Planes, the NFL combine, and baseball

A plane gets an orange and black paint job...four players prepare for the NFL Combine...1-AA opponent analysis by conference...the search for a basketball season about to kick off...and much more inside this week's edition of BeaverBytes.

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a...
Horizon Air recently unveiled three new Bombardier CRJ-700 jets sporting the logos and colors of the Pac-10's three northwest universities. The University of Washington plane is coming shortly.

The paint job for the Oregon State plane was so intricate that it is the the only jet out of the four that required the graphic artist who designed it to be present throughout the process. Another fun fact: Out of the four college hometowns (Eugene, Pullman, Seattle) Corvallis is the only college hometown that Horizon does not fly to.

Click the play button below to see a time lapsed video of the transformation of the plane into the flying Beaver mobile!


Off to the meat market.
Four Oregon State players - Yvenson Bernard, Roy Schuening, Alexis Serna and Dorian Smith - have been invited to the NFL's Scouting Combine, Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis.

Schuening and Serna will be the first Beavers at the Combine, arriving Feb. 20. Bernard arrives Feb. 21 and Smith Feb. 22. ESPN and the NFL Network will televise or recap a portion of the Combine.

In the meantime, if you want an interesting look at what players go through while preparing for the NFL Combine and draft, watch Two days in April. The documentary follows four players, two whom Beaver fans should be familiar with, Arizona State's Derek Hagan and New Mexico's DonTrell Moore.

If you have a Netflix account and a high speed internet account you can stream the movie on your computer.


Almost spring time!
Spring practice is right around the corner as the 15-day practice schedule kicksoff Mar. 31 with practices Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The spring game game is May 3.

The updated spring roster can be viewed at


Mr. Postseason Honors
Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers continues to reel in the honors as he was recently named one of 50 Old Spice Red Zone Players of the Year. He was selected out of a pool of over 5,000 candidates.

You've probably read it all before, but here are his senior prep accomplishments:

  • Named the inaugural Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Player of the Year,
  • Named the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year,
  • A First Team EA Sports High School All-American
  • A 2008 Parade All-American.
  • Helped lead Lamar Consolidated to its first state title (4A) and an undefeated season
  • As a senior accounted for 2,902 yards on the ground and 43 touchdowns
  • Broke the state record for career touchdowns with 136.


To commemorate the first NCAA Football video game on the Wii, the video game's package will feature a team's mascot which will be voted on by fans.

Head on over to and vote for Benny! You can vote one time per day with voting ending March 14.


A lightweight approach.
The Wizard of Odds blog put together a conference by conference breakdown of games scheduled against D1-AA opponents. The graph below is a percentage breakdown of games played by 1-A conferences vs. 1-AA opponents.

Way to go Pac-10.


Who is going to be the 20th head coach of the men's basketball program? Former player Lester Conner? Former Trailblazer Jerome Kersey? Current college coaches Randy Bennet, Mark Fox, Bob Thomason, Stew Morril? Or recent retiree Bobby Knight?

Only time will tell, but Ross the Prof has an interesting post about Knight and how it would be a win-win for both parties.


Bye bye Duckie.
Former Oregon quarterback/announcer Dan Fouts' contract with ABC/ESPN has expired and won't be renewed.

That's good news for Oregon State fans who had to suffer through his color commentary during Pac-10 games.


Back to back to back?

  • GET THEM BULLDOGS: In just five days the Oregon State baseball team heads to Portland to start the defense of their national title in a three game series versus the Georgia Bulldogs. Tickets, starting at $10 for adults, $5 for youth and OSU students, are still available. More information can be found at

  • STUDY TIME: Fourteen lettermen are gone from last year's team including six position players and eight pitchers, but six starters return including the sensational Joey Wong and preseason All-American pitcher Jorge Reyes. Learn more about the 2008 team from the media guide.

  • THEIR GOLDEN: Oregon State pitchers Mike Stutes and Jorge Reyes (pictured right) are two of the 75 collegiate baseball players named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List as announced by USA Baseball. The award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.

  • FOUR IN THE TOP 10: The media recently selected OSU to finish fourth in the conference behind Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA. UCLA and Arizona are ranked one, two respectively in the Baseball American preseason Top 25, while OSU checks in at No. 7 and Arizona State at No. 9.

  • MEDIA DAY: A baseball media day was held early last week. Quotes from head coach Pat Casey and players Jordan Lennerton, Jorge Reyes and Mike Stutes can be found at Video can be found at


The, uh men's basketball program.
H ere's the latest on the struggling men's basketball program.

  • PUT ME IN COACH: Former OSU basketball player C.J. Giles told the Eugene Register Guard's Adam Jude that he wants back on the team, but Kevin Mouton will have none of it as he promptly kicked off the troubled star as soon as he replaced Jay John in late January.

  • RECORD SETTERS, SORT OF: No Pac-10 team has ever gone winless in conference play and while that record is still a few games off the 2008 squad set another dubious streak. With their loss to the Huskies Saturday the Beavers have now lost 15 straight, (0-13 in conference play), the most consecutive losses in the program's history.

    Five, six including the Pac-10 tournament, games remain on the regular season schedule, two are on the road (UCLA, USC), three are at home (Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State.

  • POTTY MOUTHS: You wouldn't think that a team with a just six wins and zero conference victories would pick a fight, but that's just what Marcel Jones, Sean Carter and others did as they got into a confrontation with Husky players at the end of practice in Gill Coliseum the day before the game.

    Details can be found in a Seattle Time's blog. Suffice to say the scare tactics didn't work as Washington crushed Oregon State by 38 points.


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