IT HEATS UP: Friday, August 3 marks the opening of the 2007 college football season for Oregon State as the Beavers and Arizona are the first of the 10 conference teams to open camp -- only eight other schools in the nation begin earlier. OSU's 12-game season opens Thurs., Aug. 30 in one of its most difficult season openers in recent years as it hosts the Utah Utes of the Mountain West Conference.
"THE FEVER:" Oregon State's 2007 tickets campaign has been widely successful and already the third-most season passes have been sold in one year -- 23,347 as of July 30 -- approximately 1,000 more than last year's final total. The record is 24,347 in 2001.
RAISING RESER: The second phase of the Reser Stadium expansion/remodel project will be completed prior to the season opener, raising capacity to 45,674. The latest phase bowls in the south end zone and features the largest score/video screen in the Pac-10. The actual video portion of the board is 30x80 feet and overall the board is 150 feet wide. The board is operated by an actual television production truck that is owned by OSU and is the same truck that will operate the recently installed score/video board at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. In addition, a "ribbon board" has been erected on the exterior of the Valley Football Center. In all, over the last three years approximately $110 million of improvements have been constructed around Reser Stadium.
JG: Oregon State will honor the late Jim Gilstrap with a "JG" sticker on its helmets. Gilstrap was the football coordinator of support services and was the former offensive line and running backs coach. He died July 19 from medical complications at the age of 65.
WHAT TO WATCH: As fall camp progresses most eyes will be on the quarterback position, where senior Ryan Gunderson and sophomores Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao will compete for the job. Gunderson does have one career start (2005 season finale at UO). If the starter on Aug. 30 is either Canfield or Moevao, it will mark only the fourth quarterback to start at OSU since the beginning of 2002 when Derek Anderson made his debut. Anderson started every game from 2002-04, Matt Moore started 10 of 11 games in 2005 (injury forced him out of ‘05 finale) and all of 2006. There also will be interesting competition at tight end, where four viable candidates will challenge.
AWARDS CANDIDATES: Several Beavers are on the preseason watch lists for national awards (several to be named later). Here is the list: Yvenson Bernard (RB) -- Doak Walker Award, Jeff Van Orsow (DE) -- Lott Trophy, Derrick Doggett (LB) -- Nagurski Award, Jeremy Perry (OG) -- Lombardi and Outland Awards and Kyle DeVan (C) -- Rimington Trophy.
RECORDS TO WATCH: Only one prominent OSU career record appears legitimately in jeopardy this year as placekicker Alexis Serna zeros in on the school's career scoring mark. Serna enters the year with 292 points, trailing only the 366 posted by former running back Ken Simonton (1998-01). Several other Beavers will move up the various charts throughout the year.
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Practice kickoffs Friday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. Two-a-days start on Aug. 13 with the morning session starting at 8:30 a.m. and the evening session beginning at 6:30 p.m.. The full schedule can be viewed here or on the BF.com Events Calendar.
Practices are open to the public.
- DE Kyle Bell
- WR Darrell Catchings
- S Cameron Collins
- LB Will Darkins
- DE Kevin Frahm
- CB Brandon Hardin
- DE Taylor Henry
- RB Ryan McCants
- S Lance Mitchell
- RB Ahmed Mokhtar
- LB David Paaluhi III
- LB Keith Pankey
- WR James Rodgers
- CB David Ross
- DL Tonu Tuimalealiifano
- OT Michael Cole - will compete for playing time at left tackle
- OT Jon Ioane - will compete for playing time at left tackle
- DT Latu Moala - will compete for playing time at defensive end
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- CB Coye Francies - dismissed from team after being arrested with a loaded firearm in June, first off of the bench at cornerback and kickoff returner, James Dockery and Tim Clark will compete for backup cornerback spot, one of the incoming freshman could return kickoffs along with Gerard Lawson.
- RB Micah Strickland - academically ineligible, would have competed for backup running back spot, Patrick Fuller will now compete with Clinton Polk for backup spot
- H Jon Strowbridge - academically ineligible, was the team's holder, Ryan Gunderson or Taylor Kavanaugh will take over
- CB Josh LaGrone
- DL Jesse Fifita
- DL Castro Masaniai
- OT Kevin Pankey - recovering from knee surgery
- LS Marcus Perry
- TE Colby Prince
- OT Rory Ross
- OT Una Smiley - recovering from surgery after being shot
- LB Anthony Watkins
- WR Brandon Wimberly
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Sports analysts would all agree on one thing - "Yvenson Bernard is the most underrated player in the Pac-10." That has a lot to do with the physical and mental toughness this kid brings to the field. Last year Bernard had to run with minor injuries throughout the season, but still managed to tearoff over 1,300 yards equaling a little over 100 yards a game ... read the article
Oregon State can really solidify itself as one of the top linebacking schools on the west coast this year as they are two deep, almost three deep, at every spot ... read the article
Going into spring, it was Sean Canfield's job to lose. Coming out of spring and heading into fall camp, it is still Canfield's job to lose. The left handed gunslinger didn't blow his competition away nor did his competition, Lyle Moevao, gain any ground ... read the article
There isn't a Bill Swancutt or Inoke Breckterfield type player on the roster, but if you believe there is strength in experience then the Oregon State defensive line is your unit. Only two starters return from a year ago, but seven players are back who have played in at least 10 games each last season. ... read the article
Not much changed personnel-wise for the special teams this spring and summer as almost everyone returns from a year ago. A new coach took over, Dave Ungerer, but the transition went extremely smooth with all of the veteran players on the roster. ... read the article
With the graduation of All-Pac-10 member Adam Koets and the expected arrival of junior college transfers Jon Ioane and Michael Cole in the spring there was much talk about the battle for left tackle. Unfortunately, Ioane and Cole failed to earn enough credits to graduate and transfer to Oregon State in April. ... read the article
This crew of wide receivers is one of the strongest group on the team in terms of depth. Two starters and one part time starter return along with a host of players who have been in the system for several seasons. ... read the article
The most experienced unit on the team is the secondary where three starters return along with several part time starters. Junior Keenan Lewis has the most playing time under his belt with 24 career starts, including six straight, that dates back to his freshman year. ... read the article