Scouting the Sun Devils with Coach Robinson

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Scouting the Sun Devils with Coach Robinson

By Jordan Whitley, College Basketball Insider, @JordanWhitley

Riding the gauntlet of Pac-12 opening play, the Beavers are dusting themselves off after the Civil War and readying themselves to take on the next set of rapids Thursday.

Coach Robinson has been preaching "play two complete halves" all season long. The Beavers have the talent, but sometimes their focus wanes as the game goes on (Ducks 15-2 run coming out of the half is a prime example). That can't happen Thursday. ASU brings big man Jordan "Blockshynski" Bachynski as well as guard Jahii Carson, who's leading a methodical Sun Devils team to success.

Coach Robinson discusses the Beaver game plan, and the challenges ASU will bring to Gill.

Beavers announce 2017 football schedule

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Beavers announce 2017 football schedule

CORVALLIS – Oregon State will open the 2017 football season with a pair of home games for the first time since 2013 when it hosts the Portland State Vikings Sept. 2 followed by Minnesota Golden Gophers Sept. 9, the Pac-12 Conference announced Wednesday.

The six-game home schedule also includes home dates with Washington Sept. 30, Colorado Oct. 14, Stanford Oct. 26 (Thursday) and Arizona State Nov. 18. Road games include trips to Washington State Sept. 16, Colorado State Sept. 23, USC Oct. 7, California Nov. 4, Arizona Nov. 11, and Oregon Nov 24 (Friday). Season tickets for the home schedule are currently available at BeaverTickets.com

In addition OSU officials announced that Homecoming/OSU150 Celebration will be Oct. 14 and Fall Family Weekend, formerly known as Dad’s Weekend, will beNov. 18.

The Beavers, with third-year head coach Gary Andersen at the helm, return 57 lettermen and a roster with a combined 285 starts. The team begins practicing for the ’17 season next month with the annual Spring Game March 18 at Reser Stadium. 

Schedule Notes

·         Seven consecutive games against 2016 bowl participants - Sept. 9 vs. Minnesota thru Oct. 28 vs. Stanford.

·         Two weekday games – Thurs., Oct. 26 vs. Stanford and Fri., Nov. 25 at Oregon.

·         The first Thursday home game since Oct. 16, 2014 vs. Utah.

·         Three of the final four games on the road for the first time since 2009.

·         The Beavers enter the season on a two-game win streak for the first time since a four-game run to conclude 2007.

·         The first time OSU has played a Pac-12 game before concluding its non-conference season since 2013.

·         It’s the first time OSU has played back-to-back home games to open the season since 2013.

·         Three of OSU’s road games will mark Senior Day for the home team.

·         Stanford is the only team that has a bye the week prior to playing OSU; the same week the Beavers have a bye heading into a Thursday game against the Cardinal.

·         OSU, Oregon, USC and Cal are the only teams that have two back-to-back road games twice in successive weeks during the season.

March 18 Spring Game – The earliest spring football practice session in school history concludes with the annual Spring Game at Reser Stadium at 1 p.m.

Sept. 2 vs. Portland State – Fifth meeting between the two programs with OSU winning the previous four games. The game marks the fourth time the two have opened the season (2005, 2009, 2014). The only other meeting was game two of the 1983 season at what was formerly known as Civic Stadium in Portland.

Sept. 9 vs. Minnesota – The final contest of a two-game contract that began last year as the season opener in Minneapolis. UM, which won last year’s game 30-23, makes its first ever appearance in the state of Oregon. The Beavers have played on the Gophers’ field in 1954, ’78, ’81 and 2016. The game is the lone road contest for Minnesota until Oct. 7 at Purdue. The Gophers open the season Thurs., Aug. 31 vs. Buffalo.

Sept. 16 at Washington State – It’s only the third time in the 102-game series that the two programs have met in the month of September; the games of Sept. 16, 1989 and Sept. 17, 1993 were also played in Pullman. RB Ryan Nall had an 89-yard rushing TD last season vs. the Cougars for the third-longest rush in school history; he accounted for three touchdowns rushing with his 131 yards. This will be the third contest of a five-game home stand to start the season for WSU.

Sept. 23 at Colorado State – OSU will be the first FBS team to play at the new Colorado State Stadium. The game will mark only the third meeting and first in Fort Collins. The two programs haven’t played since a CSU 17-8 victory Oct. 11, 1975 at then Parker Stadium. The Rams will be coming off a game the week before at Alabama.

Sept. 30 vs. Washington – The will be the earliest in the season the two teams have played in the 102-game series since Sept. 30, 1978 in Corvallis. QB Marcus McMaryion made his first start of the season last year after former starter Darell Garretson suffered a season-ending injury the previous week vs. Utah. The Beavers also played last year’s game without their leading rusher Ryan Nall. The Huskies play at Colorado the week before to open the Pac-12 slate with two straight road games.

Oct. 7 at USC – The Trojans return to the schedule for the first time since 2014; also will mark the first time OSU has played in Los Angeles in back-to-back seasons (at UCLA last year) since 2009 and ’10. OSU has not won at USC since 1960.

Oct. 14 vs. Colorado – The ninth game in the series, but only the third in Corvallis.  OSU won the first ever meeting in Corvallis during the 2013 season 44-17; CU edged OSU 17-13 in 2015 in a game where Ryan Nall had his first 100-yard plus rushing game (122 yds). The Buffaloes will be in a stretch of three of four Pac-12 games on the road when they travel to Corvallis.

Oct. 26 vs. Stanford – The seven-game win streak by Stanford in the series is the longest by any Pac-12 opponent vs. OSU. The Beaver defense held Stanford to its fewest points during the Cardinal’s six-game win streak to end the ’16 season.

Nov. 4 at California – The game begins a season-ending stretch of three of four on the road. OSU presented Gary Andersen his first Pac-12 win when Darell Garretson scored on a 16-yard QB draw in overtime for a 47-44 victory last year at Reser Stadium. The winning team in this series has scored at least 45 points over the last five games. The contest marks the last home game of the season for Cal.

Nov. 11 at Arizona – The second stretch of back-to-back road games during the season. QB Marcus McMaryion threw a career-high five touchdowns in a 42-17 win over the Wildcats at Reser Stadium last season. OSU has won six of the last seven matchups in Tucson after not winning in the initial 11 meetings at UA. The game is the only home date for the Wildcats in their last four games of the season.

Nov. 18 vs. Arizona State – It’s the first time OSU has played the Arizona schools back-to-back since 2011. It’s also the first time ASU has played at Corvallis since OSU beat then No. 7 ASU (35-27) Nov. 15, 2014 in a game that kicked off with a temperature of 34 degrees (dropped into the mid-20s by the fourth quarter). This is the latest date in the calendar the two teams have ever played. OSU has not played at Sun Devil Stadium since 2013; the longest void away from any Pac-12 stadium. 

Nov. 24 at Oregon – It’s the third consecutive game at Autzen Stadium in the 121-game series that is on a Friday. OSU snapped an eight-game losing streak in the series last season with a 34-24 win. RB Ryan Nall had four touchdowns with 155 yards in the win last year. The Ducks play three of their final four games at home.

Oregon State names Scott Barnes VP and Director of Athletics

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Oregon State names Scott Barnes VP and Director of Athletics

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Scott Barnes, athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh, was named Thursday as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at Oregon State University. He will begin his new duties on February 13, 2017.

Barnes has served as Pitt’s athletics director since spring of 2015. He follows Todd Stansbury, who left Oregon State in late September, to serve as the athletics director of his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

Barnes is recognized as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics, including serving as the chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Committee for 2014-15.

He will be welcomed to OSU on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at a news conference.

Barnes’ appointment was made by Oregon State University President Ed Ray following a national search that Ray said drew “incredibly strong interest from a deep pool of leading university athletic directors and top private sector sports administrators.”

“I chose Scott Barnes because he is the perfect fit for Oregon State University,” Ray said. “He will guide OSU Athletics to compete and win championships the right way – the Oregon State way.

“Scott is a proven leader and a champion with a long track record of success. He will lead the immediate and long-term achievement for all OSU sports programs and contribute greatly to the passion of everyone within Beaver Nation. He understands that at Oregon State University, good is not good enough. OSU and its student-athletes will be champions in all aspects of athletics, as students and in the community.”

“I look forward to working with Scott as we build the next generation of remarkable success within Oregon State Athletics,” Ray said.

“I am very excited to join Beaver Nation and am ready to hit the ground running and build upon the success of OSU Athletics,” Barnes said.  “I guarantee that we will contribute to advancing the mission of this university. We will deliver the highest level of achievement on the playing field and for all student-athletes in the classroom, in the community and in their lives and careers.

“Everything that we will do will be defined by excellence. Success will be measured in wins, championships and by providing the best student-athlete experience possible.”

Prior to joining Pitt, Barnes spent seven years as athletic director at Utah State. Prior to his tenure at Utah State, Barnes spent nearly three years at UW as senior associate athletic director for advancement. In that capacity, he was responsible for all external operations for the Huskies' athletic department, including fund-raising, ticket sales, multimedia rights, marketing and communications. Barnes served as athletic director at Eastern Washington University from 1999 to 2005.

Barnes was recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in 2014 as an NACDA athletic director of the year recipient while at Utah State. At Eastern Washington, he was awarded a regional recognition by NACDA.

Since Stansbury’s departure, Marianne Vydra, deputy athletic director/senior woman administrator, has served as interim vice president and director of OSU intercollegiate athletics.

Oregon State has 18 NCAA sports, more than 535 student-athletes and an athletics department budget of $84 million. Pitt has 19 NCAA sports, more than 475 student athletes, and a $75 million budget.

While at Pitt, Barnes initiated an organizational restructuring and strategic plan to re-energize Pittsburgh athletics.

Barnes led many Pitt athletics achievements, including these highlights:

  • The 2016 Pitt football team completed a consecutive an 8-4 regular-season record and are ranked in the nation’s top 25 and will play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl this month.
  • The Pitt gymnastics team won its first-ever East Atlantic Gymnastics League championship in 2015.
  • The Pitt men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 for the 13th time in the past 15 seasons, becoming one of only eight programs nationally to accomplish that feat.
  • In the classroom, 379 Pitt student-athletes were honored for achieving a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the 2015 spring or fall terms, while 24 earned a perfect 4.0. The Panthers had a record 245 students earn all-league ACC academic honors.

During Barnes’ tenure at Utah State, the Aggies won 20 conference team championships and the football program averaged 10 wins a year, compiled a 30-11 mark, and won a school-record three consecutive bowl games.

A native of Spokane, Wash., Barnes graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1986 and a master’s degree in athletics administration and physical education in 1993. He also played basketball at Fresno State. Barnes played professional basketball in Germany in 1985-86, and was the general manager of the Fresno Flames of the World Basketball League from 1988-89.

Barnes will be joined in Corvallis by his wife, Jody, who also graduated from Fresno State and competed in track as a student-athlete. The Barnes have a daughter, Milanna, 20, a college sophomore; and a son, Issac, 19, a high school senior.

Head football coach Gary Andersen receives contract extension

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Head football coach Gary Andersen receives contract extension

Oregon State University head football coach Gary Andersen has signed a contract extension, university officials announced Tuesday.

Andersen just completed his second year at the helm of the Beavers, and as a result of this extension, is now under contract through the 2021 season.

“We are excited about the direction of our program and the way our young men work to represent Beaver Nation the right way,” Andersen said. “We expect to continue to be much improved off and on the field, and I look forward to successful seasons ahead. Go Beavs!”

The Beavers are coming off a season in which they won their last two games of the year and posted three Pac-12 Conference victories. OSU also defeated rival Oregon for the first time since the 2007 season.

“Extending Coach Anderson’s contract reflects my belief that we have the coach in place who is capable of taking Beaver football to bowls and conference championships, and preparing our student-athletes to be champions in life beyond football,” OSU President Ed Ray said. 

Under Andersen, the Beavers have produced 29 Pac-12 Academic honorees, set a program record for term GPA, and student-athletes Xavier Crawford and Gus Lavaka were recently selected Freshman All-Americans.

The 2017 season will mark Andersen’s ninth as a head coach at the Football Bowl Subdvision (FBS) after highly successful stints at Wisconsin and Utah State.  He has been a part of teams that have played in 11 bowl games. During his tenure as a head coach, student-athletes have earned 149 league academic honors and 14 have been selected in the NFL Draft.

The Beavers return to campus next month for the beginning of winter term and offseason workouts Jan. 9.  The team resumes practices for the upcoming season in February with the annual Spring Game March 18 at Reser Stadium.

Beavers go old school in Civil War to beat the Ducks

Beavers go old school in Civil War to beat the Ducks

There were glory days in Corvallis so long ago, when the "Great Pumpkin," Dee Andros, was coaching Oregon State's football "Giant Killers."

Andros ran what they called a "full-house backfield" -- a throwback to the old basic T-formation, and he handed the ball to his fullback, time after time. Legends like Bill Enyart, Pete Pifer and Dave Schilling carried the ball as often as 50 times in a game as the physical Beavers pounded teams into submission.

But those hard-nosed fullbacks need to move over and make room for one more -- current Beaver Ryan Nall.

Nall, the sophomore out of Central Catholic, battered the Ducks for 155 yards and four touchdowns as the Beavers rushed for 310 yards.

Oregon State Coach Gary Andersen has made toughness a cornerstone of his program and in just his second season at OSU he saw evidence that it's paying off. The Beavers dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Ducks 13-0 to overcome a 10-point deficit.

And on the other side of the field, Oregon, a three-point favorite, saw its eight-game Civil War win streak come to an end on a day when it appeared it had the edge. When the Ducks jumped to a 24-14 lead in the third quarter it seemed they were on the way to a big win.

But they couldn't put the determined Beavers away.

Will that be it for Oregon Coach Mark Helfrich? I wouldn't be surprised, either way. This game exposed Oregon's soft defense and inconsistent offense, problems that have plagued the Ducks all season. With the game on the line, the underdog Beavers manhandled Oregon.

There will be plenty of time to talk about that. Right now, it's only fair to salute the Beavers for claiming a milestone win for Andersen in his effort to turn the program around.

Andros would be so proud.

Gary Andersen is a small town guy preaching, practicing and producing toughness

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Gary Andersen is a small town guy preaching, practicing and producing toughness

The 120th Civil War is upon us! And while this year hasn't shaped out in the way either team had hoped at the beginning of the season, this year's contest in Corvallis is still very intruiging. Gary Andersen, who is completing his second season as captain of the ship at Oregon State, sat down with Dwight Jaynes to discuss his vision for Beaver football and why he likes Corvallis so much. Plus, Dwight sahres his top Civil War memories.  

Beavers turn full attention to the Civil War

Beavers turn full attention to the Civil War

The Beavers played perhaps their best game of the Gary Andersen era last Saturday, dismantling the Arizona Wildcats 42-17. Now, with just one game left on the schedule it's time to see if Andersen and his young Beavers can bring home the one win they have wanted all season long; a win the Civil War. Can the Beavers pull the upset and end what is currently an eight game losing streak to the Oregon Ducks? We will find out on Saturday. Until then, hear what Coach Andersen had to say in his weekly press conference as he gets his team prepared for kickoff. #GoBeavs 

Beavers roll to dominant win in final tune-up before Civil War

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Beavers roll to dominant win in final tune-up before Civil War

Led by former third-string quarterback Marcus McMaryion, the Beavers dominated the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday. McMaryion looked anything but a former a backup to the backup, torching the Wildcats defense for 265 yards passing and a career high five touchdown passes.

McMaryion wasn’t the only Beavers player to have himself a game. Running back Ryan Nall had another stellar game, rushing for 124 yards a score. While Jordan Villamin stepped up and had his best game of the season hauling in six catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

The Beavers set the tone right from the opening whistle, scoring with a big play on the team’s opening drive: a 53-yard touchdown pass to Villamin. The score was Villamin’s first touchdown of the year, and his longest reception of the season as well. Before you could blink the Beavers scored again, ending the first quarter with a 14-0 lead.

Arizona put a few scoring drives together, but it just wasn’t powerful enough to break through the Beavers defense in the long run. Meanwhile, the Beavers just added scoring drive upon scoring drive, en route to a statement win just a week before the Civil War.

Final Score: Oregon State 42 – Arizona 17

Standout Beavers: Marcus McMaryion had by far the best game of his career, and perhaps the best game for an Oregon State quarterback since Sean Mannion was on Campus. McMaryion missed on just three pass attempts, made plays with his feet, and was sacked just one time. Even that one sack felt like a lucky play, as he just barely got tripped up as he stepped into the pocket. All in all, the five-touchdown performance was a sight for sore eyes for Beavers fans, as quarterback play as been so-so this season. With his performance since taking over for the injured Darell Garretson and Conor Blount, one has to wonder where he sits on the depth chart at the start of next season.

Key Sequence: The Beavers came out and jumped to a quick 14-0 lead, scoring on their first two possessions of the game. OSU made a statement that they came to play, and with the way the defense was stuffing the Wildcats early, it was clear that this game was Oregon States to lose. Jump on them early and you don't have to make a comeback late.

Next Up: The Beavers play host to in-state rivals the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, November 26. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM at Reser Stadium.

FINAL STATS:

Beavers:

Passing:

Marcus McMaryion – 16 for 19m 265 yards and five touchdowns

Rushing:

Ryan Nall: 23 attempts, 124 yards and a touchdown

Artavis Pierce: 15 attempts, 71 yards

Receiving:

Jordan Villamin: 6 catches, 124 yards and a touchdown

Timmy Hernandez: 2 catches, 34 yards and a touchdown

Ryan Nall: 2 catches, 15 yards and a touchdown

Wildcats:

Passing:

Anu Solomon  – 6 for 11, 82

Brandon Dawkins – 10 for 17, 106 yards, one touchdown and one interception

Rushing:  

Samajie Grant – 12 attempts, 35 yards and a touchdown

Brandon Dawkins: 15 attempts, 88 yards

Receiving:

Nate Phillips – 6 catches, 58 yards and a touchdown

Trey Griffey – 3 catches, 18 yards

Shun Brown - 2 catches, 57 yards

McMaryion’s three touchdowns put Beavers in control at half

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McMaryion’s three touchdowns put Beavers in control at half

On this night in Corvallis former third string quarterback Marcus McMaryion has looked anything but a backup to the backup. The young quarterback has led the Beavers on three impressive scoring drives, all ending with a touchdown pass from McMaryion.

The Beavers wasted little time out of the gate, scoring with a big play on the team’s opening drive.  After a 15-yard penalty for a chop block backed the Beavers up, McMaryion answered with a 53-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Villamin. The score was Villamin’s first touchdown of the season, and his longest reception of the season as well.

The Beavers were out to the early 7-0 lead, but it didn’t end there. Another big draw saw the Beavers find pay dirt again to extend their lead to 14-0 as the first quarter came to an end.

In the second quarter, Arizona finally started to move the ball, but with a 14 point lead all the momentum was in favor of the Beavers.  Arizona was able to score touchdown early in the quarter, and drill a FG late, but this first half has been all Oregon State.

Halftime Score: Oregon State 21 – Arizona 10

HALFTIME STATS:

Beavers:

Passing:

Marcus McMaryion – 9 for 10, 142 yards and three touchdowns

Rushing:

Ryan Nall: 11 attempts, 82 yards

Artavis Pierce: : 4 attempts, 26 yards

Receiving:

Jordan Villamin: 3 catches, 62 yards and a touchdown

Timmy Hernandez: 2 catches, 34 yards and a touchdown

Ryan Nall: 2 catches, 15 yards and a touchdown

Wildcats:

Passing:

Anu Solomon  – 6 for 11, 82

Brandon Dawkins -  4 for 6, 41 yards and a touchdown

Rushing:  

Samajie Grant – 8 attempts, 26 yards

Brandon Dawkins: 7 attempts, 28 yards

Receiving:

Nate Phillips – 4 catches, 44 yards and a touchdown

Trey Griffey – 3 catches, 18yards

Shun Brown -  2 catches, 57 yards

Oregon State favored to beat Arizona

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Oregon State favored to beat Arizona

The Beavers went down to Southern California with high hopes of an upset, but ended up dropping their fifth straight game with a 38-24 loss to UCLA. Now the Beavers turn their attention to the Arizona Wildcats, losers of seven straight, and winless in the Pac-12. Can the Beavers take advantage and grab a late season win? We will find out on Saturday. Until then, hear what Coach Andersen had to say in his weekly press conference as he gets his team prepared for kickoff.  #GoBeavs