BeaverBytes: Mar. 19-25

Spring football news...graduate assistants named...Joe Newton and Adam Koets interviews...special teams coach hired...baseball runs win streak to 11...Joey Wong and Tyler Graham articles...Tsagarakis leaving basektball program...and more.

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Spring Preview Articles
BeaverFootball.com kicked off its two week preview of the football team heading into spring practice. The offesive side of the ball has been previewed (Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Offensive Line | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends) with the defense to be previewed this week.

OSUBeavers.com released their official preview here.

Zarrugh named graduate assistant
Former Oregon State University student-athlete Ahmed Zarrugh (Zah-roo) has been named graduate assistant for administration for the football program ... more from BF.com.
QB brings moxie, drive to contest
Keith Ellison pokes his head into a room where an interview with Lyle Moevao is taking place and grins.

“Write good things about him,” the Buffalo Bills’ linebacker says. “He’s a Warrior.” ... more from the Portland Tribune.

Breckterfield named defensive graduate assistant
According to Kerry Eggers of the Porltand Tribune, Inoke Breckterfield, who helped OSU coaches on a voluntary basis last season, will replace Keith Heyward as the Beavers’ graduate assistant for defense. Brian Smith, who served as an administrative GA, has been hired as offensive line coach at Portland State.
Perry named to Lombardi Watch List
Oregon State University junior offensive guard Jeremy Perry has been selected for the second straight year to the Rotary Lombardi Watch List. The Lombardi Award honors college football’s top down linemen or an individual who plays within five yards of the line of scrimmage ... more from BF.com
Tall tight end set to play a role
The San Diego Chargers have the league’s best receiving tight end in Antonio Gates. They also have arguably the best blocking tight end in Brandon Manumaleuna.

However, there is a still an opening at the position due to the release of Aaron Shea. The team may be targeting a player to fill that vacancy, one who is similar to Shea and would come at less than half the price ... more from Scout.com.

Draft Snapshot: Adam Koets
The Bears have two very good offensive tackles in Fred Miller and John Tait, but both of them are getting up there in age. Even their primary backup, John St. Clair, will be 30 years old by training camp.

Adam Koets is one tackle prospect who appears to be rising up some draft boards, and the Bears seemed especially interested at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis ... more from Scout.com.

Robertson, Reed join OSU
BEAVER NATION and Keith Robertson have been waiting for what seems like forever for the Lake Oswego defensive end to arrive in Corvallis. The waiting, Robertson tells BeaverFootball.com, has officially come to an end. Both Robertson and RB Andres Reed have joined the OSU program and not only that, they'll take part in the Beavs' spring ball session that begins less than two weeks from today ... more from BF.com.

Spring injury updates

  • LG Jeremy Perry will sit out spring practice to rest his knee
  • RE Jeff Van Orswo will sit out spring practice to rest his ankle
  • WR Casey Kjos will miss spring practice due to back surgery
  • WR Matt Sieverson will miss spring practice due to surgery
  • TE Gabe Miller will miss spring practice to heal his Achilles tendon
  • OG Roy Schuening pulled a hamstring from offseason training, but is expected to practice
Special teams coach hired
Dave Ugerer has been named football special teams coordinator at Oregon State University , head coach Mike Riley announced Friday. Ungerer arrives in Corvallis after four seasons as the special teams/tight ends coach at the University of Alabama ... more from BF.com | Portland Tribune
Football facts, courtesy of the OSU SID, Steve Fenk:

1. Oregon State is the winningest Division I program in the Northwest over the last five years with 38 victories.
2. Oregon State is second in the Pac-10 for number of all-conference selections over the last five years with 69.
3. Oregon State has had the second-highest representation on the Pac-10 All-Academic teams the last two years with 20 selections.
4. Oregon State and USC are the only two programs to have more than one individual in the top-10 for career rushing in the Pac-10. Yvenson Bernard can make it three Beavers in 2007.
5. Oregon State is the only program to have three individuals in the top-10 for career passing yards in the Pac-10.
6. Oregon State is one of three programs to have two individuals in the top-10 for career receiving yards in the Pac-10.
7. Oregon State has the longest active bowl win streak in the Pac-10 at three games. The program has appeared in six bowls in the last eight years, winning four.
8. Coach Mike Riley has never lost a bowl game - 6-0.
9. Under Riley, Oregon State has ended USC's 27-game Pac-10 win streak, snapped Hawaii's nine game win streak and stopped California's 10-game home win streak.
10. Oregon State has won three consecutive games at Husky Stadium, Arizona Stadium, Memorial Stadium (California) and Stanford Stadium. No other program in the Pac-10 has more consecutive victories in as many opponent stadiums.
11. There have been 46 live television appearances during the last five seasons, including 27 national airings.
12. There have been 22 players who have been selected to play in postseason all-star games over the last five seasons.
13. There have been 10 All-America selections during the last five seasons.

OSU trainer Graff saw inside of NFL combine
There are ore than five weeks until the NFL draft and scouts are making the rounds of colleges to double-check 40 times and vertical leaps, while looking for those who might not have been seen yet.

Frontline players were already tested in February at the NFL combine in Indianapolis during the invitation-only event ... more from the Gazette Times.

Hardin strives hard for long jump record
LIFE is a series of goals for Brandon Hardin. The Kamehameha Schools senior has already signed a full football scholarship with Oregon State. He's fulfilled the first part of the student-athlete equation by maintaining a 3.4 grade-point average at the Kapalama campus.

Now Hardin, 17, has his sights set on Kahuku graduate Redmond Tutor's state-meet record in the long jump ... more from the Star Bulletin.

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No. 4 OSU's Win Streak Reaches 11
In the second game of the series, Oregon State pushed its baseball winning streak to 11 games Sunday afternoon, as the fourth-ranked Beavers beat Cal Poly 5-2 in a non-conference game at Baggett Stadium. Joe Paterson and Eddie Kunz combined to pitch a five-hitter for OSU (22-3 overall).

In the first game of the series, Oregon State’s Mike Stutes and Mark Grbavac combined to pitch a three-hitter as the fourth-ranked Beavers pushed their winning streak to 10 games by beating Cal Poly 6-0 in non-conference baseball Saturday evening at Baggett Stadium. Jordan Lennerton’s two-run double keyed a five-run fourth inning for the OSU (21-3 overall).

Oregon State and Cal Poly (13-15) conclude their series Monday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard live on KEJO-AM (1240) in the Corvallis area and KUIK-AM (1360) in the Portland area.

Canham On Watch List For Bench Award
Oregon State catcher Mitch Canham is one of 27 catchers from across the country on the watch list for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation’s top catcher in NCAA Division I college baseball ... more from OSUBeavers.com.
Wong hustles, and flows

The latest chapter in Joey Wong’s athletic career is going well enough that teammate Mitch Canham is pushing for some expansion.

“Somebody ought to write a book about him,” Canham says of Oregon State’s freshman second baseman. “The way he plays the game is the way everyone should. You watch him during infield/outfield or in pregame: He lays out and gives everything he has. He takes every single ball seriously. He’s an intense little player ... more from the Portland Tribune.

In Tyler Graham's baseball career, last year's thing was the ring.
This year it's the rung — as in up the ladder.

Graham, the former C.M. Russell High sports star who helped his Oregon State Beavers win an NCAA championship last June in Omaha, is in the midst of his first spring training as a professional athlete ... more from the Great Falls Tribune.

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Tsagarakis leaving
G Angelo Tsagarakis will not return for his senior year at Oregon State.

His message from his MySpace blog - "I needed to let all of my friends know that I will not attend Oregon State University next year. I made the decision this week to transfer for my senior year in college and export my talent elsewhere. My destination is not yet known but I will keep this blog updated will the latest news and my final decision. It was definitely time for me to move on with my life with the perspective to make things happen for what is my last go around before going pro. I wanted to let all the ones that have been supporting me throughout my career and this past year that I appreciate their love.
You guys be good. I will hola soon."

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