The annual Oregon State Spring Game was quite the success as fans braved the rainy Corvallis afternoon and flocked to Reser Stadium. The bad weather was short-lived, however, as the sun came out and the offenses marched up the field. In the end, the defense won the day behind plays by Jaydon Grant, Brandon Arnold, and Jalen Moore.
Following this exciting victory, BeaverBlitz caught up with Arnold to discuss his thoughts on the new season and the Spring Game in general.
Of course, Arnold’s interviews are the stuff of legends over at BeaverBlitz. When asked about this fact, the safety exploded into a giggle fit before giving a very brief explanation.
“Uh, I just tell it how it is. I just tell the truth.”
Arnold didn’t want to toot his own horn as an interviewee, so we moved onto other topics that were slightly more serious in nature.
2017 is going to be an important year in the Gary Andersen era considering that he has yet another quarterback battle and has to replace three starting offensive linemen. Luckily, Oregon State has a rising defense that made serious strides toward the end of last season. The Beavers defense is still fresh into the practice season, but Arnold is feeling positive about the progress so far.
“Feels good," he said. "It’s a building stage. We’re still out here getting better, just trying to make sure that everybody is getting everything straight. It’s going really good so far.”
Part of this growth comes from battling back against adversity. Such an event happened on Saturday as the defense fell behind the offense early in the Spring Game. Ryan Nall’s trick pass to Hunter Jarmon on the first play of the game started the scoring, and the quarterbacks kept the momentum rolling with touchdowns of their own. The defense could have rolled over and let Jake Luton, Marcus McMaryion and Darell Garretson rack up the points, but they battled back and eventually won the Spring Game with key stops.
For Arnold, this battle by his compatriots was just something that good defenses do on a weekly basis.
“It’s just like a game. You have the ups and downs," he said. "Something happens, you just gotta stay focused. You just have to handle your business on the field. Next play. You gotta work on the next play. I kept telling everybody, ‘stay focused, rally back, and we’ll get straight’.”
And rally back they did. The best part was that Oregon State’s defense fought to victory in front of the hometown fans. Given that this is Arnold’s fourth Spring Game, the dedication of Oregon State fans isn’t lost on him. In fact, having the fans around just makes these moments sweeter.
“It means a lot, because you see who’s there. You see who really cares about us out on the field. You see who really cares about Beaver Nation. It means a lot to see them be here for us and that they want to take care of us.”