2010 COMPANION PREVIEW: Oregon State

BEAVERFOOTBALL.COM HAS BEGUN firing up the 2010 opponent previews -- just what you needed to fill those final few days before we kick off our coverage of Oregon State's fall camp. And to give you an apples-to-apples comparison, we're also giving you a look at what the pundits are saying about Oregon State's prospects this season.

 The Word on the Beavers

Three factors will determine whether the Beavers finally break through to a first-tier bowl: the emergence of Ryan Katz or Peter Lalich at quarterback, identifying the next set of NFL-caliber linebackers and defensive backs and developing a more consistent pass rush. If those things happen, a team that lost its final regular-season game against rival Oregon with the Rose Bowl on the line in 2008 and '09 could return to Pasadena for the first time since the 1964 season... Athlon

The Beavers' defense took a hit earlier this spring when starting defensive end Matt LaGrone left the team to spend more time with his wife and children, but the emergence of Henry, who had four sacks in the spring game, should help soften the blow. On offense, sophomore Ryan Katz is the favorite to replace Sean Canfield at quarterback...Sports Illustrated

The elevated expectations will remain since the rest of the depth chart retains most of its parts. That includes legit Heisman Candidate RB Jacquizz Rodgers and his brother WR James Rodgers. These siblings define the definition of "go to” guys. The defense will be blessed with plenty of experience, but there is still defensive work to be done. Especially when it comes to covering receivers and getting to the quarterback. Simply put, the sack numbers and pass defense both have to improve for Oregon State to win the Pac Ten... NationalChamps.net

There are holes to fill on both sides of the ball, and enough time to get the job done. With one of the best collections of teachers in America, only a fool would doubt the Beavers' ability to adapt to change and get a handful of former backups ready for a bigger role. Blowing past expectations is in their DNA. With a few breaks and better navigation of the Ducks, so might a trip to Pasadena... CollegeFootballNews

The Rodgers brothers give OSU instant credibility on offense, and Paea is a force on the defensive line. But inexperience at quarterback makes the Beavers a dark horse to win the Pac-10... Blue Ribbon


 Beavers at a Glance
 Head Coach  Mike Riley
 at Oregon State  64-47 (10th Year)
 2009 Record  8-5 Overall, 6-3 Pac-10
 Home/Road/Neutral  4-2 / 4-2 / 0-1
 Off Starters Ret/Lost  8 / 3
 Def Starters Ret/Lost  7 / 4
 Lettermen Returning  58
 Off/Def/Spec  26 / 28 / 2
 Lettermen Lost  17
 2009 Team Statistics
 Total Offense
 Rushing Offense
 Passing Offense
 Total Defense
 Rushing Defense
 Passing Defense
 Pts Allowed/Game
 Returning Stat Leaders
Diondre Borel  #12 Ryan Katz | 6-1 | 209 | So. | QB
 Passing: 14-27, 232 Yds, 1 TDs, 0 INTs
Robert Turbin  #1 Jacquizz Rodgers | 5-7 | 191 | Jr. | RB
 Rushing: 273 Att, 1440 Yds, 5.3 Avg, 21 TDs
Stanley Morrison  #8 James Rodgers | 5-7 | 188 | Sr. | WR
 Receiving: 91 Rec, 1034 Yds, 11.4 Avg, 9 TDs
Bobby Wagner  #10 Lance Mitchell | 6-2 | 207 | Jr. | S
 Tackles: 72 Total, 43 Solo, .5 TFL, 3 INT
Rajric Coleman  #4 James Dockery | 6-1 | 181 | Sr. | CB
 INTs: 2 for 16 Yds, 38 Tackles, 24 solo, 2.5 TFL
Chris Randle  #54 Stephen Paea | 6-1 | 311 | Sr. | DT
 SACKS: 3 for 19, 43 Tackles, 22 Solo, 8.5 TFL
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