College Football: Oregon State Preview

Above: Quarterback Ryan Katz hopes to lead Oregon State back to a bowl game in 2011 (Keith Birmingham/Staff photo)

As part of this becoming the all-sports blog for are three San Gabriel Valley Newspapers, and part of our college football overage, I will post a capsule of all Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season. We’ll begin with the North Division, and today we take a brief look at Oregon State

Mike Riley
Years at school: 10
Record: 69-54
2010 Record: 5-7 overall, 4-5 in conference
Division: North
2011 prediction: Fourth
Outlook: History is definitely on the the side of the Beavers, who twice before have rebounded from a sub-.500 season, like in 2010, to earn a bowl bid the following year. Oregon State, which lost stout RB Jacquizz Rodgers to the NFL, will look to one local – All-Pac-10 safety Lance Mitchell of Muir – and quarterback Ryan Katz, who struggled a bit in his first year as a starter in Corvalis. There is also the return of return specialist and receiver James Rodgers, who is still recovering from a knee injury. The Beavers also have a schedule advantage on their side, playing four of their first six games on the road. They will have to have some momentum built up, because they close the season, with four of their final six away from the home comforts of Reser Stadium. Oregon State will not compete for a division title, but they may say who wins it.
Quotable: “As we get back into (the season),” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. “We’ll have to grow a lot and be ready to compete all the way down the stretch, get better every day. The old-fashioned cliche that we use, and that’s what we’re going to have to be.”

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  • cmon mang

    hey,steve show some love to whittier…

    get off fred nuts.

  • Trojans

    That is where WC Coach Mike Maggiore played.
    Edgewood 81-84 (Fall)
    Mt. SAC 85-86 (Mountie of the Year)
    OSU 87 (Red Shirt)
    OSU 88 – 89 (All Pac 10)