Current record: 4-0
Ranking: The Beavers are currently #24 in the coaches poll and #23 in the AP poll.
Sophomore quarterback Derek Anderson (6-6, 234), sophomore running back Steven Jackson (6-2, 224) and junior wide receiver James Newson (6-1, 202) are the three key players on the OSU offensive side of the ball. As a unit the offensive line is the key for the success of offense.
The incredible protection has allowed
Newson is the number one receiver for the Beavers. He is fast and has a knack for getting open. He leads the Beavers with 22 receptions for 363 yards (16.5 avg.) and five touchdowns. Tight end, Tim Euhus (6-5, 241) and wide out, Kenny Farley (6-3, 213) are the Beavers second leading receivers. Euhus has great hands and is starting to see more balls thrown his way.
The defensive backfield consists of senior cornerback Dennis Weathersby, who is a potential first round draft pick, senior cornerback Terrell Roberts, who also returns kickoffs for the Beavs, and sophomore strong safety Mitch Meewsen, who is tied with his fellow junior safety, Lawrence Turner, for the most interceptions on the team with three each.
The defensive line is lead by senior Eric Manning and junior Dwan Edwards (6-3, 297). Manning is a future NFLer who requires a double-team every play. This frees up Edwards who is underrated and is taking advantage of the extra attention given to Manning. He is tied with defensive end, Bill Swancutt, for the most sacks on the team with three each. James Lee (6-5, 213) is a solid backup who had an excellent game against
Junior Richard Seigler, senior Nick Barnett, and senior Erik Tuma make up the best linebacking group at
Barnett is having his best season as a Beaver. At times it seems like he is in on every tackle. Barnett and Seigler are one of the best 1-2 linebacker combination in the country. Tuma is not as emotional as Seigler and Barnett, but is a perfect compliment to the two. The senior linebacker does not make many mistakes and rarely misses a tackle.
§ Wide receiver Jayson Boyd is probable with turf toe.
§ Left tackle Brian Kilkenny is out with a left fibular fracture.
§ Wide receiver Deondre Alexander is out with a shoulder injury.
§ Defensive end Dan Rothwell is out for entire season with knee injury.
§ Defensive end Henry Anderson out indefinitely with broken arm.
§ Free safety Ryan Cozzetto is out with a concussion.
Out of the injured players Jayson Boyd is probably the most important to the Beavers along with Brian Kilkenny who got hurt during last week's
The best player nobody's heard of:
Jayson Boyd (6-3, 201). Boyd is a future All-Pac-10 receiver who had an excellent spring and fall camp. He has the height and the speed to get behind any defense. He also has great hands. Boyd sat out the
Sometimes the defensive and offensive players get hyped up and draw stupid penalties. The Beavers also have little experience in short yardage situations. During the short yardage situations the Beavers have been in they have struggled.
The Beaver defense is the strength of the football team. The defense keeps the team in the game until the offense warms up. The receivers have been consistent this year as well. They are getting open and holding on to most of the balls being thrown their way.
Last game result:
Prediction for game:
I expect the offense to struggle early, then catch fire in the second half and start moving the ball. The Beaver "D" will keep the Men in Black in the game, although I expect USC to score a touchdown and a couple field goals throughout the game. OSU 23 USC 13
Series History and last meeting result: