September 28, 2006

A Look At Oregon State

Angie Machado, the publisher for BeaverBlitz.com, has written the following preview on Oregon State as the Beavers get ready to host Cal on Saturday. A corresponding preview on Cal can be seen at the Oregon State site. Thanks to Angie for providing her insight.

OREGON STATE vs. CAL

OFFENSE:

The Beavers are led by senior quarterback Matt Moore, who starts his second season with the Beavers after transferring from UCLA. Moore has good arm strength and knowledge of the offense, but is at times plagued by poor decision making. Last season he threw 19 interceptions and 11 touchdowns, while this season he is off to a better start with only 2 picks and 4 touchdowns.

Yvenson Bernard is a small, shifty running back and will see the bulk of the snaps. He has the ability to hit the hole quickly and avoid tackles. Clinton Polk has been productive in his minutes and gives the Beavers a different look in the backfield at 6'2". He is a strong Dickerson-esque type runner.

After returning all five starters on the offensive line from last years squad, the Beavers took a major blow last week vs. Idaho when senior tackle Josh Linehan went down with a knee injury. Versatile athlete Andy Levitre will get the start in his place, but replacing him is a tough task.

At receiver, the Beavers are led by a trio of juniors in Anthony Wheat-Brown, Sammie Stroughter, and Brandon Powers. All three have great potential, but no one has taken the steps to break out of the pack as a true "go-to" receiver. Senior Ruben Jackson also plays significant minutes and is one of the faster guys on the team.

The Beavers strongest receiver is tight end Joe Newton. After sitting out last season with an ankle injury, Big Joe is back (all 6'7" of him). He is a strong and physical player who is hard to stop in the red zone.

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