February 14, 2008
Scouting Report: Offensive backfield
The Beavers have had the luxury of having some outstanding running backs over
the past few years. Starting with Ken Simonton and Steven Jackson, the Beavers
have had two outstanding years of production recently from Yvenson Bernard.
With Ryan McCants, Ahmed Mohktar, and Patrick Fuller waiting in the wings, the
Beavers look to add depth and talent with JUCO transfer Jeremy Francis, whose
blocking and receiving ability will be showcased, and Texas Mr. Touchdown himself,
Jacquizz Rodgers. The Beavers will also bring Jovan Stevenson in during January
of 2009 who will add to the depth without having a jam on the depth chart.
Signing a quarterback was a key for this years class and the Beavers went out
and found a gem in Santa Monica's Ryan Katz. After missing out on a scholarship
signal caller last year when Jake Gelakoska failed to qualify, Katz will graduate
high school early in order to get an extra spring in the Beavers system.
The BeaverBlitz Scouting Reports are based on the experience we've had
at the Nike and College Camps in addition to first hand accounts from high school
and junior college coaches that have worked with these players. We take into
consideration information from the player, the physical attributes of each athlete,
and information from other evaluators. We have taken the time to do film evaluation
of each recruit. We've also tracked many of the in-state athletes through out
their high school careers. The following comments are strictly our observations
and opinions and do not reflect those of the Oregon State coaching staff.
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