Scouting the Sun Devils with Coach Robinson


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.

Sydney Wiese taken 11th overall in WNBA Draft

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Sydney Wiese taken 11th overall in WNBA Draft

Sydney Wiese is trading in the small town of Corvallis for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The former Beavers star was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 WNBA draft, becoming the highest ever selection for an Oregon State player.

Wiese had quite the career at Oregon State, setting the Pac-12 record for career three pointers made (373), was named to the Pac-12 all-conference team four times, and helped lead the team to its first ever Final Four appearance in 2016. That 2016 team also won the Pac-12 Tournament for the first time in program history.

In her final season at OSU Wiese averaged 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game, and was a finalist for the Naismith Award given to the national player of the year. For her career, Wiese averaged 13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. When it was all said and done Wiese finished her career with 626 assists, a program record, and 1,824 points, good for fifth al-time in OSU history.

Wiese becomes the third former Beaver currently in the WNBA, joining Ruth Hamblin (18th overall pick in 2016 by the Dallas Wings) and Jamie Weisner (17th overall pick in the 2016 by the Connecticut Sun).

In a press release prepared by the Sparks, Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler, and Head Caoch Brian Agler had high praise for Wiese. “Sydney is one of the best point guards in the country,” said Toler. “She is a very good passer, penetrator, and three-point shooter that has shown that she can affect the outcome of a game be either her scoring or passing ability.  She will be a great addition to our team now and for years to come.”

 “We are excited to get Sydney as a part of our team,” said Agler, “We like her ability to play the point guard spot, shoot the three-point spot and distribute to her All-WNBA teammates.” 

The Sparks open up the WNBA regular season on May 13  with a home matchup against the Seattle Storm.

Defense edges the Offense 72-69 in OSU Spring Game

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Defense edges the Offense 72-69 in OSU Spring Game

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Spectacular touchdown plays started and concluded the Oregon State football team’s Spring Game on Saturday before an appreciative crowd on a sunny day at Reser Stadium.

Junior tailback Ryan Nall kicked off the 100-play workout by gunning a 60-yard scoring pass to senior Hunter Jarmon on a brilliantly executed option play. Redshirt sophomore tight end Tuli Wily-Matugi closed it with a diving catch of a 2-yard pass from senior Darell Garretson in the back of the end zone for the final score.

The Defense edged the Offense 72-69, using a modified scoring system that rewarded touchdowns, 20-yard gains, interceptions, defensive stops and various other categories.

“I asked the guys to compete at a high level like it was an aggressive spring practice, and they did,” OSU coach Gary Andersen said. “They handled the thud part of it very well, in fact so well we went longer than we were going to.

“These kids practice a lot against each other and it is very worthwhile film to be provided with. I think they will go back and study the tape.”

Garretson and redshirt juniors Marcus McMaryion and Jake Luton shared the bulk of the quarterbacking duties and each had outstanding moments.

  • Garretson complemented his closing TD pass to Wily-Matugi with a 13-yard TD strike to redshirt freshman wideout Connor Laverty. He was 8 of 11 for 66 yards.
  • McMaryion hooked up with Jarmon on a 68-yard scoring strike. He was 9 of 14 for 126 yards.
  • Luton hit senior wide receiver Jordan Villamin with a 6-yard scoring pass. He was 13 of 21 for 118 yards.

“It is awesome to have quarterbacks who can manage the game,” Andersen said. “I truly believe we have three quarterbacks who can manage a football game in the Pac-12.”

In addition to throwing for a score, Nall added a 37-yard touchdown run and gained 72 yards on seven carries. Sophomore Artavis Pierce gained 28 yards on seven carries.

Jarmon had five receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Hodgins had four catches for 69 yards as they combined for 224 of the offense’s 399 total passing yards.

Other big plays were:

  • A 39-yard gain on a fly sweep by senior wide receiver Xavier Hawkins.
  • A 37-yard reception by freshman receiver Isaiah Hodgins on a crossing pattern from Luton.
  • A 21-yard catch by redshirt junior tight end Quinn Smith on a pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Mason Moran.

Redshirt freshman cornerback Jaydon Grant and senior linebacker Wesley Payne had interceptions for the defense. Grant also had two picks in a March 11 scrimmage

The Beavers open the 2017 season at Colorado State on Aug. 26; their home opener is Sept. 2against Portland State. Other home games are Minnesota (Sept. 9); Washington (Sept. 30); Colorado (Oct. 14); Stanford (Oct. 26), and Arizona State (Nov. 18.)

OSU closed the 2016 season with impressive home victories over Arizona and over Oregon in the 120th Civil War. Season tickets for a team that returns 55 lettermen are available at

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Hunter Jarmon 60-yard pass from Ryan Nall

Jordan Villamin 6-yard pass from Jake Luton

Ryan Nall 37-yard run

Hunter Jarmon 68-yard pass from Marcus McMaryion

Tuli Wily-Matagi 2-yard pass from Marcus McMaryion

Connor Laverty 13-yard pass from Darell Garretson



Ryan Nall 7-72-1; Artavis Pierce 7-28-0; Tanner Walker 1-5-0; Kieran Yancy 10-13-0; Jordan Pace 2-3-0; Jaylynn Bailey 2-12-0; Jake Luton 1-6-0; Marcus McMaryion 3-27-0; Conor Blount 1-1-0; Xavier Hawkins 1-39-0

PASSING (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)

Ryan Nall 1-1-0-60-1; Jake Luton 21-13-2-118-1; Marcus McMaryion 14-9-0-126-2; Darell Garretson 11-8-0-66-1; Conor Blount 1-1-0-8-0; Mason Moran 3-1-0-21-0


Artavis Pierce 4-10-0; Ryan Nall 2-6-0; Tuli Wily-Matagi 1-2-1; Quinn Smith 1-21-0; Kieran Yancy 3-21-0; Isaiah Hodgins 4-69-0; Hunter Jarmon 5-155-2; Trevon Bradford 3-26-0; Jordan Villamin 1-6-1; Koby Tripp 1-6-0; Noah Togiai 3-22-0; Xavier Hawkins 2-22-0; Andre Bodden 1-15-0; Connor Laverty 2-18-1


Jaydon Grant, Wesley Payne

Beavers add pair of tight ends to fall roster


Beavers add pair of tight ends to fall roster

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State head football coach Gary Andersen announced Wednesday a pair of in-state additions to the 2017 recruiting class. Tight ends Bryce Bramscher of Medford and Jack Holum of Lake Oswego will join the program when the team reports this summer.

“Recruiting young men from Oregon will always be a priority for us and we are excited to have Bryce and Jack join Beaver Nation,” Andersen said.

Bramscher (video) was St. Mary’s High School’s team’s MVP last season after compiling 19 touchdowns and over 1,200 yards receiving. He was a three-year letterman during his career at tight end, wide receiver, strong safety and outside linebacker. The two-time team captain earned first team all-state and he played in the East-West Shrine Game last season.  The 6-4, 210-pound Bramscher is also a standout in basketball helping the team to the state title a year ago.

“I’m looking forward to the college experience at OSU and playing football for an outstanding coaching staff,” Bramscher said.

Holum (video) was a three-year starter at Lakeridge High School. As a senior in 2016, the 6-6, 240-pound team captain earned Three Rivers League honors at tight end and defensive end. He also earned all-league honors on the offensive line as a junior.  The Honor Roll student has earned three varsity letters in basketball as a forward/center and in lacrosse as a defender.

“Oregon State University is a great school with an amazing coaching staff,” Holum said. 

The Beavers’ annual Spring Game (details) is Saturday at 1 p.m. and will air live on Pac-12 Oregon and online.   Admission is free with the day beginning with the popular Surplus Sale at 9 a.m. in the Merritt Truax Indoor Center.

Oregon State leaves Las Vegas betting on a bright future

Oregon State leaves Las Vegas betting on a bright future

LAS VEGAS - No. 12-seed Oregon State had no business hanging close with No. 5-seed California in the first-round of the Pac-12 Tournament Wednesday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena.

But there the Beavers were trailing by just two points with a minute remaining and the ball in hand with a chance to steal a season-making win at their fingertips. 

Instead of seizing the moment, however, OSU freshman guard Kendal Manuel's three-pointer on a fast break resulted in an air ball that led to a Cal fast break the other way. Golden Bears senior guard Jabari Bird threw down a dunk and was fouled to give Cal a 62-57 lead following the made free throw with 54 seconds remaining. The Beavers were cooked and so to was their disastrous season. 

An emotional Wayne Tinkle responded after the game not by lamenting the loss but instead by praising his team for how it played today and how it responded all season to a series of adversities. OSU was hit hard by injuries and player departures, forced and unforced, that depleted the roster and led to a 5-27 season just a year after going 19-13 and reaching the NCAA Tournament. 

"Absolutely love each and every one of them," Tinkle said. "We went through quite a storm this year with a lot of curve balls thrown at us. They brought it every day. Great attitude. Great effort. Great energy. I'm supper proud for them for hanging in there."

As fate would have it, OSU had another player go down on Wednesday when forward Drew Eubanks injured his knee after scoring six points with four rebounds in 22 minutes. 

"We're playing our tails off and right there we lose one of our leaders," Tinkle said.

That was the story of the season. Players dropping like flies and the rest of the group trying to keep the ship afloat. Tinkle said that one of the key elements that held the team together was the support of the fans. 

"The majority of them stayed behind us," he said. "This is just an incredible group that's going to grow leaps and bounds with all we've faced."

The Beavers are a young team led primarily by sophomores and freshmen. Their best player, Tres Tinkle, the coach's son, played just the teams first six games before a foot injury did him in.

"We had some crap not go our way and you learn how to deal with it, be a better person because of and move on," Tinkle said. 

Tres Tinkle will be back, along with Eubanks, a sophomore, and freshman guard Kendal Manuel and sophomore guard Stephen Thompson Jr.   Forward Gligorije Rakocevic is also a sophomore. 

The realities of being so young and so banged up gave Manuel and Thompson reason to be optimistic about the team's immediate future.

"We've had a lot thrown at us this year. The main thing we can take from this year is that we kept battling," Thompson said. 

Said Manuel: "This is just going to help us go into the offseason and have that mindset that we don't want to ever have something like this happen again."

Oregon State will get healthy. It will get bigger, stronger, faster and more skilled.  Mostly, the Beavers will have the sting of a 5-27 season to learn from. The future, they believe, is bright. 

"Hopefully," Thompson said, "we got it all out of the way and come back next year and if everyone stays healthy, I think we can be a special team." 

Oregon State falls short of an upset, loses 67-62 to Cal at Pac-12 Tournament

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Oregon State falls short of an upset, loses 67-62 to Cal at Pac-12 Tournament

California 67, Oregon State 62

How Oregon State lost: The No. 12-seeded Oregon State Beavers (5-27) hung tough with No. 5-seed California (20-11) today during the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., before the Golden Bears pulled away late to win 67-62. 

OSU shot just 40.4 percent from the field but its defense made life difficult for Cal, holding it to 39.7 percent shooting. The Golden Bears made just 8 of 23 three-point attempts and committed 13 turnovers. 

The killer for OSU was making just 14 of 24 from the free throw line. 

Senior guard Jabari Bird led Cal with 20 points. 

What it means: The Beavers ended a disastrous season that raises questions about the future of the program. However, OSU will return plenty of young talent to present a reasonable chance at making a quick turnaround. 

Key sequence: The Beavers trailed just 41-39 with about 10 minutes remaining in the second half when Cal's Charlie Moore hit a three-point basket only to be followed up with a three from Bird following a missed jumper from OSU sophomore guard Stephen Thompson Jr.  The sequence gave Cal a 47-41 lead with 10:31 remaining.  

OSU hung though, however, and with about a minute remaining trailed just 59-57. The Beavers had a chance to take the lead on a fast break following a defensive stop, however a three-point attempt from freshman guard Kendal Manuel resulted in an air ball and a fast break the other way. Bird ended the break with a dunk and was fouled by Manuel. Bird made the free throw to give the Golden Bears a 62-57 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the game. 

Top Beavers: Thompson led the Beavers with 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Sophomore forward Gligorije Rakocevic had 10 points and nine rebounds. 

Up next: Oregon State will lick its wounds and figure out a way to rebound next season. 

A detailed look at the Beavers 2017 recruiting class

A detailed look at the Beavers 2017 recruiting class


Player | Pos. | HT, WT | Hometown | JC/JC Coach / High School/HS Coach)

Clay Cordasco | OL | 6-6, 330 | Cornish, Maine | Los Angeles Valley JC/Robert Tucker/ Kennett HS/Mike Holderman

Craig Evans | DT | 6-3, 330 | Sun Prairie, Wis. | Arizona Western CC/Tom Minnick / Sun Prairie HS/Brian Kaminski

Jake Luton | QB | 6-6, 230 | Marysville, Wash. | Ventura College/Steve Mooshagian / Marysville-Pilchuck HS/Rudy Grandbois

Justin Sattelmaier | OL | 6-7, 310 | Temecula, Calif. | Palomar CC/Joe Early/ Temecula Valley HS/Rick Mey

Aaron Short | WR | 6-0, 200 | Fairfield, Calif | Sierra College/Ben Noonan /Rodriguez HS/Berwyn Hutcherson



Player | Pos. | HT, WT | Hometown | High School HS Coach

Kesi Ah-Hoy | ILB | 6-0, 215 | Kahuku, Hawai’i | Kahuku HS/Vavae Tata

Quantino “Tino” Allen | WR | 5-11, 200 | Belle Glade, Fla. | Glades Central HS/Rick Casko

Benjamin “BJ” Baylor | RB | 6-0, 190 | Wharton, Texas | Wharton HS/Tim Finn

Josh Bowcut | OL | 6-6, 290 | Sherwood, Ore. | Sherwood HS/Greg Lawrence

Jaelen Bush | DE | 6-6, 225 | Lacey, Wash. | Timberline HS/Mike Spears

Onesimus Clarke | OG | 6-4, 325 | Waianae, Hawai’i | Waianae HS/Walter Young

TraJon Cotton | S | 6-1, 185 | Sacramento, Calif. | Inderkum HS/Terry Stark

Isaiah Dunn | CB | 6-0, 175 | Antioch, Calif. | Antioch HS/John Lucido

Arex “Champ” Flemings |WR |5-6, 150 |Altadena, Calif. | Cathedral HS/Kevin Pearson

Justin Gardner |CB | 6-1, 170 | Charlotte, N.C. | Shiloh HS (Ga.)/Ryan Andrews

Kaleb Hayes | CB | 6-0, 175 | San Bernardino, Calif | San Gorgonio HS/Ron Gueringer

Isaiah Hodgins | WR | 6-4, 210 | Oakley, Calif. | Berean Christian HS/James Hodgins

Travis Mackay | OT | 6-6, 270 | Portland, Ore. | Central Catholic HS/Steve Pyne

Jeffrey Manning, Jr. | S | 6-1, 195 | Lakewood, Calif. | Cathedral HS/Kevin Pearson

David Morris | S | 6-3, 200 | Sherwood, Ore. | Sherwood HS/Greg Lawrence

Kolby Taylor | WR | 5-11, 195 | Chandler, Ariz. | Chandler HS/Shaun Aguano

Calvin Tyler | RB | 5-9, 190 | Beaumont, Texas | Silsbee HS/Randy Smith

Charles “Moku” Watson | S |6-2, 180 | Wahiawa, Hawai’i | Leilehua HS/Nolan Tokudo

Brock Wellsfry | OG | 6-6, 285 | Pasco, Wash. | Hanford HS/Brett Jay

Aidan Willard | QB |6-2, 185 | Napa, Calif. | Justin-Siena HS/Brandon LaRocco




Clay Cordasco, OL, 6-6, 330, Cornish, Maine, Los Angeles Valley JC/Kennett HS) -- @clay_cordasco

Started both years in junior college at either right or left tackle … will have two years to play two seasons … second team all-conference selection last year … four-year varsity football player, his senior year at Kennett High School in Maine and the previous three years at Sacopee High School in New Hampshire … invited to play in the east-west New Hampshire all-star bowl following his senior season … honorable mention all-state as a senior … two years of playing eligibility remaining after redshirting as a true freshman … also attended Pierce Community College, where he played in 2015 … Cordasco on his strengths, courtesy of Recruiting News Guru -- “One of my strengths at offensive tackle is my good hand speed. My other strengths are my pass protection and foot speed. I am agile for a big guy. I played offensive tackle all the way through high school. I switched to left tackle at Pierce and I stuck there. That was my first time playing left tackle” … contemplating a career in criminal justice … involved in community service.


Craig Evans, DT, 6-3, 330, Sun Prairie, Wis. & Jackson, Miss. (Arizona Western CC/Michigan State/Sun Prairie HS)

Four-star junior college defensive tackle by Rivals … ranked in Scout’s JuCo Top 100 … registered 58 tackles, including 18.5 tackles-for-loss, and 5.5 sacks in his lone season at Arizona Western … originally signed with Michigan State as a four-star defensive tackle out of high school spending two seasons with the Spartans … played in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman at MSU in 2015 recording 21 tackles, including 3.5 tackles-for-loss, and one sack … named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by and … played three games as a true freshman before missing the remainder of the season due to injury and using his redshirt year … selected to the USA Football roster for the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team against Team Canada in the International Bowl series … participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando … ranked as one of the nation’s top players by several recruiting services out of Sun Prairie HS … named the top recruit in the state of Wisconsin by Rivals and on the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest list … named to PrepStar’s All-Midwest Team … four-year starter at Sun Prairie for coach Brian Kaminski … two-time first-team all-state selection by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association … registered 71 tackles including 15 tackles-for-loss with six sacks as a senior … will have two seasons to play two when he arrives in Corvallis.


Jake Luton, QB, 6-6, 230, Marysville, Wash. (Ventura College/Idaho/Marysville-Pilchuck HS) --@JakeLuton7

Considered a consensus three-star junior college quarterback … named as a Junior College All-American … ranked among the ESPN top JC 50 recruits … ranked in Scout’s JuCo Top 100 … set Ventura College school-records – both season and career – with 3,551 passing yards and passing touchdowns with 40 scores in 2016 … in addition, he rushed for 175 yards and six touchdowns … led Ventura to the playoffs in his only season … originally signed with Idaho playing in four games as a redshirt freshman in 2015 … completed 49-78 passes for 383 yards and one touchdown for the Vandals and also ran for five TDs … displayed passing and running ability at MPHS, a school with a history of rushing the ball … led Marysville-Pilchuck to the Wesco 3A league championship as a senior … completed 7-9 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game becoming the school’s top passer ever … threw for over 1,300 yards and picked up 450 yards on the ground as a junior … will have two seasons to play two … Luton on choosing Oregon State, “Oregon State overall fits me well as a player, person and student. It really resonates with me that Coach Andersen and his staff are straight shooters. I feel as though they’ve been open and honest with me throughout this process and from speaking with players and people around the program he’s a genuine guy who truly cares about his players.”


Justin Sattelmaier, OL, 6-7, 310, Temecula, Calif. (Palomar CC/Western Oregon/Temecula Valley HS) -- @jsattelmaier

Justin is ranked in Scout’s JuCo Top 100 … unanimous first team all-conference as the left tackle at Palomar in 2016 … earned two letters in football and three in wrestling at Temecula Valley HS … originally went to Western Oregon University to play football, using his redshirt season in 2015, before transferring to Palomar College where he played in 2016 under coach Joe Early … will have three years to play three seasons … was an Honor Roll student at Temecula Valley … earned all-state academic team honors in wrestling and was the Southwestern League champion in the heavyweight division under head wrestling coach Arnold Alpert … two-time CIF heavyweight champion … Sattelmaier on why he chose Oregon State – “I chose Oregon State because I really like the coaching staff and their philosophy. I believe that they are taking the program in the right direction and that’s something I want to be a part of” … Sattelmaier on what stood out during the recruiting process with OSU – “The thing that stood out most is how much they cared for their players and focused on so much more than just football. It was about football obviously and turning it around but they focus so much on grades and after football making sure the players are young men with jobs that contribute to society. That stood out to me as these coaches were different and someone who I wanted to play for and develop with.”


Aaron Short, WR, 6-1, 200, Fairfield, Calif. (Sierra College/Rodriguez HS) -- @Kingshort15

Played at Sierra College last year after attending College of San Mateo for two years – played his sophomore year … will have two years to play two seasons … scored seven touchdowns last season, the second-highest total in the NorCal Division … played a shortened season last year due to an injury … played on the varsity team two years at Rodriguez HS, earning team MVP as a senior and the offensive player of the year as a junior … first team all-league as a senior and second team as a junior … selected to play in a postseason all-star game, but had already began his collegiate career … sprinter in his high school two years, where he was all-league in the 100, 200 and 400 meters … his cousin Anthony Hines plays at Missouri … Sierra head coach Ben Noonan on Short – “Aaron came to Sierra College as a student-athlete on a mission! It has been exciting to watch his maturation process in regards to his academic approach, specifically the way he recently began to compete in the classroom as he does in between the white lines. As for Aaron’s football talents, the sky is the limit and we (Sierra College staff) could not be prouder of his recent achievements and look forward to watching him continue his success on the Saturday gridiron at Oregon State’ … Aaron chose OSU because of the “football program and opportunity to receive a great education.”




Kesi Ah-Hoy, ILB, 6-0, 215, Kahuku, Hawai’i (Kahuku HS) -- @kesiahhoy

Kesi is rated the No. 1 running back in Hawai’i and No. 14 in the West per Scout … No. 12 running back in the nation per 247Sports … in addition to running back, Ah-Hoy played in the “wildcat” formation on offense and safety on defense … Kahuku won the 2015 state title in a game where he rushed for 103 yards on 30 carries and scored four touchdowns … November 2015 Hawai’i Quarterback Club SportsPerson of the Month … 2015 Oahu Interscholastic Offensive Player of the Year … also plays basketball, rugby and track and field at Kahuku … played in the inaugural Polynesian Bowl last month … 2016 and ‘15 First Team All-State … team captain as a senior … his older sister Camilla Ah-Hoy was a standout volleyball student-athlete at OSU (2006-09) … contemplating pharmacy for a major.


Quantino “Tino” Allen, WR, 5-11, 200, Belle Glade, Fla., (Glades Central HS) -- @Tinoo17_17

Rated the No. 22 prospect in the state from Florida … one of the fastest players in the country … highly recruited … played multiple positions at Glades Central including receiver, kick returner, running back, strong safety, free safety, defensive end, cornerback and linebacker … three-year varsity starter … Palm Beach Post First Team All-District last season and Second Team as a junior … averaged 44.3 yards per kickoff return as a senior to go with 499 receiving yards and six touchdowns – also rushed for 213 yards and two scores … led Glades Central to the 4A playoffs last year …the Palm Beach Post rated him No. 19 on its “Big Board” heading into his senior season … also plays basketball and competes in track and field … Honor Roll student … aspires to have a professional career in sports management.


Benjamin “BJ” Baylor, RB, 6-0, 190, Wharton, Texas (Wharton HS)

BJ rushed for 1,997 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior, and added another four scores receiving … led Wharton to the Class 4A playoffs … Victoria (Texas) Advocate All-Area Team member … offensive MVP of District 15-4A … two-time District 15-4A all-league … running back MVP at the Next Level Houston Showcase last week … four-year starter, sharing running back duties until his senior year … rushed for 1,997 yards and 28 touchdowns  last season  … also played linebacker, safety and was a kick returner during his prep career … Greg Powers of Scout on his performance at the Showcase – “The Wharton (Texas) High speedster secures the award after showing tremendous footwork and short area quickness. He was also great going up against the linebackers” … sprinter on the track and field team … his cousin is former OSU standout Pac-12 Men’s Soccer Player of the Year Khiry Shelton … BJ’s mother Linda is a cousin to former OSU standouts James and Jacquizz Rodgers … member of Wharton High School’s Student Council … Wharton head coach Tim Finn on Baylor – “You could not ask to coach a better kid; no one associated with BJ would say a bad word about him. He’s a hard worker who was under-recruited due to the depth at running back we had up until his senior year. He’s very good at catching passes out of the backfield and he was outstanding in the big games we played during his career. I’m thrilled for him and I know he is very excited about his opportunity.”


Josh Bowcut, OL/DL, 6-6, 290, Sherwood, Ore., (Sherwood HS) -- @JoshBowcut

Three Rivers League First Team as a senior and Second Team as a junior … all-state second team offensive and defensive lineman … Josh accounted for 68 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a defensive lineman in his two varsity years … originally from Washington, moving to Sherwood prior to his junior year … Bowcut on his decision to attend OSU, courtesy of OregonLive -- "I decided to commit because I felt like it was a great fit for me. Whenever I go to Corvallis it feels like it's where I'm supposed to be. I like all the coaches there and believe they are building something special. When I told David (Morris), he was telling me to commit. I was also just asking about what he thought about the program? His commitment there had a little bit to do with my decision, but not too much, it was just about how I felt. I'm definitely excited to play with him on the next level, though” … Sherwood head coach Greg Lawrence on Bowcut – “Josh came to Sherwood as a sophomore and what a great addition he was to our program.  He has grown into a very good football player.  His determination and skillset helped our football program reach the success we did.  Josh will be a great addition to the Beaver program and help them reach the next level” … standout in track and field in the discus, shot put and javelin … anticipates taking a two-year LDS Mission before enrolling at OSU.


Jaelen Bush, DE, 6-6, 225, Lacey, Wash. (Timberline HS)

Olympian First Team All-Region … Courtesy of The Olympian – “Jaelen is a long player — long arms, long legs, towering presence. Quick and smart off the line”blocked eight passes this season (18 in his career with the Blazers) as a defensive end ... 3A South Sound Conference first-team selection and also led the league in tackles for losses (15), and added seven sacks … Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Second Team … Timberline HS head coach Mike Spears on Bush – “Jaelen is an awesome young man and a great student. He was our team captain this past season and showed great leadership. He was a pleasure to coach and get to know. He is very mature and a student of the game -- he’s the type player every coach loves to coach” … currently playing basketball where he has appeared in 69 career games … also plays soccer, earning all-area honors … standout in the classroom with a near 4.00 cumulative GPA and is closing in on an AA degree at South Puget Sound Community College while at Timberline … President’s and Vice President’s academic list at South Puget Sound CC … contemplating majoring in civil engineering with the aspirations of working for a city or state government agency … highly involved in community service, including Special Olympics … recipient of the Timberline HS George Stegie Award for leadership and excellence … Bush on his decision to attend OSU – “I love the location, the campus and the people of the Corvallis community are very welcoming.  The engineering program at OSU is exceptional and provides a great opportunity that was not available at other schools.”


Onesimus Clarke, OG, 6-4, 325, Waianae, Hawai’i (Waianae HS) -- @OAPLC

Pronounced Oh-nis-a-muss… highly recruited … rated the No. 1 offensive tackle in Hawai’i and No. 21 in the West … among the top 15 recruits in the state per 247Sports … two-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines … Polynesian Bowl participant … attended the All-Poly Camp last summer … Honolulu Star Advertiser and USA Today First Team All-State … also plays volleyball as an outside hitter … contemplating majoring in kinesiology with his sights set on a sports medicine career … standout academically with multiple Honor Roll achievements and Principal’s List academic membership … his sister, Shekinah, attends Oklahoma City University and plays volleyball … Onesimus on his connection to OSU, courtesy of Scout -- "I had to remember that Oregon State has been there for me from the start. It was just the amount of family atmosphere that really caught my attention and grabbed my heart. I was inspired to go there because the coaches are connected to the Polynesian culture. I looked at Oregon State as another home. Coach Andersen came through and told me how much Oregon State means to him. It has affected his life as well in a good way and that's something I want to be a part of” … Waianae HS head coach Walter Young on Clarke – “Onesimus is a great kid, very coachable, and willing to do what’s needed to be done. His attitude is great; he’s very respectful. He has a lot of talent and skill, and wants to be pushed to his full potential.”


TraJon Cotton, S, 6-1, 185, Sacramento, Calif. (Inderkum HS) -- @Darkskinkingg

Rated the No. 3 safety in California, No. 7 in the West and No. 46 nationally by Scout … First Team All-Metro as a junior and senior … two-time MaxPreps honoree … four-time all-league … MVP of the league as a senior … played quarterback and safety … 2,834 career passing yards with 29 touchdowns; 734 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns … 155 career tackles with 10 interceptions … contemplating majoring in business … Honor Roll student … chose OSU because “the coaches took me in with open arms. I think I made the best decision of my life.  The whole atmosphere around the staff and the players stood out. Coach 'A' really cares about the players a lot. It is way more than just football. He doesn't talk about football as much as he does about developing me into a man” … also a sprinter and high jumper in track and field … Battle Prep West on Trajon’s skills – “Playmaker, plays with big time excitement, premium speed, will run away from you; good DB with nice ball skills; nice size and athleticism.”


Isaiah Dunn, CB, 6-0, 175, Antioch, Calif. (Antioch HS) -- @isaiahdunnnnn

Highly recruited … rated among the top 100 cornerbacks in the country and in the top 25 at the position in the West … 18.9 yards per reception for his career as a wide receiver … eight total touchdowns during his senior year, seven as a receiver … a standout kick returner … also played quarterback during his prep career … had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last season in a nationally broadcast prep game vs. De La Salle … San Francisco Chronicle reports just three passes completed against him all of last season and he was selected to the Chronicle’s Second Team All-Metro Team … San Jose Mercury News Second Team … contemplating majoring in psychology … sprinter on the track and field team … chose OSU because “The Beyond Football Program caught my eye and the relationship I have developed with the coaching staff and current players” … Antioch head coach John Lucido on Dunn – “Isaiah is a very competitive player. He is the best man cover corner I have ever coached. He has a high ceiling and is very physical. He has state caliber track speed.  Isaiah will be a great player for Oregon State.”


Arex “Champ” Flemings, WR, 5-6, 150, Altadena, Calif. (Cathedral HS) -- @deucethedon

Pronounced Air-ix … No. 20 wide receiver prospect in California per Scout … 1,936 career receiving yards on 155 receptions with 24 touchdowns … also a kickoff returner …MaxPreps Player of the Game in a November victory over Rancho Verde where he had a Cathedral record 15 receptions – held the record with 14 in the season before … two-time Angelus League First Team honoree … helped Cathedral to the league title and an 11-1 overall record … earned multiple academic Honor Roll mentions at Cathedral … from 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong from last spring’s Pylon 7-on-7 Tournament in Las Vegas that drew some of the nation’s elite players - "Pound for pound, the best player on the field may have been Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral's Arex Flemings. He was very explosive allowing him to separate on every play. He's a big play waiting to happen in space” … Flemings on his style of play -- "I bring electricity. Every time I line up, there's a play waiting to happen. Every time the ball is snapped, I'm going to make a difference - blocking, running a route to hold the safety for someone else to score or make a play myself. There's a mentality I bring to the table that not a lot of people bring, because of my size difference. Being this small, you have to play with a certain edge, confidence and swagger that makes you pretty much mentally untouchable."


Justin Gardner, CB, 6-1, 170, Charlotte, NC., Shiloh HS, Ga.) -- @Justin_G23

Justin earned Atlanta Journal Constitution Honorable Mention All-Region selection after his senior season … honorable mention all-county … Justin on his decision to commit to OSU – “It felt like home when I visited. The coaching staff feels like family and I know they are going to push me to my ability.” … Shiloh High School head coach Ryan Andrews on Gardner – “Justin is an absolute great kid and has tremendous upside. Most do not know that he is only 17 years old and will not be 18 until October. Oregon State got an absolute steal. I am very excited to see his continued growth and development” … contemplating majoring in engineering.


Kaleb Hayes, CB, 6-0, 165, San Bernardino, Calif. (San Gorgonio HS)

Rated No. 12 in the “athlete” category in California per Scout … played wide receiver, running back and quarterback … accounted for 3,139 passing yards with 30 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons combined, and 2,610 rushing yards with 34 touchdowns – 5,749 total yards ... selected to play in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic … led San Gorgonio to its first state title last season where he had 135 yards passing and 131 yards rushing in the championship … 2015 San Andreas  League Offensive MVP … contemplating majoring in business or economics … San Gorgonio head coach Ron Gueringer on Kaleb, courtesy of Rivals – “Kaleb is an outstanding athlete and was the offensive MVP of the San Andreas League last year" … Coach Gueringer told BeaverBlitz -- "He's fast too, this past spring on the track he clocked a 10.5 in the 1oo, 21.5 in the 200, and a 48 flat in the 400. He's 6-1 and has long arms and legs and great speed, which is his main asset. He's also a tremendous kid. He has a 3.4 GPA and is easy going and unassuming." 


Isaiah Hodgins, WR, 6-4, 210, Oakley, Calif. (Berean Christian HS) -- @IsaiahHodgins

Consensus four-star recruit at wide receiver … ranked as top five receiver in the west by Scout ... considered a top 25 receiver recruit in the nation by multiple recruiting services … Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … recorded 94 receptions for 1,521 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior for the Eagles … registered 94 catches for 1,483 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2015, and added four punt return touchdowns as a junior … named Cal-Hi Sports second team all-state following his junior season … 76 receptions for 1,069 yards and 17 scores in 2014 … Isaiah’s father, James, played under current OSU receivers coach and then-San Jose State head coach Dave Baldwin … James was also Isaiah’s prep coach … Hodgins on his choice of Oregon State – “I love the family atmosphere and bond at Oregon State. It’s what stood out to me most. I love the coaches and got along with the players well. I feel like I can help them as they rise to the top of the Pac-12. I love the area and I’m comfortable at Oregon State.”


Travis Mackay, OT, 6-6, 270, Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic HS) -- @travis125792

Rated the No. 10 prospect in Oregon, per 247Sports … No. 17 on Scout’s list for offensive tackles in the West … No. 2 ranked lineman in the state per MaxPreps … interest from a number of programs … First Team All-State as a senior … Mt. Hood Conference First Team as a senior and honorable mention as a junior … played with current Beaver lineman Blake Brandel … Central Catholic head coach Steve Pyne on Mackay -- “Travis has a tremendous work ethic and is a high character young man.  On the field, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and knows how to finish plays.”


Jeffrey Manning, Jr., S, 6-1, 195, Lakewood, Calif. (Cathedral HS) – @jmanningjr150

Rated the No. 92 prospect in the state of California by 247Sports … No. 12 cornerback in the state of California and No. 57 overall in the country per Scout … highly recruited … transferred to Cathedral from Bellflower HS prior to his senior year … invited to play in the Army All-American Bowl … participated in several Nike Open Regional events … from Scout’s Greg Biggins on Manning Jr., -- “His size/athleticism combination should allow him to compete for playing time right away and he's not close to reaching his ceiling. He comes from one of the top programs in the SoCal area and the Beavs were able to beat out several other Pac-12 competitors for his services. Manning is a great kid off the field, works very hard and will be a model student-athlete in college. He's a kid who really wants to be great and has all the physical tools to play as long as he wants” … Manning on his thoughts of OSU, courtesy of Scout -- "I loved the overall feel of Corvallis. It's a true college town and I had a great comfort level there on my visit. Not only that but the coaches really connected with me and my family, and made us feel very welcome. My whole family loves Coach (Gary) Andersen, we really bonded well when I took my visit.”    


David Morris, S, 6-3, 200, Sherwood, Ore. (Sherwood HS)

Highly recruited by several Power 5 schools … No. 3 prospect in the state per 247Sports and a four-star recruit by Scout … Oregon 6A Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team all-state running back … second team all-state on both sides of the ball as a junior … 2016 and ‘15 USA Today Oregon First Team on defense  ... Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … three-year varsity career accumulating 3,484 all-purpose yards as a running back and returner with 37 touchdowns … 184 career tackles with eight interceptions … Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets “Best of the Rest” … sprinter and javelin thrower on the track and field team … Morris on his selection to OSU prior to last season, courtesy of OregonLive -- "They were the first ones to believe in me, to offer me, and that meant a ton. For me, just getting an opportunity to play at the next level was big. The first school to do that was Oregon State, and that meant a lot to my family. Also, having Coach Andersen come to my football game and actually watch it. That was big for me as well. I feel comfortable there” … Sherwood Head Coach Greg Lawrence -- “It is incredible how David brings an energy to his teammates that changes the momentum of the game.  When he makes a big play his excitement and enthusiasm is contagious.  It has truly been a pleasure and honor to have coached him and watched him play every week. In my 30 years of coaching he is without a doubt the best overall player that I have ever coached.  I am excited to watch him help take the Beavers to the next level.” 


Kolby Taylor, WR, 5-11, 195, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS) @thekolbytaylor

Four-star recruit at wide receiver by … considered a top 10 recruit and the No. 1 wide receiver from the state of Arizona by multiple recruiting services … earned first team all-state as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore … Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … set the Chandler High single season receptions record with 69 catches for 879 yards, and 10 touchdowns as a junior … added six scores on the ground and one via kickoff return … played three seasons of varsity football at Chandler High under head coach Shaun Aguano – missed his senior year due to an injury suffered prior to the season … was a team captain as a senior … has three brothers, all of whom played at Arizona State … Eastbay Football Freshman All-American … Taylor on what drew him to Oregon State – “I chose Oregon State because of the coaching staff’s great character. I like that Coach Andersen is a players’ coach. He lets his players be themselves and doesn’t worry about the little things. He’ll tell you the truth on how things are and doesn’t sugar-coat it. And I really like the opportunities Oregon State offers after I graduate. I’d like to pursue a job with Nike when I’m done with football and there is no better place to go than Oregon State with it being in Nike’s backyard.”


Calvin Tyler, RB, 5-9, 190, Beaumont, Texas (Silsbee HS) @BlessedAthleteC

Highly-recruited among the nation’s elite programs … rated the No. 18 all-purpose back in the country per 247Sports … District 10-4A and District 22-5A MVP … Vype Southeast Texas Player of the Year … four-year letterman and three-year starter … Tyler was named the 2016 Super Gold Offensive Player of the Year after compiling a school-record 2,861 rushing yards, the most in the state of Texas, and 29 touchdowns in his senior year … rushed for a Silsbee HS record 396 yards in a game last season … SuperGold MVP – regional honor … as a junior at Beaumont (Texas) Ozen High School, Tyler rushed for 1,809 yards with 24 touchdowns on 204 carries … also plays basketball and track and field … Christine Michael of the Green Bay Packers is his cousin … contemplating majoring in business … member of the National Honor Society and multiple Silsbee HS Honor Roll member … involved in community service … Tyler on his commitment, courtesy of Scout -- "The coaches passed the first test and I like they are very up front. I know I can trust them, so I was just waiting to make it to Corvallis and when I made it, it felt like I was in my hometown. I enjoyed being with the other players already there. I see the brotherhood and how close they are and they welcomed me with open arms. I'm ready to get back to Corvallis and win the Pac-12 Championship. The players, coaches and I are all on the same page and ready to turn things around at Oregon State and build the canvas for the recruits that come after me and the ones after them."


Charles “Moku” Watson, S, 6-2, 180, Wahiawa, Hawai’i (Leilehua HS) -- @MokuSeul

Played in the inaugural Polynesian Bowl where he announced his commitment to Oregon State … highly recruited by Power 5 programs … rated the No. 13 safety in the West … No. 3 rated overall prospect in the state of Hawai’i per 247Sports … also played wide receiver at Leilehua HS and early in his career was a quarterback … helped Leilehua to the semifinals of the state playoffs last season … First Team All-State as a utility defensive player and Second Team as a junior and sophomore … two-year team captain … Watson on his skillset, courtesy of Hawai’i Prep World – “I’ll bring some edge to the defense. They’re (OSU) looking for some guys on the safety and corner spots. I think I bring a lot of versatility to the defense” … Watson on his decision to attend OSU – “It was a really hard decision. It took me until today to figure out where I wanted to go.  I just woke up this morning and that’s what my heart chose” … Watson on Corvallis/OSU program – “It’s beautiful. When I took my visit, it reminded me of Wahiawa. A lot of trees, real cool temperature. They have great coaches, great facilities. It’s always been my dream to play for a Pac-12 school” … Leilehua head coach Nolan Tokudo on Charles -- "Charles is a blessing to have in your program, he will make everyone around him play better and he will have fun working hard! Charles is a fabulous athlete.” 

Brock Wellsfry, OG, 6-6, 285, Pasco, Wash. (Hanford HS) -- @BWellsfry

Highly recruited lineman … rated No. 9 at his position in the West and No. 36 in the country by Scout … also was a defensive lineman … selected to play for the USA Under-18 Team … Seattle Times First Team All-State and the Times’ Jayda Evans wrote – “Oregon State commit is just as imposing offensively as he is defensively with his size and quick feet” … USA Today Washington Second Team … all-conference on both sides of the ball … also has played hockey that Wellsfry correlates to helping him have good footwork … track and field athlete and is among Washington’s best in the shot put, discus and javelin … played first base for an American Legion team … contemplating majoring in business … Wellsfry on his style of play prior to last season that he credits to his hockey background, per Scout – “It was great for my feet and also giving me that aggressive nature and that's something I take with me into every game I play. I can move well for a guy my size and I feel like my pass protection is probably my best asset. I've been working a lot on getting stronger and getting out on the field with my trainer, and working on my footwork and conditioning” … Brock on his decision to attend OSU – “I love the community, campus and coaches. I’m excited to help take the program to the next level.”

Aidan Willard, QB, 6-2, 185, Napa, Calif. (Justin-Siena HS) -- @waterboywill

Numerous offers coming out of high school … No. 16 rated prospect in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle heading into his senior year … No. 12 rated prospect by NorCalPreps … rated among the top pro style passers in the country … honorable mention all-conference as a senior … All-CIF nominee following last season … Napa Valley Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore after leading Justin-Siena to the section title … threw for over 2,800 yards during his varsity career even though he played just four games his senior season due to injury … 29 career passing touchdowns … also rushed for over 1,800 yards during his career and added 17 scores on the ground … also plays basketball and is a sprinter on the track and field team at Justin-Siena … Aidan on his decision to attend Oregon State, courtesy of OregonLive -- "It's been a dream of mine to play at Oregon State for as long as I can remember. Both of my parents went there and I couldn't pass up the great opportunity. It's a great school and I'm excited about the coaching staff and young, talented roster" … Justin-Siena head coach Brandon LaRocco on Willard – “Aidan is a truly gifted dual-threat quarterback, a great combination of size, speed and strength. He possesses excellent arm strength and has an outstanding ability to move in the pocket, escape the rush, and extend the play.  He is a competitor in every sense of the word.  You can really see it in the way that he plays the game.  One of the things that stood out to me this year is the growth he made as the leader of our team. He set the tone every day in practice by pushing himself and his teammates, he really embraced this role.  We are so proud of the growth Aidan has made during his four years with us and are looking forward to watching his continued growth at Oregon State.”


Beavers announce 2017 football schedule


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

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

Oregon State University

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


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.