BeaverBytes

Busy this week and need to catch up on the latest Oregon State football and men's basketball news? <br><br> Jeremy Perry, Marcel Love, Philip Ricci, an update on Raising Reser, some news on former OSU football players and more inside this edition of BeaverBytes.

FOOTBALL BYTES

  • Athletic director Bob DeCarolis announced that approximately 75 percent of the $33 million goal in the first phase of the Raising Reser campaign has been raised.  The total stands at $24 million with the first phase of the expansion scheduled to be completed by the 2005 season...more
     
  • OG Jeremy Perry finally sent in his LOI Wednesday and it was to Oregon State.  Perry was the offensive player of the year in Hawaii while playing at Kahuku High School.  Honolulu Star-Bulletin | Arizona Daily Wildcat | OSUBeavers.com
     
  • Two teammates of Perry, TE Tavita Finao (6-5, 230) and Walker Vave, are also set to join the Beaver squad.  But Finao needs a qualifying test score and Vave will be gone two years on a church misson.
  • The Sacramento Bee had this to say about OSU coach Nigel Burton:  "Oregon State has a rising star of a coach in Nigel Burton, who was so good as a safety/hitter for Jesuit 10 seasons ago that The Bee was prompted to create a Defensive Player of the Year honor. Burton coaches the Beavers' secondary and helps pan Sacramento for nuggets, signing among others Alan Darlin of Laguna Creek, a linebacker who hammers like, well, Burton did a generation ago. "Darlin hits way harder than that Burton kid, because he has no lead in his (butt)," Burton cracked."
     
  • WR Marcel Love sent in his LOI to Oregon State on Monday...more
     
  • Former Oregon State cornerback Keith Heyward-Johnson was taken in the 10th round of the NFL Europe's free agent draft by the Berlin Thunder.
     
  • Former Beaver linebacker Issac White signed a two-year deal with the Kansas City Cheifs...more
     
  • Former Beaver Joe Douglass was recently traded to the AFL's Los Angeles Avengers...more
     
  • Oregon State will get $750,000 to play at LSU with approximately $250,000 more in shared television rights.
     
  • Football season ticket renewal applications will be mailed on Monday, February 16.  The renewal deadline for season tickets in April 2.  Away game ticket applications will be mailed to season ticket holders on April 2.  Season tickets will be mailed August 2...more
     
  • Internet only sales for single game tickets for home games will begin on June 28. Single game orders will be taken by phone and in person beginning on July 12.

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BASKETBALL BYTES

  • Former Oregon State forward Philip Ricci dropped by practice last week.  Ricci is averaging 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Huntsville Flight of the NBDL.  He has started all 24 games this season.  "It's an opportunity to get back in the (NBA) and get your name out there," Ricci told the Statesman Journal. "I don't see myself doing this for another year."

    Ricci hopes to play in Europe or the NBA next season. Some of his teammates are former Portland Trail Blazers' guard Erick Barkley and former Oregon forward Bryan Bracey.
     
  • The Beavers have two 15-point scorers or better for the first time since 1995, with junior forward David Lucas (16.8) and sophomore guard Chris Stephens (15.7) providing the dual threat. The previous one-two punch? Current Sonics guard Brent Barry (21.0) and Mustapha Hoff (18.6).

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HEADLINES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

Surviving Death Valley
Oregon State's football players must prepare well in the Willamette Valley this spring and summer if they hope to survive Death Valley's potentially stifling heat and humidity.


Those who aren't fit when fall camp opens in early August will struggle on Sept. 4 when the Beavers open their 2004 football season against Bowl Championship Series national champion LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge...more

 

Williams, Heron: A chance to square off
In eighth grade, Worrell Williams and Lamar Herron played on the Natomas Junior Nighthawks football team, forming a nearly unstoppable duo.

At the time, they were classmates at Leroy F. Greene Middle School. But the next year, Williams went to Jesuit and then transferred to Grant, while Herron attended Natomas...more

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