INJURY UPDATE: For an updated look at the injury situation click here.
EARLY PLAYING TIME: While Riley would like to redshirt as many freshman as possible there are several true freshmen that are up for early playing time. OT Michael Philipp for starting left tackle, LB Rueben Robinson for middle linebacker, WR Markus Wheaton for special teams, LB Devin and Kevin Unga for middle linebacker, RB Ashton Jefferson and Jovan Stevenson for backup running back and CB Rashaad Reynolds, CB Sean Martin, S Dax Dilbeck, S Zeke Sanders, and S Jordan Poyer for special teams.
RILEY MOVING UP:
Beaver head coach Mike Riley enters the season as the third-winningest coach
in school history with 56 victories. Riley could move into second which is currently
held by Hall of Fame coach Tommy Prothro (63). Lon Stiner, who coached at OSU
from 1933-48 in Corvallis, won 74 games.
PUNT RETURN: Veterans James Rodgers and Taylor Kavanaugh are listed as the two punt returners, but Kevan Walker may get in the mix as Riley says he is the most natural punt-catcher on the team.
MOVE 'EM AROUND: WR Jordan Bishop has been moved from the outside to the inside of the field. His size and athleticism pose big time problems for defenses. The coaches are also excited about Geno Munoz on the outside due to his disciplined route running.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: For the full fall camp practice schedule, click here.
PITCH COUNT: Two players, QB Lyle Moevao and K Justin Kahut, will be on a pitch count in fall camp. Moevao because of his shoulder and Kahut because of his groin.
CHANGE IT UP: Due to the team's recent slow starts Riley is going to limit the contact during the first two practices in an effort to keep the fresh. Practices are also expected to be shorter with a session for the threes at the end of practice to go at it. The ones and twos will rotate more in shorter sessions.
YADDA, YADDA: Riley has been making the media rounds, click here for the collected audio. Also, if you haven't had the chance check out Riley on the Jim Rome show hoping to get some jungle karma and talking with FoxSports.com.
WALK-ONS: Ten walk-ons joined the program earlier this month. They are DE Tom Black (Winnipeg, Manitoba), OL Aaron Magnuson (West Albany High), S Levi Levasa (Tualatin High), LS Tyler Bill (Mission Viejo, Calif.), WR Garett Hall (Olympia, Wash.), DE Travis Horton (Tigard High), RB Dylan Parsons (Olympia, Wash.), WR Mitch Singler (South Medford High), DE Reggie Williams (Rialto, Calif.) and DE Devon Kell (Hilo, Hawaii).
TEAM CAPTAINS: In what is considered unique, senior quarterbacks Lyle Moevao and Sean Canfield have been selected two of the team captains for the 2009 season. The duo join senior linebacker Keaton Kristick, senior offensive guard Gregg Peat and junior defensive tackle Stephen Paea.
GAINING SOME RESPECT: Oregon State enters the year predicted to finish fourth, the highest pick since Riley has been at OSU, by the media who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference, and several organizations have included the Beavers in the top 25 including the USA Today Coaches Poll (AP polls has not been released).
WATCH LISTS: Two Beavers are on watch lists: RB Jacquizz Rodgers is on the Doak Walker and Walter Camp lists while LB Keaton Kristick is on the Lott Trophy watch list.