Trevon Bradford was a big Duck fan growing up. For nearly half of his life he has watched Oregon dominate the Civil War, winning eight straight games against the Beavers.
He would even call Oregon State the dreaded “Little Brother” each time the Ducks walked away victorious.
“Honestly, I never liked Oregon State growing up because I was such a big Duck fan,” Bradford said. “But that’s completely different now.”
The news of Bradford’s Duck fandom was unknown to fellow Oregonian Blake Brandel.
“I didn’t know that,” Brandel said. “I’ll have to beat Trevon up now.”
Growing up in Oregon City, the freshman wide wide receiver fell in love with the bells and whistles of Chip Kelly’s uptempo offense that featured players that were of similar build to him.
“Ever since I was young I actually always liked them mostly for the flashiness of the uniforms,” Bradford said. “I always liked the offense and the players that they recruited, they used smaller players like me, I just always felt I could see myself play in that offense.”
Bradford wanted to be the next De’Anthony Thomas, his favorite Duck player. But when Oregon wanted him to play defense, something that Bradford had no interest in, a offer from the Ducks never came.
“It was an easy decision,” said Bradford on signing with Oregon State.
Bradford doesn’t hold a grudge against his favorite school, instead he just had to change his wardrobe.
“I had a lot of gear to get rid of once I decided to become a Beaver,” Bradford said.
That wasn’t the case for redshirt freshman offensive tackle Blake Brandel, who despite the rise of the Oregon program the past eight years, has held true with Oregon State.
Even growing up and playing football during recess when teams would either be the Ducks or the Beavers, Brandel always chose to play for the Beavers.
“Everyone is swinging all over the place, they are Beavs one day and Ducks one day,” Brandel said. “I can happily say I never went on the Ducks side. I was never a traitor.”
Brandel is well aware of the rivalries implications, his mother, aunt and uncle all attended Oregon State. It’s a big deal to him that he gets to play in the game on Saturday.
“Everyone around the country knows about the Civil War, it’s not some hush-hush rivalry, it’s a cool deal to be part of it,” Brandel said.“Everyone knows it’s a big game and we are excited to be in it.”
McMaryion makes second Civil War start
On Saturday quarterback Marcus McMaryion will be making his seventh start dating back to last season, however he will be making his second-straight start in the Civil War.
In last year’s start at Autzen Stadium McMaryion delivered a serviceable game, completing 11-of-21 passes for 154 yards with an interception, he also ran for a six-yard touchdown in what turned into a 52-42 loss for Oregon State.
This year is different, McMaryion is a year older, and instead of getting thrown into action with only a week of preparation, McMaryion has cemented himself as the starting quarterback.
“The game experience just continues to build with him, you see him carrying things over from one game to the next. It helps to have that experience and so he’s done a great job learning from it, growing from it. I see him getting better and better each week,” offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven said.
“It’s not rocket science going out there,” McMaryion said. “Not overcomplicating things, it’s easy to go out there and get caught up in the hype or over complicating things. It’s really recognizing the defense.”
It also doesn’t hurt that McMaryion is coming off the best game of his career last week against Arizona where he threw for more touchdowns (five) than he did incompletions (three) in Oregon State’s 42-17 victory over the Wildcats.
"I should of had a sixth touchdown on one of my incompletions,” McMaryion humbly said. “I missed an open read over the middle to a tight end, so I mean there’s always something to build off of.”
Not solely focusing on his performance against the Arizona, McMaryion believes that last week’s win was a building block for all three phases of the team.
“It’s motivation and a building block for what our offense, our defense and all around special teams, and what this team is capable of,” McMaryion said. “We showed sparks of it all year, to finally put it together for a full four quarters is a great building block going into this week.”