bit then we lose it,” wide receiver Jordan Villamin said. “Then we come out in the second half trying harder because we are down by so much, we need to come out with that same intensity in the first half.”
Senior offensive guard Gavin Andrews addressed how the offensive line can help by being able to identify the different looks the defenses are showing that did not appear in the game film.
“You've got to see what they are doing differently than what they showed on film and how we need to better adjust to them,” Andrews said. “We have rules in our system that help with that and I think we need to see that on the field faster as an offensive line.”
“It’s more into game planning individually and as an offensive line we need to be more focused," he said. "Instead of just trusting the system we need to be a little more proactive individually as players.”
In the first half against Boise State the Bronocs were able to register three sacks on third down that put a halt to Oregon State drives.
Andrews offered a simple response to what the offensive line can do to help protect whichever quarterback is on the field.
“Block people,” he said.
Early season woes for Villamin:
Through the first three games of the season, junior receiver Jordan Villamin has had seven catches for 44 yards and no touchdowns. At the rate he is going, by the end of the season he will finish with under 30 catches and under 200 yards.
That’s a far cry for 78 catches, 1,238 and 11 touchdowns he had in the previous year and a half as a starter.
“I can do better,” Villamin said. “Obviously I feel like I can do a lot better than what I’m doing right now.”
The use of practice time and taking advantage of the reps he is getting will help get Villamin back on the right track.
“There are times we have seen him be outstanding on the field and then there are times we’ve seen him not being as effective,” said outside receivers coach Brent Brennan. “He just needs to grind and get back to playing the way that we all think he can.”
Andrews on Kearsley:
Once again against Boise State, Brayden Kearsley made an appearance on the offensive line, rotating in at center with regular starter Yanni Demogerontas. Kearsley missed all of last season due to NCAA transfer rules, and missed much of spring and fall camp while tending to his girlfriend who was in a coma after a car accident.
"He’s shown to be a pretty good player for us,” Andrews said. “I’m really happy to see him back, he picked up pretty quickly...He’s grown a lot and I’m happy to see him playing again.”
***These notes are very short because practice ended before media was allowed to view practice***
- Seth Collins was in a no-contact jersey.
- Conor Blount was taking second team reps, and is now listed as the backup on depth chart that was released today.
- Garretson was getting the first team reps, no surprise there.
- Noah Togiai, who is done for the season, was moving around without crutches after practice.