Powers stepping up

WR Brandon Powers doesn't mind doing the dirty work for the Beaver offense. The California native has never surpassed 100 yards in receiving in a game, has only one career touchdown and is rarely the first option on an offensive play, but the junior never complains and is highly valued by his coaches and teammates.

Powers stepping up
WR Brandon Powers doesn't mind doing the dirty work for the Beaver offense. The California native has never surpassed 100 yards in receiving in a game, has only one career touchdown and is rarely the first option on an offensive play, but the junior never complains and is highly valued by his coaches and teammates.

"Brandon has been one of the most consistent players all year," head coach Mike Riley said. "He plays a lot of roles. He works very hard and is a most reliable person. He is fearless, a good blocker and has meant a ton to our offensive progression throughout the year."

Powers is usually the man in motion and is often used as an extra blocker, filling a similar role as an H-back. Powers is tied with TE Joe Newton as the team's third leading receiver with 28 catches for 291 yards.

A week ago versus UCLA Powers grabbed four catches for 44 yards with all of his catches resulting in first downs. If fact out of his last 11 catches, five of them have resulted in first down while another three have resulted in short yardage, under a yard, situations.

"He has made some big time catches," QB Matt Moore said. " He's the kind of guy that everyone wants on their team. He's quiet, never complains and just goes about his business and then makes catches like he does. You couldn't ask for anything more out of receiver. Brandon is a big plus for us."

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Finding the passion again
"It" was missing last Saturday against UCLA. The players can't put their finger on it, but anybody who has played on a sports team knows what "it" is.

"I don't know why, but it was different on Saturday. There was something there and it wasn't a good thing," QB Matt Moore said. It was something that we hadn't had in four weeks."

In pre game warm-ups many of the players got into talking trash with the Bruin football players leading some to believe that there was a lack of focus. But OSU got into it with Arizona State in pre game warm ups then proceeded to blow them out.

Perhaps it was overconfidence. Maybe it was a lack of focus. Who knows? OL Roy Schuening says his team must ignore what the other team is doing or saying and just play their game.

"Before the game when guys were out warming up on the field, the UCLA guys were out there talking some trash," Schuening said. "I think some guys let it get to them instead of just going out and playing. We need to play out game, Beaver football, and not worry about what the other team's doing."

Moore agrees.

"We just need to come and play with the passion, the energy and dominate all game," Moore said. "We definitely need to take that to Stanford."

Schuening takes it one step further and says the Orange and Black must put together four quarters of quality football.

"I don't think we have played four consistent quarters this year. I think we have played three," Schuening said. "We need to play four quarters and go hard this weekend."
 


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