Beavers Selected No. 25 by The Sporting News

June 4, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. - The Oregon State University football team has been ranked No. 25 in The Sporting News preseason football poll, released June 3. The Beavers are one of five Pacific-10 Conference programs to be included in the rankings.

Forty-six lettermen return from last year's 5-6 club, including 17 starters. Oregon State's quest to return to postseason begins Thurs., Aug. 29 at Reser Stadium against Eastern Kentucky. The 12-game regular season schedule also includes home dates with UNLV, Fresno State, UCLA, California, Arizona, and Oregon.

The four other conference schools in the top-25 include No. 6 Washington State, No. 12 Washington, No. 18 Southern California, and No. 20 Oregon. The Southeastern and Big Ten Conferences also feature five schools in the top-25.

The publication also selected Beaver senior cornerback Dennis Weathersby to its preseason All-America Team. Weathersby was selected to TSN's All-America second team following last season. The three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection shares the OSU record with 44 career pass deflections.

Weathersby and Oregon junior running back Onterio Smith are the only two Conference individuals to be selected to the publication's first team. Defensive end Terrell Suggs of Arizona State, strong safety Troy Polamalu of USC, kick returner Luke Powell of Stanford, and offensive linemen Mike Saffer of UCLA and Derrick Roche of Washington State were second team recipients.

Other Notes from The Sporting News

*Eric Manning, Richard Seigler, and Dennis Weathersby named to its All-Pac-10 First Team.

*Steven Jackson and Calvin Carlyle named to its All-Pac-10 Second Team.

*Dennis Weathersby named the top cornerback in the nation.

*Eric Manning selected the 7th best defensive tackle in the country.

*Richard Seigler named the 10th best middle linebacker in the nation.

*Calvin Carlyle picked the 14th best strong safety.

*Steven Jackson named the 19th best running back in the country.

*Carl Tobey selected the 21st best punter.

*Oregon State's secondary selected the best in the nation.

The Sporting News Preseason Top-25

1. Oklahoma2. Florida State3. Texas4. Miami5. Georgia6. Washington State7. Tennessee8. Florida9. Colorado10. Ohio State11. Nebraska12. Washington13. Louisville14. Marshall15. Michigan16. Penn State17. LSU18. USC19. Auburn20. Oregon21. Virginia Tech22. Purdue23. Michigan State24. North Carolina State25. Oregon State

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