College Football Preview: The 2015 Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State Beavers Preview 2014 Record 5-7
Overview: Oregon State had a rough year last year finishing with a record of 5-7. Oregon’s State coach Mike Riley left this year and is now coaching Nebraska. They have now hired former Wisconsin head coach Gary Anderson. Gary Anderson is going to have his hands full on both sides of the ball with replacing their quarterback and only having 2 starters return on defense.
Offense: Oregon States offense was lead by quarterback Sean Mannion who passed for 3164 yards and 15 touchdowns. It is unclear who will replace Mannion as 3 freshmen will be battling it out this offseason for the starting spot. Senior Running back Storm Barrs-Woods is licking his chops as this year he will be the solo man in the back field. I expect Woods to go well over 1000 yards on the year. Oregon State returns their top two Wide receivers from last year Victor Bolden and Jordan Villamin. These two combined for 107 catches over 1300 yards and 8 touchdowns. If they can get quality starts out of their freshmen quarterback this offense will be just fine.
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Defense: New Defense of coordinator Kalani Sitake comes in to the program with only two returning starters on defense. It is going to be a tough task especially early on in the year. Jaswha James and Jalen Grimble will be the men leading up front. Sophomore linebacker Darnell Songy and freshmen Bright Ugwoegbu will be leading the linebackers this year and Larry Scott is the only returning cornerback, a lot will be asked of him early on in the season.
Special Teams: Kicker Garret Owens is back this year. He went 11 for 13 in field goals last year. Oregon State will have a new face at punter as junior college transfer Nick Porebski takes over.
Overall: Hiring Gary Anderson was a big step forward for this program. Unfortunately I think there is to many questions on the defensive side for this team to make a run this year. I think this will be more of a building year for Gary Anderson and Oregon State. Watch out for the Beavers in years to come.