The Oregon State Beavers announced Wednesday the first day of fall camp will be August 5th.
When head coach Mike Riley leads his squad onto the practice field that Monday it will have been 218 days since the Beavers last played at the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Riley and his staff will have 27 days and 28 practices to find reinforcements after the graduations of stars Jordan Poyer at cornerback, Markus Wheaton at split end, Feti ‘Unga at middle linebacker and Colin Kelly at right tackle.
More importantly, though, when the Beavs took their final snaps in San Antonio, it was with Cody Vaz under center. When camp opened last season, it was Sean Mannion's job as the field general. So, who will it be this season when the Beavers open their season against Eastern Washington on August 31st?
Head coach Mike Riley, who toured around the ESPN studios Wednesday with the other PAC-12 North coaches, was not about to back down from his stance during spring ball that kept the position wide open for one or the other to win/lose.
"You've heard that old adage about the fact that if you have two quarterbacks, you really don't have any..? I'm a firm non-believer in that. I'm really proud of the fact we have both of these guys, they're good guys, they're good workers and they're well respected."
Mike Riley split the time with Mannion and Vaz evenly for the most part during the spring and plans to keep the same notion in place come August 5th.
"I like both kids a lot. They both bring a lot of good quarterbacking. They both can grow. We've won games with both of them. We just looked at spring practice as further development."
The 2013 roster is loaded with talent and experience and includes 56 returning letterwinners that have combined to make 291 starts including 88 combined starts on the offensive line. Individually, the Beavers are led by senior left tackle Michael Philipp (35), senior cornerback Rashaad Reynolds (25), senior linebacker Michael Doctor (24) and junior defensive end Scott Crichton (24).
Beavers dot most of the preseason watch lists including: Brandin Cooks – Maxwell Award (top player), Biletnikoff Award (top receiver); Scott Crichton - Bronko Nagurski Award (top defender), Bednarik Award (top defender), Lott Trophy (top defender); Keith Kostol – Ray Guy Award (top punter); Rashaad Reynolds – Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back); Trevor Romaine – Groza Award (top kicker); Isaac Seumalo – Rimington Award (top center), Outland Award (top interior lineman); Storm Woods – Doak Walker Award (top running back).
All practices are open to the public (times and dates are listed below).
The first five practices are the NCAA-mandated “acclimatization” period.