Nearly a Beaver, Now a Sun Devil. Jahii Carson Returns to Gill

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Nearly a Beaver, Now a Sun Devil. Jahii Carson Returns to Gill

By Jordan Whitley, College Basketball Insider, @JordanWhitley

VIDEO: When Joe Burton steps onto the court this Thursday night, his friend Jahii Carson becomes foe.

Carson, the red shirt freshman guard who's re-energized the Sun Devils with his speed and electricity, came oh-so-close to being a Beaver prior to the 2011 season before de-committing to the progam.

"Yeah we still talk and text a lot," says Burton, but when he comes to Gill "I don't know him."

Jahii and Joe's relationship goes back to prep days, when they were team mates on the Compton Magic. "It's the best travel team in the country...Compton Magic is family for life."

For Coach Robinson, he doesn't plan to let the emotions of a losing someone in 2011 affect him Thursday night. "I coach the guys who are in this locker room, and we win or lose together."

It will be interesting to see if emotions get to Carson, who's admitted that he "committed too early." The emotions, if any, are over a year in the making, as he had to sit out last season due to academic ineligibility. To boot, this is his first time back at Gill since a high school visit.

Mind games aside, Carson comes in as the number one weapon the Beavers must contain, averaging 16.7 point per game and leading the Pac-12 in minutes.

What to the Beavers have to do to stop him?

"Keep him from scoring," Joe says, and a telling grin spreads slowly across his face.

Check back tomorrow for a full scouting report from Coach Robinson and players.

Oregon State is going to ambush Minnesota Thursday night

Oregon State is going to ambush Minnesota Thursday night

It's very difficult to predict the outcome of season-opening games in football. So much happens in the off-season, when changes are made to the coaching staff that often leads to changes in the style of play, new players are added and players mature.

Things change.

That's part of the reason, I suppose, that I feel strongly that Oregon State is going to come out of Thursday night's opener at Minnesota with a victory, in spite of the fact that just about all the oddsmakers have them as 13-point underdogs.

The Beavers have new coordinators on both sides of the ball, a lot of new players and a new quarterback. How in the world can anybody know exactly what to expect from this Oregon State team? But there's one thing OSU must do: protect the new quarterback.

Darell Garretson had 11 career starts at quarterback for Utah State and the Beavers believe he's just the right guy to operate their offense. I hope that's true but they better take good care of him. Quarterbacks have never been more important than they are in today's football and in this case, with no proven depth at the position, the Beavers must treat Garretson like a precious commodity.

The last time I saw the Beavers I liked what I saw. They battled Oregon in the Civil War behind 174 yards on 19 carries from Ryan Nall. I liked Nall from the moment I saw him at Central Catholic -- he's a battering ram with stamina. I'm just happy he found his way to the running back position after thoughts about linebacker, tight end and H-back.

I'm saying right now OSU will be ready for opening night. Gary Andersen knows what he's doing. This isn't going to be a great season for the Beavers -- their schedule is too difficult. But I think they've got that thing in Corvallis headed in the right direction.

And that direction is to protect Garretson, get Nall a lot of carries, spread the ball out to an impressive group of receivers and play defense with ferocity. And oh yes, they aren't playing Michigan, they're playing Minnesota.

Oregon State football to hold open tryouts

Oregon State football to hold open tryouts

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Are you ready to don the Orange and Black? Head coach Gary Andersen announced Wednesday a chance for Oregon State University students to give it a shot with a tryout to join the Beavers' football program next week.
 
Interested students can meet at the Merritt Truax Indoor Practice Facility Monday, Aug. 29 at 12:30 p.m. to put their football skills on display. Students should bring workout clothes and cleats (helmets and pads will not be needed).
 
Requirements to try out follow:

  • Must have physician completed physical exam, insurance and medical history form.
  • Must provide proof of sickle cell trait testing.
  • Must be a full-time enrolled student in good standing at Oregon State University.
  • Must have NCAA Division I eligibility remaining.

 
In order to participate, a scanned copy of your physical, insurance and medical history forms, along with a screen shot with your university status MUST be emailed to Vince Guinta (vince.guinta@oregonstate.edu) by 12 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.
 
The Beavers open the season Thursday, September 1 at Minnesota at 6 p.m. PDT in a game that will be televised by the Big Ten Network. The seven-game home schedule starts Saturday, September 17 vs. Idaho State at 2 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

Single game tickets for the Oregon game go on sale to the general public Thursday at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $66.

For information on season tickets for the upcoming schedule, including access to The Terrace, please contact the OSU ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS during weekday business hours or beavertickets.com

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Beavers players get first look at new locker room

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Beavers players get first look at new locker room

It has been nearly a year in the making, but on Wednesday the players on the Oregon State football team finally got to see their new locker rooms.

[Photo Gallery: Beavers New Locker Room]

The new state of the art locker room is just a small portion of the $42 million expansion of the Valley Center that was announced in early 2015.  The project was a long time coming for Beavers fans and players alike, as wide receiver Hunter Jarmon said during OSU media day, “about time.”

Yesterday afternoon coach Gary Andersen opened the doors to the locker room and let his kids in for the first time.  On cloud nine, the Beavers players took to social media to share their excitement for the new home.

We unveiled the new locker room in Valley Football Center tonight. Watch here to see what it really means for the Oregon State football program! Go Beavs!

Posted by Oregon State Football on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The construction project is right on schedule, with the main entrance to the Valley Center projected to be finished in December, and the auditorium and final completion set for early February 2017. 

As for the Beavers players, they won't have to wait much longer to experience the new locker room at its finest; that would be on game day. The Beavers open up their home schedule September 17th against Idaho State.

Beavers select six team captains for the 2016 season

Beavers select six team captains for the 2016 season

CORVALLIS –  On the eve of the official start of the 2016 season, members of the Oregon State football team voted Victor Bolden Jr., Devin Chappell, Darell Garretson, Sean Harlow, Caleb Saulo and Dustin Stanton team captains.

Bolden enters his final season with 25 career starts as a receiver. The public health major from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has accounted for 3,619 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns.

“This is a big responsibility and I have to hold myself accountable,” Bolden Jr. said. “I’m excited to get on the field and show Beaver Nation how much we have improved.”

Chappell is an economics major from Springfield, Ore. The former walk-on began his college career at Western Oregon before transferring to OSU prior to the 2014 season. He started eight games last year at safety in his first eligible season at OSU making 43 tackles.

“It’s quite an honor that my teammates would think that I’m worthy to be a team captain,” Chappell said. “I’m excited to get on the field and be the best leader I can be.”

Garretson is the lone non-senior to be voted a captain. The junior from Chandler, Ariz., is the starting quarterback for the upcoming season after redshirting last year. The sociology major passed for 2,586 yards and 18 touchdowns at Utah State during the 2013 and ’14 seasons.

“I’m honored that my teammates would have this kind of trust in me,” Garretson said. “I can’t thank my teammates enough for this respect.”

Harlow is a veteran offensive tackle from San Clemente, Calif., who possesses a team-high 28 starts. He will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family sciences.

“This is a huge honor that my teammates have this much respect and trust in me,” Harlow said.

Saulo is one of the most experienced players on the defensive side of the ball, having 11 starts at linebacker. The Kent, Wash., native has 107 career tackles. He will graduate in sociology in December.

“My goal is to do all I can to lead this team to a successful year,” Saulo said. “I’m going to be more vocal and do whatever I can for this team to have a great season.”

Stanton, from Marysville, Wash., has 18 career starts at offensive tackle and is on track to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“There is no better group of guys I would rather lead than my current teammates,” Stanton said. “I’m ready to get on the field, get to work and see what we can do.”

The Beavers begin practice Friday in Bend. The first seven workouts will be at Summit High School withSaturday’s practice open to the public from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family Fun Day coincides with the first day of practice in Corvallis, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, August. 12.

Oregon State opens the season Thursday, September 1 at Minnesota at 6 p.m. PDT in a game that will be televised by the Big Ten Network. The Beavers’ seven-game home schedule starts Saturday, September 17 vs. Idaho State at 2 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

For information on season tickets for the upcoming schedule, including access to The Terrace, please contact the OSU ticket office at 1-800-GO-Beavs during weekday business hours or beavertickets.com

Oregon State hoping second year under Andersen brings better results

Oregon State hoping second year under Andersen brings better results

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Oregon State coach Gary Andersen narrowed down the Beavers' point of emphasis that could lead improvement over last season's 2-10 showing to one simple goal: Improved physicality. 

OSU needs more of it. Lots more. Or the Beavers will be dead in the water before the season begins. 

"If it does not [improve] then we will be right where we were a year ago because we could not hang in there physically with people in our league week in and week out," Andersen said today during Pac-12 Media Days. "If you cannot do that, the way we want to play football and the way you have to play football to win at this level, you will not be successful."

Andersen's first season proved disastrous for the Beavers, who went 0-9 in conference play while ranking at or near the bottom of the Pac-12 in virtually every meaningful statistical category. Year two sees a program picked by the media to once again finish last in the Pac-12 North as well as the conference. 

The Beavers are certainly capable of finishing higher than last. Climbing much higher than 10th, however, could require a quantum leap in all facets of the game, and that would only occur with extreme hard work at a bit of luck. 

OSU junior wide receiver Victor Bolden Jr., named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, said the team has embraced the challenge of working harder to improve. 

"Coach Andersen tells us to live in the hard," Bolden said. "And this offseason that's what we're doing, we've living in the hard, and grinding."

OSU must also mix in some talent and skill to win. The Beavers certainly lacked in those areas last season, especially on offense where the team adjusted to a new system. Andersen essentially tried to squeeze former coach Mike Riley's pro-style talent into a spread attack. The result was a team that ranked last in the Pac-12 in both scoring offense (19 points per game) and total offense (336.8 yards per game). Keep in mind that 10 of 12 conference teams averaged more than 395 yards and 30 points per game in 2015. 

Andersen said he's already noticed signs of the team being much more comfortable within the system this year. Coaches know the players better; their personalities, deficiencies, strengths and temperments. Players also learned the same things about themselves, leading to improvement. 

"It's much more comfortable as a head coach," Andersen said of fitting players to his system. "Much more comfortable as a position coach. And I believe our kids are much more comfortable with us as a whole, and with the scheme."

Bolden said he expects to play in a much more potent offense this season. 

"The transition is not as rough," he said of the team's familiarity with the schemes. "Not as extreme. I think guys are picking it up good and the offense is rolling pretty smoothly. Good things are going to happen for us."

The Beavers showed major signs of improvement in the final game of last season, a 52-42 loss at Oregon. 

"We're going to take the momentum we had in the Oregon game and transition that into the offseason and work hard and get ready for next season," Bolden said. 

For the offense to take the next step, OSU must get much better production from the quarterback position. 

Transfer quarterback Darrell Garrettson won the job during spring drills. He will give the team an upgrade at the position, especially in experience. He started 12 games at Utah State including five in 2014 before getting injured. He was off to a great start to the season, completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,140 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions. 

"He understands the offense very well and he's such a dynamic player," Bolden said. "I think he is going to fit into our offense good and we're going to need him to do big things for our team to be good this year."

Seth Collins played quarterback much of last season but struggled. He is an elite athlete, however, and will remain a focal point of the offense as a receiver and, according to Andersen, will line up at running back and quarterback. 

As for the defense, Bolden said it will be bolstered by guys taking more of a leadrship role. He said safety Devin Chappell, corner Treston Decoud, linebacker Dwayne Williams and defensive lineman Baker Pritchard are taking it upon themselves to make sure the rest of the defense falls in line with the team's commitment to improve.  

Andersen's been involved in a reclimation project before. He turned around Utah State before going to Wisconsin and then landing at Oregon State.

"Ther's a lot of similarities," he said of what he did at Utah State and what he is trying to accomplish at OSU. He believes he can replicate that success in Corvallis. 

"I love to be involved in a big boy fight," Andersen said. 

OSU certainly has one in front of it. 

Gary Payton II goes undrafted, set to sign with Houston Rockets

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Gary Payton II goes undrafted, set to sign with Houston Rockets

Oregon State point guard Gary Payton II went undrafted during Thursday's NBA Draft, though it appears he quickly found an NBA suitor. 

From Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Payton, 6'3", 175 lbs.,  was originally projected as a 2nd round pick. The two-time defensive player of the year averaged 16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.5 steals in 34.3 minutes last season for the Beavers.

 

KJ Harrison Accepts Team USA Invite

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KJ Harrison Accepts Team USA Invite

 CARY, N.C. – Oregon State sophomore infielder KJ Harrison has accepted an invitation to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer.

In doing so, Harrison joins Michael Conforto as the only Oregon State players to compete for the Collegiate National Team twice. Harrison played in 17 games for the 2015 team, collecting 10 hits, including two doubles, with six runs batted in.

“Having the opportunity to play for Team USA again is truly an honor,” Harrison said. “I am so humbled and blessed to receive and accept the invitation. Being able to play for our country and represent Oregon State is something that is very special. I can’t wait to get it started.”

Harrison was one of three Oregon State players to appear in all 54 games this past season, and the only one to start every contest. He batted .265 with 14 doubles, four triples and 10 home runs, which ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference. He finished with a .525 slugging percentage and a .381 on-base percentage.

Harrison led the Pac-12 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in conference action.

“It’s a well-deserved honor for KJ,” head coach Pat Casey said. “He represented Oregon State University and our country tremendously last summer. Once again, due to his talent and what he did on the field this year, he’s being given this wonderful opportunity.”

Team USA will train in Southern California this summer, with the first game slated for June 28. The team will compete in international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Cuba.

Jonah Nickerson and Kevin Gunderson were the first Beavers to compete for Team USA, doing so in 2005. Darwin Barney followed them in 2006, with Kevin Rhoderick in 2008. Matt Boyd began the string of now six consecutive seasons in 2011, followed by Conforto (2012 and 2013), Dan Child (2012), Andrew Moore (2014), Harrison (2015) and Drew Rasmussen (2015).

Additionally, Brian Barden competed for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics. Carter Bell and Jordan Lennerton have also worn their country’s colors, with both playing for Team Canada.

Fans wishing to track Harrison’s summer with Team USA can find information atUSABaseball.com, or via Twitter at @BeaverBaseball and @USABaseball.

For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/BeaverBaseball, by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball or on Instagram at Instagram.com/BeaverBaseball.

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Caleb Hamilton selected by Minnesota in 23rd Round

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Caleb Hamilton selected by Minnesota in 23rd Round

Oregon State infielder Caleb Hamilton has been selected in the 23rd round, 693rd overall, by the Minnesota Twins in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.

 

The Woodinville, Wash., native has played in 149 games over three seasons in an OSU uniform, starting 124. He’s batting .223 with 12 doubles, five triples, six home runs and 53 runs batted in. He’s also 12-for-17 in stolen base attempts.

He is the fourth Oregon State player selected by Minnesota all-time.

The selection is the second of Hamilton’s career. He was taken in the 38th round of the 2013 draft by Washington.

Five Beavers have been selected in the MLB Draft. In addition to Hamilton, they include Logan Ice (second round – Cleveland), Travis Eckert (seventh round – Kansas City), Trever Morrison (12th round – Milwaukee) and John Pomeroy (13th round – Pittsburgh).

John Pomeroy selected by Pittsburgh in the 13th round

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John Pomeroy selected by Pittsburgh in the 13th round

Oregon State right-handed pitcher John Pomeroy has been selected in the 13th round, 405th overall, by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.

Pomeroy has spent three seasons in an Oregon State uniform, making 23 appearances, all in relief. He’s 2-0 with a 5.29 earned run average in 17 innings. He has 14 strikeouts and opponents are batting just .204 against him.

He is the sixth Oregon State player selected by Pittsburgh all-time.

The selection is the first of Pomeroy’s career.

For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball, by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball or on Instagram at Instagram.com/BeaverBaseball.

Trever Morrison selected by Milwaukee Brewers in 12th round

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Trever Morrison selected by Milwaukee Brewers in 12th round

Oregon State infielder Trever Morrison has been selected in the 12th round, 351st overall, by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.

Morrison has appeared in 155 games over three seasons for the Beavers, starting in 149. He’s batting .271 in 543 career at bats, collecting 18 doubles, 12 triples – good for second in OSU career history - and two home runs with 61 runs batted in.

He is the fifth Oregon State player selected by Milwaukee all-time.

The selection is the second of Morrison’s career. He was taken in the 36th round of the 2013 draft by Boston.

For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball, by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball or on Instagram at Instagram.com/BeaverBaseball.