BeaverBytes - April 15-21

News and notes on Oregon State Beaver football and men's basketball from Apr.16-22.

MONDAY

  • If you don't live in Corvallis, odds are that the extent of your knowledge of OSU is the recent antics of the Beaver football team.

    Football is the public face of Oregon State, and the athletic department and university administrators know it...more from the Barometer.
     
  • Offensive lineman Josh Linehan continues to rest his knee while tight-end Zach Hagemesiter is out indefinitely due to reasons unrelated to football.  Cornerback Keenan Lewis also sat out a few practices due to a hamstring injury.
     
  • Linebacker Trent Bray has been named to the Lott Trophy Watch List.  The annual award is given to the defensive player of the year who has the biggest impact on and off the field.
     
  • Defensive end Joe Rudulph dropped his appeal of his 10-day summer jail sentence.  "I'm done with it," Rudulph told the Gazette Times. "I'm just going to take it."

 

TUESDAY

  • PackerNews.com rated Derek Anderson as the ninth best quarterback in the draft.

    "I like Derek Anderson a little bit better than Andrew Walter," one scout said. "(Walter) has been a little banged up and there's some questions about his toughness, whereas a guy like Derek Anderson got hit in his chops every Saturday and seemed to relish it."
     
  • According to the Terre Haute Tribune Star, the Indianapolis Colts are looking at drafting cornerback Brandon Browner.
     
  • Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune wrote in interesting article about steroids and college football.  Former Beaver safety Brandon Catanese pleaded no contest to possession of steroids in 2002 and talked with Eggers about his arrest.

    "I had used steroids at Shasta, and I wanted to try them again at Oregon State," Catanese told the Tribune. "Luckily, I got in trouble before I could use them that summer. It was the best thing that could have happened. (Steroids are) bad stuff."
     
  • Safety Mitch Meeuwsen is another Beaver who will probably get drafted Saturday or Sunday.

    "I'll probably go in the fourth or fifth round," Meeuwsen told the Hillsboro Argus. "I met recently with the (Indianapolis) Colts, and I've talk to the (Miami) Dolphins, (Oakland) Raiders and (Carolina) Panthers."
     
  • The spring game is a week away.  Have you bought your tickets?

     

WEDNESDAY

  • Read up on the competition the Beavers face in their season opener against Portland State.  Vikings offensive coordinator Dave Telford had this to say about Sawyer Smith, the Vikings starting quarterback.

    "He's got a great natural arm and a good quarterback presence," Bodiford told The Oregonian. "We all have confidence in his throws. He's a gunslinger. I call him 'Brett Favre.' "
     
  • From OSUBeavers.com: Oregon State officials expect every senior who was on the roster for last year's Civil War to graduate by the end of fall term (2005) - several already have.
     
  • "To be honest, I think I'm the top cornerback," Browner told the Seattle Times. "I've got things these other guys don't have. I've got size and I've got great athleticism and I've got a passion for the game."  Read more here.

 

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

  • Did you know that offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has Oregon connections?  The 33-year old is a McMinnville native.

    "It's great to be back home," Langsdorf  told the Gazette Times. "There's nothing like living in the Northwest. Corvallis is a great place to live, raise a family, work and everything. My wife and I are excited about it."

 

SATURDAY

  • Former Beaver quarterback Terrance Bryant threw for 209 yards and four touchdowns during the Sioux City Storm's 54-51 victory over the Omaha Beef.   This season Bryan has passed for 436 yards and seven touchdowns with just two interceptions.

 

SUNDAY

  • Defensive end Bill Swancutt was profiled by the Statesman Journal's Gary Horowitz.  For an entertaining read on Swancutt's path towards the NFL, click here.
     
  • Basketballs were falling everywhere but through the net when the Seattle University Chieftains faced Oregon State on Dec. 7, 1962. It was the season opener, a typically ragged exercise in clang time.

    But some short kids from Tacoma were on top of their game...more from the Tacoma News Tribune.  This story has little to do with Oregon State football, but it is an interesting read nonetheless.
     

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