Dawg Blog - Oregon State

This week's Dawg Blog sees the Huskies eyeing their first chance for a winning streak since Week One, and that lends for some room for optimism. That, coupled with a matchup with an Oregon State team that is a little banged up after losing to USC, and this game appears to be a lot more intriguing than it might have been a few weeks ago.

Halftime Quick Stats
First Downs UW 5 OSU 8
Rushes-yards UW 17-54 OSU 19-71
Passing yards UW 24 OSU 87
Total offense UW 35-78 OSU 34-158
Possession: UW 14:43 OSU 15:17
Rushing: Rankin 10-27, Locker 6-16, Kravitz 1-11
Passing: Locker 6-14 for 16 yards
Receiving: Rankin 3/-11, Shaw 2/15, Reece 1/10, Russo 1/7 Tackling: Forrester 6, Harris 5, Savannah 4, Davenport 4

Saturday night
One Hour to Game Time
Doesn't look like rain is going to set in here in Corvallis - at least based on the skies we saw coming in before it got dark. Just cold... J.R. Hasty did travel with the team - don't know if that means anything so far...this will be Lyle Moevao's first career start at OSU after Sean Canfield started the first nine games for the Beavers...

Afternoon Practice Notes:
J.R. Hasty was wearing his normal number - 24, and Brandon Johnson was wearing the number of OSU's Yvenson Bernard - 26. Willie Griffin was also wearing Bernard's number. You could read many things into this, but the most likely is that both Johnson and Griffin appear to give the Huskies a better 'look' at what Bernard would do than Hasty. I would be hard-pressed to think that it would be a sign of anything but that.

I watched Jordan White-Frisbee snap for a while before practice started. OL Coach Mike Denbrock was watching him too. Probably nothing to it, but it appears that JWF could be used in a pinch if necessary.

Johnie Kirton was in street clothes Thursday. Willingham said that the team came out of yesterday's practice fine, so one would be led to believe it's probably nothing more than a cold or something related.

Saw one period of '2-minute', and it lasted exactly three plays. Because of the Scout numbers, it's impossible to be 100 percent sure, but it looked like Curtis Shaw got behind Byron Davenport, and Carl Bonnell connected with him for the go-ahead score.

Afternoon Willingham Notes:
Willingham said Thursday afternoon that Nate Williams would most likely not make the trip because of the hamstring injury he suffered at Stanford.

Asked about J.R. Hasty making the trip, and Willingham said that since the travel roster hasn't been announced yet, he wouldn't say if Hasty would be traveling to Corvallis or not. "He's been very positive and he's worked hard in practice," Wilingham said of Hasty.

Willingham said that, because of Oregon State's hot starts (92-9 scoring in the first quarter this year), their expected record attendence, as well as it being Senior Night - the team knows they have to get off to a good start and 'quiet them down'. "We already understand the intensity of what to expect," he said. "It's that kind of rivalry. We know there's a chance we might get things thrown at us and get spit on - we're hoping they don't happen - but they could."

Afternoon Practice Notes:
Wednesday's practice was in full pads, and Nate Williams was not in full pads, so based on Willingham's earlier comments he's most likely out for Saturday's game against Oregon State.

Other than that, there wasn't anyone in red. The linebackers were working on 'cut drills', to help them shed linemen and backs that cut-block. Oregon State likes to use some cut-blocking in their offense.

Willingham Afternoon Notes:
Willingham said there were 12 players in gold yesterday. Juan Garcia won a gold jersey for his play against Stanford, but for some reason didn't wear it on Tuesday.

He said that Nate Williams did not participate Tuesday, and if he doesn't participate Wednesday, they'll start to get the next player in line ready, and that would be Jordan Murchison. Said they went shorts and shells Tuesday to 'freshen up the team, to some degree'.

Asked about Lyle Moevao pretty much being named the starter for Saturday, and Willingham said that he's pretty good in his own right. "He was competing for the starting job, he can play. The coaches had enough confidence in him to be competing for the No. 1 job. He moves around pretty good and can be a quality player for them."

Asked about the weather, and Willingham said that they are expecting rain and lower temperatures. "It's like you can count on it being the worst game of the year, weather-wise," he said of the annual UW-OSU matchup. "But I don't think it'll be as bad as that Oregon State game from a couple of years ago (18-10 loss in 2005)."

Byron Davenport Notes:
He said that he felt good going into the Stanford game, and when asked if he didn't expect anything like what happened against Arizona to happen again, he started to search for some wood to knock on. "I hope not," he said with a laugh. "We have to really be focused and on top of our game (for OSU)."

Asked about the forced fumble at the goal line he was credited for, Davenport said that the first thing he wanted to do is make sure the ballcarrier was wrapped up. "I felt the ball moving, like he was still trying to churn his legs, so I tried to rip it out."

Ultimately he said that it was really good to get the win. "We know we have a good defense," he said. "When we really try and lock down a series, we lock it down. We knew Stanford had some good receivers and they had guys that were going to take their shots. Everybody felt confident. It felt good. This week we know what we've got to do. They have some good receivers too.

"We've always had confidence. Now it's just a matter of finishing the job. We still think we can do way better."

Asked about the situation with Roy Lewis and Richard Sherman, which resulted in a personal foul call on Sherman. It was unclear at the time, but it appears now as if Sherman was also ejected from the game for taking a swing at Lewis. He's also been suspended by Stanford for this weekend's game against Washington State because of the incident.

"At first I thought the penalty was on me," Davenport said, laughing. He wasn't laughing at the time, though. "He (Sherman) was talking the whole game. We got into his head.

"They threw the ball to my guy, and after the play I turned around and saw that he (Sherman) and Roy were talkin'. I said something, and then turned around again, because I saw the flag and thought it was on me! I didn't know until the ref came and told me what had happened."

Jordan Reffett Notes:
Talking with the big man from Moses Lake, and he agreed that this game is probably going to be as close to Ohio State as the Huskies will face all year, in the sense that the Beavers are most likely going to try and pound the ball at UW. "All signs are pointing to them running the football," he said. "Their offensive line is probably the best we're going to see all year."

As a defensive lineman though, he loves that - because it means he just have to line up and get after it.

Added that, despite the OSU OL being in a little bit of disarray, all those guys have been there a long time and it's going to be a heck of a challenge for the UW DL. He said that he hopes to use the familiarity he has with the guys on their OL to his advantage.

He said that OSU has had success against UW in the recent past because of their ability to run the ball with Yvenson Bernard. "They have a lot of strength up front."

He said that he doesn't expect the atmosphere in Corvallis to be anywhere near as nice as it was at Stanford. "Our crowd was louder than theirs," he said of the Stanford crowd. "But it's going to be a hostile crowd in Corvallis. It's going to be tooth-and-nail all the way."

Asked what specifically he sees in the team the week after a win, and he said that there's just a lot more smiles. "There's a lot of chatter and laughter and the guys getting back to work," he said. "But you'll see that after a loss too. But the problem with the loss is that you don't get to see the fruits of your labor. It's tough to swallow."

Afternoon Practice Notes:
Lots of gold to go around after the Huskies' 27-9 win over Stanford. Jake Locker, Louis Rankin, Jay Angotti, Mesphin Forrester, Darin Harris, Paul Homer, Jordan Reffett, Greyson Gunheim, Michael Gottlieb, Ryan Tolar and Cody Habben all appeared to be wearing gold during Tuesday's shorts-and-shells practice.

There didn't appear to be anyone in red, although Donald Butler did not warm up. He was dressed to practice. Tuesday
Q&A with Jake Locker
Locker made it into the media work room Tuesday and said he feels really good and he did his required weight lifting this morning, and his shoulder didn't appear to be any worse for the wear. Wasn't sure when it happened during the Stanford game, but it sure looked like it got banged up during that last offensive play for the Huskies where he went on a naked bootleg for a 7-yard score to put the game out of reach.

On OSU: "They play really hard and their guys up front do a lot of good things, but we can't be scared off from running the ball. It's something we like to establish, and everything we do works off the run game. They do have a really good front seven, so we're going to have to throw the ball more accurately than last week."

On Paul Homer: "He's one of my best friends and one of the first people I met up here. He just goes out and takes care of his business and plays hard every week. You know what you're going to get out of Paul, and he's the same way off the field. He's a straight-shooter. I have a lot of respect for him on and off the field. He's goofy, he's funny. He's always trying to make us laugh. He got me into Guitar Hero (3) , and he loves it. He's the King of Rock."

How good a Guitar Hero is he?: "Beginner."

Is he pretty into it?: "You can't sit down when you rock. You have to stand. Paul has instituted rules. I'm not really good at any song yet. But the first song - Slow Ride - is a nice little song. It gets you eased into it, so I like that one."

On Juan Garcia getting Jake to get a mohawk?: "He told me he wants to, and he's probably the only guy that could talk me into it."

On getting 1000 rushing yards this year: "If we win, it doesn't matter to me. I could care less if I get to a thousand yards."

On being angry again for this week, apparently just like last week: "I think it's more hungry and want to win. I don't think it's angry. I think it's playing with a passion, like we have something to prove. And I think we did that last week. We played hard and aggressive, and I think we need to continue to do that, because it worked well for us."

On last year's OSU game: "It was freezing. It was a tough game, a hard-fought game. They were a physical team. I noticed how hard they played last year. I have a lot of respect for them, just by how they played the game."

On how things have gotten better with the win: "The emotions around the locker room have been a lot better the last couple of days, and we still have a chance to make the season a really good one. We have an opportunity to play after our regular-season is over, and I think that's something the guys are really excited about."

On wanting to win for guys like Louis Rankin, who haven't been to a bowl: "Every year you want to send the seniors out on a good note, but at the same time the younger guys want to do that too. Nobody wants to be at home, watching games on Christmas."

On watching film: "I try to get in at least two hours a day."

On what he looks for when watching film: "I have a routine. I watch some games early in the week, get into their blitz schemes - what they like to do and when they like to do it. Watching their down-and-distance, red-zone. I try to make sure to hit all the main points, and if I have extra time I try to look at formations, big plays, things like that."

On watching film in college being different than when it was at Ferndale: "(Laughs) We just put a tape in and watch it. We didn't know what we were looking for. I wasn't reading coverages in high school, so it wasn't a big deal. We ran the same play every week and it worked every week."

Q&A with OC Tim Lappano
Here was Lappano's opening thoughts about the Huskies' opponent this weekend - Oregon State. "They are a real good defense," he said. "45 yards from being the best defense in the Pac-10, and they are second in the nation against the run. They are good. Their down guys are stout. Their tackles play with great leverage. They are pretty athletic. Their ends are athletic and can get up the field. They've got great speed at linebacker. All their linebackers can run. They aren't afraid to bump you outside with their corners, with no help at all over the top. That's how much confidence they have in their guys. This is a big man-cover team. They'll press you all the way across and they are stout against the run."

On his keys to victory: "To win this game we're going to have to take care of their front four and play physical. We're going to have to play with big-time pad leverage. That's going to be really important, because if they get in your chest and get underneath you, they're going to knock you back. They're going to knock you off the ball, and it has to be just the opposite. We have to knock them off the ball, get underneath them, and we have to win outside. It's going to be a big challenge for our fifth-year senior receivers and it's going to be a big challenge for our offensive line."

On Paul Homer: "Paul's a good football player. He's a great competitor. He's a tough kid, a physical kid that's a throwback. He likes to put his face on you. He reminds me a lot of Jake Locker. They are both tough guys and they are both competitors. Paul did a lot of good things in that (Stanford) game. He took a lot of reps. He took a lot of reps on special teams that I didn't even know about. I told him that I probably played him too much, and he told me I didn't play him enough. He wants to play every snap. He bangs. He's sore after the game because he plays the game like you're supposed to. I nicknamed him 'The Doctor'."

On Curtis Shaw, and moving to receiver: "I had a couple of things for him, but the situation wasn't right. We're looking at some things and we're looking at him at receiver. He's got great hands and he catches the ball really well with his hand. You can't substitute speed. He's athletic and I think his hips are loose enough that he can stick his foot in the ground and change direction and give us some threat down the field. Gradually we're going to mix in a few things every now and then in for him and work him at both - he's not out of the mix at running back. We're just looking at some things to try and work him in more and more. We need to try and utilize his speed, because you can't coach speed. He's got that one thing we all want, and it's that 10.4 (100 meters)."

On separation being key against a team that plays straight man on the corners: "The more you can separate, the easier the throw is going to be for the quarterback. If you've got somebody hanging on you and you only have half a step, it's going to take perfect location on that throw. It's tough, and you have to get separation. A lot of that can take place at the line of scrimmage. Releases are really critical against a team that presses you all the time. It's something we work on all the time and we'll work on it a lot this week too."

On separation being a big issue against Stanford: "We had some guys open. The deep ball to Marcel early in the game - that's a throw we need to make. Those streaks - they aren't high-percentage throws, so you have to live with that and have something ready to get caught back up in down-and-distance when you miss."

On going back to Corvallis (he coached at OSU under Dennis Erickson): "I've not seen it since they built the other side, so it'll be fun to see it."

On the improvements of the OL: "This is going to be a really big challenge for them. They are getting better and you aren't seeing the mental mistakes that we've made in the past. I think we're starrting to become comfortable with what we're doing running the ball. They are becoming more physical and getting confident too. They know what they are doing. But these guys are probably as good on defense as anyone we've faced. They are the real deal. They get after it."

On Rankin becoming a 30-carry back: "It's hard to pull him out when he's doing what he's doing on Saturday. I play that position, and the good backs get better as the game goes along. As a running back you get a feel for a game. And when you're rolling like he's rolling, you've got the feel. I can tell by looking at their faces how fatigued they are, and looking at Louis, it was like he was hardly sweating. He wasn't that tired. He was limping around a little bit and we got him out of there, but he did OK. But to assume that he's going to get 36 carries (against OSU) - I doubt that."

On the final UW offensive play of the Stanford game: "The game wasn't in the bag for a long time for me. I don't think that game was over until there was just a couple of minutes left, in my opinion. Trying to get him out of there? No. You have to understand just how hard it is to limit his carries. He wants the ball. I mentioned to him one time that I could get Carl (Bonnell) warmed up, and he did not want to come off that field."

On Jake using the whole playbook now: "He's operating the whole thing, pretty much - and then some. We put some wrinkles in it last week and he handled it pretty well."

On the play where Jake escorted Louis Rankin for a 42-yard run in the first quarter against Stanford: "He blocked that guy for a half-hour. That was not designed. That was a read-zone, and the next thing you know Louis cut it all the way back and he's saying, 'I might as well be the lead blocker'. It looked like it was designed, but it wasn't. That's just Jake. He's going to go put his face on you."

Official Oregon State two-deeps for their game against Washington on Saturday. This was just released by OSU Sports Information, but doesn't necessarily fit with Mike Riley's comments about Sean Canfield and Dorian Smith being pretty much out for the game. So take it FWIW...
Oregon State Offense
WR  15 Darrell Catchings        5-11 174 Fr.
     2 Chris Johnson            6-1 198 Jr.
SL  82 Brandon Powers           6-2 215 Sr.    
    29 Shane Morales            6-1 199 Jr.
LT  63 Ryan Pohl                6-3 261 Fr.*
    71 Mau Nomani               6-4 324 Fr.*
LG  51 Adam Speer               6-3 276 Jr.
    62 Jeremy Perry             6-2 329 Jr.
C   75 Kyle DeVan               6-2 294 Sr.
    65 Marcus Henderson         6-5 285 Jr.
RG  67 Roy Schuening            6-4 318 Sr.
    73 Gregg Peat               6-3 301 So.
RT  66 Andy Levitre             6-3 324 Jr.
    68 Michael Cole             6-6 298 Jr.
TE  88 Howard Croom             6-3 241 So.
    83 Brady Camp               6-4 235 Fr.*   
QB   5 Sean Canfield            6-4 222 So.
     3 Lyle Moevao              5-11 225 So.
    10 Kyle Gunderson           6-5 229 Sr.
RB  26 Yvenson Bernard          5-9 204 Sr.
    37 Matt Sieverson           6-2 220 Sr.
    22 Clinton Polk             6-2 215 Sr.
FL  17 Anthony Brown            6-1 218 Sr.
     8 James Rodgers            5-7 181 Fr.  
FB  38 Andy Stewart             5-11 235 Sr.
HB  81 Gabe Miller              6-3 242 Fr.*
    85 John Reese               6-3 224 So.

Oregon State Defense
LE  93 Dorian Smith             6-3 258 Sr.
    90 Victor Butler            6-2 233 Jr.
    86 Jeff Kruskamp            6-5 246 Sr.
LT  53 Gerard Lee               6-1 280 Sr.
    96 William Akau'ola Vea     6-2 282 Sr.
RT  98 Curtis Coker             6-1 309 Sr.
    99 Pernnell Booth           6-1 302 Jr.
RE  49 Jeff Van Orsow           6-4 266 Sr.
    91 Naymon Frank             6-5 312 Sr.
    58 Slade Norris             6-3 254 Jr.
SLB 45 Derrick Doggett          6-3 210 Sr.
    32 Keaton Kristick          6-3 229 So.
MLB 43 Alan Darlin              6-1 251 Sr.
    41 Bryant Cornell           6-1 240 Jr. 
WLB 42 Joey LaRocque            6-2 230 Sr.
    32 Keaton Kristick          6-3 229 So.
LC   6 Keenan Lewis             6-1 199 Jr.
    21 Tim Clark                6-0 175 So.
SS  39 Daniel Drayton           5-10 204 Sr.
    44 Greg Laybourn            5-10 201 Jr.
FS   9 Al Afalava               5-11 198 Jr.
    23 Bryan Payton             6-2 211 Jr.    
RC  36 Brandon Hughes           5-11 174 Jr.
     5 Gerard Lawson            5-11 190 Sr.

Oregon State Special Teams
PK  13 Alexis Serna             5-8 162 Sr.
    27 Justin Kahut             5-8 158 Fr.
P   13 Alexis Serna             5-8 162 Sr.
    18 Kyle Harper              6-0 195 Fr.
HLD 84 Taylor Kavanaugh         5-10 174 So.
SNP 55 Joel Cohen               5-11 249 Sr.
    60 Alex Linnenkohl          6-2 282 Fr.*
PR  84 Taylor Kavanaugh         5-10 174 So.
    17 Anthony Brown            6-1 218 Sr.
KR   5 Gerard Lawson            5-11 190 Sr.
    17 Anthony Brown            6-1 218 Sr. 

UW Player Quotes:
I was able to speak with three players Monday - Juan Garcia, Darin Harris and Louis Rankin. Here's what each had to say.

Juan Garcia:
On his mohawk: "I didn't want to feel like a moron. I'm trying to get (Ryan) Tolar to do it. Casey (Bulyca) doesn't have to do it. I want him to grow his hair out."

On playing more physical against Stanford: "We've played the same way, I don't think nothing's changed. We've been physical all season. We just had enough. I think it just balled up and we toook it out on someone. (Offensive Line Coach) Mike Denbrock came into our meeting Tuesday during film study and said, 'Enough is enough'. That was the theme the whole week. He was like, 'Whatever issues you have outside of football, take it out on those guys (Stanford). Whatever was bothering me, I released it. They beat us last year and it was embarrassing me, so someone was going to pay."

On the end of the Stanford game: "Jake told us, 'This is on you guys, we're putting the game on you', and that was kind of cool."

On OSU: "They are the one team that probably out-phyiscalled us. We are just going to play our game."

On hearing about Louis Rankin wining co-Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for his 255-yard rushing effort against Stanford: "I didn't find out until we were coming up the elevator. I gave him a hug, I jumped for joy."

On the OL taking credit for running success on offense: "Jake (Locker) is on his own. 99 percent of the yardage Louis gets is his, we get one percent. With Jake, it's 100 percent. It's all his. I'm not going to take anything away from him."

On being happy after a win: "I'm up here talking to you guys, right? (laughs) I'm a sore loser. I'll pout like a little girl. I hate losing. I can't stand it. Last week was tough. I was struggling. I'm smiling today, no negative thoughts."

Darin Harris:
On getting after Stanford: "We were just frustrated and pissed off at the six losses in a row, so you're going to get motivation because of it."

On bottling that emotion for the rest of the season: "We don't need to bottle nothin'. Play as hard as you can this today and worry about tomorrow tomorrow."

On playing a physical team in Oregon State: "I believe that we're a physical team too, so it all evens out. It's going to be a good game. If it wasn't physical, it wouldn't be football."

On getting healthy (after suffering back injury): "There was times when I was injured when I couldn't walk. And now I'm running and hitting. I think about it every day and give God thanks for being able to play the game that I like a lot." On thinking about his back: "It doesn't cross my mind. f I'm thinking about my back, then I'm not thinking about the guy across from me. And that's not good." (laughs)

Louis Rankin:
On explaining his breakout game against Stanford: "I have something on my mind that I want to do and it's not just a pride issue, but a higher calling. I play for the Lord first of all, but I want to play to the best of my ability and go to a bowl game. It's something I've always wanted to do since I got here. I want to help turn this program around."

On being the Huskies' every-down back: "I always believed I could be that type of back. I'm sure there will still be people that don't think I can do it, but I don't get caught up in that. I don't know how many snaps I'll take next week, but I feel like I can take it every snap if they want to call it like that."

On winning the co-Pac-10 Player of the Week award with Dennis Dixon: "It feels great, but it's definitely not a one-man award."

Tyrone Willingham Notes
The first question thrown out to Coach Willingham today was the health of Jake Locker. It appeared as if he was favoring his shoulder after scoring late in the Huskies' 27-9 win over Stanford this past weekend. "I think his health is good," Willingham said of Locker. "I think the last hit took a little air out of him, but right now he's fine."

Willingham added that other than Nate Williams, who was slowed because of a hamstring, the team came out of the Stanford game healthy. He was asked about sophomore linebacker Donald Butler, and it sounds like Butler is doubtful for Saturday's game. "I think it's going to be more like three weeks before we start to consider him," Willingham said of Butler.

The press at Stanford noticed that running back Curtis Shaw was warming up at receiver before the game, and Willingham hinted that the offensive coaches are looking hard at the freshman athlete to try to get him on the field in a number of capacities. "To have the ability to be a running back and a receiver is a nice quality to have," Willingham said of Shaw. "He has a wonderful set of hands and outstanding speed - and any time you can put that combination out in open field, that is a plus. With the package we use, it gives you a lot of flexibility."

Asked about Oregon State - "Defensively, they've been one of the better teams we've played since I've been here.," Willingham said. "They are very physical on the inside, and do a great job with their scheme of forcing everything to the inside. They can free up their safeties, so you might see times where they have as many as nine players in the box, depending on your formation - and that makes it very difficult to run the football because you don't have a hat on a hat.

So what's the blueprint for having offensive success against OSU? "You have to beat their man coverage," Willingham said. "Our receivers need to free themselves up and get some separation. And our offensive line needs to do a great job up front to protect our quarterback and give him the time that he needs."

Offensively, he was asked if it mattered if the Beavers played with Sean Canfield or Lyle Moevao at quarterback, and Willingham said that who was at QB was less important than who is at running back. "The difference is the running back (Yvenson Bernard)," Willingham said. "He's the heart and soul of that football team, and when he's in there, they have a different life. No disrespect to their other players, but I think he's a special player. He brings a special energy to them. He makes their offensive line even better than they are.

"Not only is he an excellent runner, but he's a great leader for their football team and adds so much to them emotionally. When he's not in there, I think there's a real void in their team."

Asked about OSU placekicker Alexis Serna, who has 13 field goals in the three games he's played in against UW. "He gets excited about playing the Huskies," Willingham said, matter-of-factly.

Willingham knows just how important this game is to the Huskies - it's everything. "We have to be very focused," he said. "It's simply one at a time, and we can't look past that."

Asked what he felt went right against Stanford defensively. "We tried to have more of an aggressive tone to everything that we were doing," he said. "When you lend yourself to be overly cautious, you tend to make mistakes."

He was happy with the way the week of practice went leading up to the Stanford game. "They continued to work hard and give good effort," he said of the team. "Hopefully they continue to understand that if you work hard and stay at it, some good things will happen."

Asked about Rankin getting Pac-10 co-Player of the Week with Dennis Dixon..."He had one heck of a football game," Willingham said. "I hope that they award the offensive line some accolades also, because I thought they did a wonderful job."

Mike Riley Notes
The Oregon State Head Coach started his briefing with the Seattle media with an opening statement. "We are liking our wounds a little bit. We didn't have a great weekend as a team. We're looking to rebound."

Injuries are definitely an issue for the Beavers. Star running back Yvenson Bernard may be back "It looks good today, the progress he's made," Riley said. He added that Bernard would have no contact Monday, and they would see how everything goes "He's a cornerstone guy, a foundation guy," Riley added.

Pre-season All-American Offensive Lineman Jeremy Perry is probably going to be available as a back-up, but he isn't back to being himself just yet. He did travel to USC, but Riley didn't think he'd be in a situation where he'd do anything but emergency work this coming Saturday.

Starting QB Sean Canfield is 'doubtful', according to Riley. "He was really sore yesterday, and it would be hard to see him getting really close to being able to play," he said of Canfield. They will know more Monday night. The injury is to his throwing shoulder.

Standout defensive lineman Dorian Smith is out with a knee sprain.

In Canfield's place will likely be Lyle Moevao. Moevao is 27-51 for 280 yards and no touchdowns. He's thrown four interceptions. He's played in five games total. "Having him in there doesn't change how we run our offense," Riley said of having Moevao play instead of Canfield.

Because the Beavers won the last three meetings with the Huskies - all at Husky Stadium - Riley said half-joking if the game had been rescheduled for Seattle. "We'll make the trip up there, if it's OK," he said with a laugh. "But it's feels good to be at home."

Asked about USC's nine sacks in their 24-3 win over OSU last weekend. "It was a combination of things, and hopefully our guys gained from the experience of competing against the guys from USC, and they'll compete at a little higher level next week."

There's a lot riding on the UW-OSU game. The Huskies need to win out to become bowl-eligible, and the Beavers would like to win against Washington to become bowl-eligble. The UW game is Oregon State's last home game. "There's a lot going on, and each game carries a little more weight," he said. "The trap is spending too much time thinking about that than the opponent."

The Beavers have outscored opponents 92-9 in the first quarter of their games this year. "I'd like to bottle it and use it for the whole game, somehow," Riley said of their ability to start strong. "Games have stages to them, and we haven't maintained very well. We're starting to finish games better. It doesn't mean a lot if you can't maintain it and finish."

Asked about the classic 'strength versus strength matchup of the league's second-best run attack (UW) versus the league's top run-stoppers (OSU). The Huskies are averaging 193 yards per game on the ground, and the Beavers are only allowing less than 60. "They are going to stretch us all the way," Riley said. "It's that 'strength-on-strength' factor. We play a number of people up front, try to keep people fresh, and our secondary are good tacklers and tough guys and they play a role."

Riley had some nice things to say about RS Frosh QB Jake Locker. "He's definitely exciting, talented and tough," Riley said. "If you don't have to play against him, he's a lot of fun to watch."

Riley said that the team's defense feeds off the idea of being really physical and aggressive. "That's kind of our identity," he said. "When we're going good, we're stopping the run and we're running the ball. That's very important to us philosophically. That's our approach and our life down here. It will be very, very important this week against the Huskies."

Pepsi Players of the Week Announced
Offense - Louis Rankin
Defense - Greyson Gunheim
ST - Jay Angotti

Scout Team Players of the Week
Offense - Chris Izbicki
Defense - Nick Wood
ST - Cort Dennison

Also, Rankin was named co-Pac-10 Player of the Week with Dennis Dixon.

Washington Offense
WR   5 Anthony Russo         5-11 185 ^Sr.
    18 Corey Williams        6-2 195 ^Sr.
LT  79 Ben Ossai             6-6 300 Jr.
OR  71 Cody Habben           6-6 300 So.
LG  65 Ryan Tolar            6-5 310 So.
    76 Jordan White-Frisbee  6-6 320 Sr.
C   58 Juan Garcia           6-3 315 ^Sr.
    64 Matt Sedillo          6-3 300 So.
RG  72 Casey Bulyca          6-6 340 Sr.
    64 Matt Sedillo          6-3 300 So.
    70 Morgan Rosborough     6-6 365 Jr.
RT  75 Chad Macklin          6-8 300 ^Sr.
    69 Erik Berglund         6-6 310 ^Sr.
TE  86 Michael Gottlieb      6-5 245 Sr.
OR  37 Johnie Kirton         6-4 270 Sr.
OR  81 Robert Lewis          6-5 250 ^Sr.
QB  10 Jake Locker           6-3 225 So.
    11 Carl Bonnell          6-3 215 ^Sr.
TB   9 Louis Rankin          6-0 205 ^Sr. 
     6 Brandon Johnson       5-11 195 Fr.
    24 J.R. Hasty            5-11 200 Jr.
    14 Curtis Shaw           5-11 190 Fr.
FB  30 Paul Homer            6-0 222 So.
    32 Luke Kravitz          6-1 245 Sr.  
WR   3 Marcel Reece          6-3 240 Sr.
WR  16 D'Andre Goodwin       6-0 170 So.
    29 Cody Ellis            6-0 185 ^Sr.

Washington Defense
DE  66 Daniel Te'o-Nesheim   6-4 245 Jr.
    59 Darrion Jones         6-3 255 Jr.
    96 De'Shon Matthews      6-4 255 So.
DT  95 Jordan Reffett        6-6 295 ^Sr.
    77 Erick Lobos           6-3 285 Sr.
DT  74 Wilson Afoa           6-3 290 ^Sr.
    99 Cameron Elisara       6-2 275 So.
DE   7 Greyson Gunheim       6-5 265 Sr.
    85 Caesar Rayford        6-7 250 Sr.
OLB 34 Dan Howell            6-1 225 Sr.
    20 Kyle Trew             6-2 235 ^Sr.
ILB 57 Trenton Tuiasosopo    6-2 240 Sr.  
    40 Mason Foster          6-1 218 Fr.
OLB 22 E.J. Savannah         6-2 228 Jr.
    40 Mason Foster          6-1 218 Fr.
    29 Chris Stevens         6-0 215 Jr.
FS  15 Darin Harris          5-11 200 Sr.
    39 Nate Williams         6-1 205 Fr.
SS  23 Mesphin Forrester     6-2 205 Sr.
    27 Jay Angotti           5-10 180 So. 
CB  18 Byron Davenport       5-11 195 Jr. 
     6 Vonzell McDowell Jr.  5-9 176 Fr.
    19 Matt Mosley           5-11 190 So.
CB  28 Roy Lewis             5-11 187 ^Sr.
    17 Jordan Murchison      6-0 184 Sr.
    19 Matt Mosley           5-11 190 So.

Washington Special Teams
P   12 Jared Ballman         5-11 175 Jr.
    13 Ryan Perkins          6-0 185 Jr.
FG/PAT 13 Ryan Perkins       6-0 185 Jr.
    12 Jared Ballman         5-11 175 Jr.
KO  12 Jared Ballman         5-11 175 Jr.
    13 Ryan Perkins          6-0 185 Jr.
HLD 11 Carl Bonnell          6-3 215 ^Sr.
SNP 49 Danny Morovick        6-3 230 Jr.
KOR  9 Louis Rankin          6-0 205 Sr.
     6 Brandon Johnson       5-11 195 Fr.     
PR   5 Anthony Russo         5-11 185 ^Sr.
     9 Louis Rankin          6-0 205 Sr.

^ indicates fifth-year senior

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