Football Season Kicks Off With Start Of Fall Camp
Aug. 11, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
THEME: Preparation for the 2004 football season begins Wed., Aug. 11 with the first practice. This will be the 108th season of intercollegiate football at Oregon State University; the first official season was 1893.IN HONOR OF JUSTIN: Oregon State will wear a sticker this season on its helmet with the letter 'JW.' The letters are in honor of the late Justin Williams who died in an automobile accident Fri., July 23 near Portland, Ore. Williams was to be a redshirt-freshman cornerback on the team.PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The following is the tentative practice schedule leading up to the season opener Sat., Sept. 4 at Louisiana State University. All practices are open to the public.
Aug. 11 2-5 p.m. Aug. 12-14 1:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 15 2-5 p.m. Aug. 16 8:30-11 a.m. & 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 17 2-5 p.m. (scrimmage) Aug. 18 8:30-11 a.m. & 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 19 2-5 p.m. Aug. 20 8:30-11 a.m. & 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 21 2-5 p.m. (scrimmage/autograph day) Aug. 22 2-5 p.m. Aug. 23 8:30-11 a.m. & 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 24 2-5 p.m. (scrimmage) Aug. 25 8:30-11 a.m. & 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 26 2-5 p.m. Aug. 27 8:30-11 a.m. & 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 28 8:30-11 a.m. Aug. 29 2:30-5 p.m. Aug. 30 2:30-5 p.m. Aug. 31 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 1 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 2-3 TBA
INTERVIEW POLICY: Interviews will typically be conducted following practice. Team meetings prohibit pre-practice availability.ROSE CITY RALLY: The second annual 'Beaver Nation' Rose City Rally will be held Mon., Aug. 23 at the Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. The Rally will feature head coach Mike Riley and most of the team.THE ONE AND ONLY: Oregon State is the only program in the nation to play the two defending 2003 national champions. The Beavers will travel to defending Bowl Championship Series title winners LSU Sat., Sept. 4. The University of Southern California, the `03 Associated Press champion, visits Reser Stadium Sat., Nov. 6.THREE OUT OF FOUR....: Oregon State plays three of the four programs that lost just one game last season -- LSU, USC and Boise State. Ohio is the fourth program with one loss in 2003.IT'S DEBATABLE: Oregon State could embark on its toughest schedule ever in 2004. The first ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll has USC No.1, LSU No. 3, California No. 15 and Oregon No. 25. Oregon State was in the also 'receiving votes' category with Boise State, WSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and New Mexico.RILEY TO COACH IN SHRINE GAME: Mike Riley will serve as the head coach of the 80th annual East-West Shrine Game. The game will take place at SBC Park in San Francisco Sat., Jan. 15. Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and defensive coordinator Mark Banker will also coach in the game. Purdue's Joe Tiller will coach the east.ON THE TUBE: As of Aug. 11, OSU is scheduled to make three national television appearances. ESPN will televise the Sept. 4 game at LSU and the Sept. 10 game at Boise State. Fox Net will broadcast the Nov. 20 Civil War. Fox Sports NW will not be airing replays of all games this season, except for the possibility of games that are broadcast live on Saturday. The regional carrier will air replays of the Oct. 16 game at Washington and Oct. 23 vs. Washington State.PRESEASON PICKS: In a poll conducted of media who cover Pacific-10 Conference football, Oregon State was selected to finish fourth in the conference standings. USC was a unanimous No. 1, followed by Cal, Oregon, OSU, WSU, Arizona State, Washington, UCLA, Stanford and Arizona.NEW THREADS: Oregon State will officialy unveil its new uniforms, designed by Nike, at the Rose City Rally Aug. 23 in Portland. The uniforms will also be unveiled at osubeavers.comROSTER MOVES: For reasons unrelated to football, the following individuals will not be on the roster for the 2004 season: Freshman quarterback Stadford Brown, freshman tailback Keith Johnson and and redshirt freshman linebacker Danny Kalavi.AT A LATER DATE: The following individuals are expected to enroll at Oregon State in the future, possibly for winter term and thus becoming what is referred to as a 'greyshirt:' freshman defensive end Will Price, freshman lineback Dennis Christopher, freshman linebacker Isaiah Cook and freshman tailback Patrick Fuller. Freshman defensive back Eric Moala will begin attending classes in January. Moala signed with OSU before embarking on a two-year LDS Mission. He is the brother of former OSU two-year letterman (1999-00) linebacker Tevita Moala. Tevita scored on a 24-yard fumble recovery Nov. 6, 1999 vs. Cal in a game that clinched OSU's first winning season since 1970.TO BE DETERMINED: Three 2004 signees remain in limbo as of Aug. 11. Their reporting date is questionable and all three will not be attending a junior college at this point. The three individuals are freshman linebacker Wallace Bates, freshman wide receiver Burnell Wallace and freshman offensive lineman Jon Ioane.FLORIDA TRANSFER JOINS PROGRAM: Running back Jimtavis Walker has joined the program after spending two years at the University of Florida. The Statesboro, Ga., native played in all 13 games for the Gators last season and was the team's fourth-leading rusher with 105 yards on 19 carries. Walker scored one touchdown, a 50-yard run against Florida A&M. He also caught one pass for one yard. Walker will have two years of active eligibility remaining beginning next year.HARDWOOD TO TURF: Tight end/power forward Jim Hanchett announced his intentions to play football in June. Hancett will be a junior on the football team and a senior on the basketball team. Per NCAA rules, Hanchett is on a football scholarship. He has two years of eligibility in football and one in basketball. Hanchett will likely miss the basketball team's trip to the Black Coaches Association Tournament in Raleigh, NC Nov. 17-19 and possibly games in late December or early January if the football team advances to a bowl game.TEAM CAPTAINS: Seniors Derek Anderson (QB), Jonathan Pollard (LB) and Bill Swancutt (DE) will serve as the team captains this season.SQUAD LIMITATIONS: Oregon State is limited to 105 student-athletes on its roster until after the first game -- per NCAA rule 126.96.36.199.1. Teams can travel a total of 64 student-athletes to conference games with no limitations in traditional rivalry contests (OSU vs. UO, UW vs. WSU, UA vs. ASU, etc.). There are no limitations for home teams or when traveling to a non-conference away game.SCHOLARSHIP NUMBERS: As of August 11, the football team has 80 student-athletes on the roster receiving scholarships. The maximum permitted by the NCAA is 85.