Coach and Player Quotes from 2009 Pac-10 Football Media Day

July 30, 2009

Oregon State head coach Mike Riley

Opening Statement:
'We are looking forward to a great year in a very very tough conference. I see our conference as always growing and getting better all the time. We lost a lot of good players last year. We had seven players drafted, so we are looking to fill a lot of holes. I'm hoping by the time the first game comes around that we will have two healthy senior quarterbacks ready. Defensively, we lost our whole secondary. During spring ball I think we had some kids develop there. Fall camp will be very big for them. It is an exciting time to be here and we are looking forward to all of the challenges that this season will bring.'

On the importance of having two out of their first three games at home:
'I think that it will be good. We have had rough starts in the past for the last two or three years. I think some of it has to do with the opponents that we have played, but also the fact that we were finding out who we were. I think finding that identity and getting out to a good start will be a great thing for the Beavers this year.'

On Oregon State's recent success against USC:
'I don't think there is a lot of magic to it. We have to play a great football game. We have to finish it and that is always the hard part. Our team plays a very conditioned football game. We took care of the football. Out defense has had early success. It just take a really really efficient game and a great effort.'

Oregon State linebacker Keaton Kristick

On trying to stop Stanford running back Toby Gerhart:
'He's a great guy. You have to make sure you get low and get beneath him. He's a hard runner and he's powerful.'

On the impact Jacquizz Rodgers had on the team last season:
'He's a really good player and we are thankful to have him on our team. He's a small quick player that can hide behind guys and it's hard to tackle him. It was probably that second week when we realized he was a special guy on our team. Realizing that we had that much potential at running back made us more confidence as a defense.'

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