2010 Spring Football Prospectus

March 22, 2010

For the fourth consecutive year Oregon State's football program concluded the year with a winning record at 8-5, the longest streak since a five-year run between 1966-70. For the second straight year the Beavers tied for second in the Pac-10 -a 6-3 mark in 2009. OSU finished just outside the top-25 of both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll rankings - essentially 27th.

Head football coach Mike Riley agreed in January to be on the Beaver sidelines through at least 2019, with a contract that adds among other considerations an additional year for every bowl game. Riley began his second tenure at OSU in 2003; the second-longest consecutive tenure of any Pac-10 coach - Jeff Tedford at California started in 2002. Riley is 64-47 in nine total seasons and is just 10 wins short of Lon Stiner's (1933-48) school record for victories.

Oregon State will play one of the toughest schedules in 2010, with non-conference games vs. preseason top 25 teams TCU and Boise State on the docket. The Sept. 4 game vs. TCU will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas while the Beavers will also travel to Bronco Stadium this season for a Sept. 25 contest. The other non-conference game of the season is against Louisville at OSU's Reser Stadium Sept. 18.

Oregon State played in its ninth bowl game in the last 11 seasons, tied for the second most over that span in the Pac-10 with USC, and made a school record fourth consecutive postseason appearance. The Beavers' five-game postseason win streak ended Dec. 22 at the Las Vegas Bowl, losing to BYU 44-20.

Oregon State was 80-46 (63%) during the last decade, compared to 29-81-1 (26%) during the 1990s and 22-85-4 (21%) in the 1980s. The 80 victories rank as the third most in the conference during the decade. Here is how they stacked up league wide: USC 103-25, Oregon 87-38, OSU 80-45, California 71-52, UCLA 67-58, Arizona State 65-59, Washington State 57-64, Arizona 50-69, Washington 50-71 and Stanford 48-69.

Sean Canfield (QB), Jacquizz Rodgers (RB), James Rodgers (WR), Gregg Peat (OG), Keaton Kristick (LB), Stephen Paea (DT) and Suaesi Tuimaunei (ST) earned Pac-10 First Team honors. The seven selections were the most in the Pac-10. Paea added the Morris Trophy as the best defensive lineman in the conference, voted on by the league's offensive linemen. Justin Kahut (PK) earned second team with Alex Linnenkohl (C), David Pa'aluhi (LB), Keith Pankey (LB) and Dwight Roberson (LB) all garnering honorable mention. It's worth noting that four Beaver linebackers were selected. OSU had 61 all-conference selections during the decade, second to USC's 79 in the Pac-10.

Oregon State is the only team in the Pac-10 to finish among the top three in the league standings in each of the last four years - tied for second in 2008 and '09, and alone in third in 2006 and '07. The Beavers were 25-11 in the conference during those four years, trailing only USC's 27-9 mark.

When a Beaver rushes for 100-plus yards it usually equals a victory. OSU has won 19 of its last 21 games (90%) when a rusher gains 100 - the only two losses in that period - Oct. 2, 2008 at Utah (Jacquizz Rodgers 101 yds) and to USC Oct. 24, 2009 (Jacquizz 113). Quizz, his brother James Rodgers, Yvenson Bernard and Matthew Sieverson are the individuals who have accounted for the 100-yard outings.

That's the record of Oregon State when it leads after three quarters with Mike Riley as head coach. Since the start of the 2004 season it is 40-3.

For the fourth consecutive year Oregon State finished higher in the Pac-10 standings than it was predicted by the league's media. The media in 2009, that regularly cover the conference, predicted OSU for fourth place. Here are the predictions for the last four years with finish:2006 - prediction 7th - actual finish 3rd
2007 - prediction 5th - actual finish 3rd
2008 - prediction 6th - actual finish T2nd
2009 - prediction 4th - actual finish T2nd

Beaver fans have learned to deal with the stress of close football games, and for the most part, the outcomes have been favorable. OSU is 15-5 since the start of the 2006 season in games decided by seven points or less.

Over the last 75 games, Oregon State is 30-5 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 9-19 when committing more and 8-4 when even. Oregon State lost just 11 turnovers for the season, the second-fewest in the nation (Cincinnati - 10). The Beavers also lost just four fumbles for the year, tied for second in the nation with Rutgers, Miami and Colorado State - Cincinnati had two. Oddly, on the other side of the ball OSU tied for 105th in turnovers gained with 16.

Since the 2002 season, Oregon State is tied for first in the Pac-10 for the number of times a player has reached the 1,000-yard rushing plateau with seven (missing only 2004). California also has seven, followed by Oregon (6), USC (4), UCLA (2), Stanford (2), Washington (2), Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State with one each.

Oregon State outscored its opponents 307-116 in the first quarter over the last 53 games, including 272-92 in the last 29. The Beavers allowed just 48 in the last 14 first quarters combined, dating back to last year. The 48 points allowed in 2009 were the fewest in the Pac-10.

The Beavers led the nation for redzone scoring percentage at 96.4 percent (54-56). OSU scored 41 times via touchdowns and 13 via field goals.

Freshman offensive tackle Michael Philipp became the first true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at Oregon State since Keith DiDomenico did at right guard in 1997 vs. USC and Oregon.

Oregon State played eight true freshmen in the season opener against Portland State; the most in modern history - up until the late 1980s true freshmen played in junior varsity games. The eight freshmen to open this season were OT Michael Philipp, WR Markus Wheaton, OT Geoff Garner, Safety Jordan Poyer, LB Rueben Robinson, RB Jovan Stevenson, and linebackers 'Feti' and 'Uani' Unga. It should be noted that Garner and the Unga brothers came to OSU after two-year LDS Missions, and Stevenson enrolled at OSU during winter term of 2009 and was thus a greyshirt.

Senior quarterback Sean Canfield set an OSU record for completion percentage for a season at 67.9 - the fifth best mark in the nation. The left-hander completed 303 of 446 of his attempts, including 21 touchdowns. He averaged 64 pass attempts per interception in 2009 after entering the year with an interception every 22 pass attempts. He finished fourth all-time at OSU with 5,970 passing yards and is fourth for touchdown passes with 38. Canfield is the first Beaver quarterback to ever be named Pac-10 First Team and set the career mark for pass completion percentage at OSU at 64.1.

Sophomore running back Jacquizz Rodgers was one of 16 candidates for the Maxwell Award (top player) and a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award (top RB) and Walter Camp Award, tied a school record for the most points for a season by a Beaver with 132 (Steven Jackson, 2003). His 22 total touchdowns (21 rushing) tied for third in the nation. For overall rushing he is already fourth at OSU with 2,693 yards. Quizz is the new school record holder for single season rushing touchdowns with 21. If he averages his first two years rushing total he will end his career with 5,498, trailing only former USC star Charles White (6,245) in the Pac-10.

Beaver junior receiver James Rodgers averaged 179.1 yards per game for all-purpose yards (Rec, PR, KR) which ranked first in the Pac-10 and seventh in the nation. He is the new school record holder for single season all-purpose yards with 2,328 and notched a school record 303 all-purpose yards in the regular season finale at Oregon. James led the Pac-10 for receptions per game at 7.0, was second for receiving yards per game at 79.5 and set a school record for receptions in a season with 91.

If it weren't for Damian Williams' (USC) 63-yard punt return, OSU would have been among the national leaders for punt coverage. As it is, the Beavers allowed 6.2 yards per return on just 13 attempts. Take away Williams' return, OSU allowed 1.5 yards - which would have led the nation.

1,000 x 2
Junior receiver James Rodgers is the second Beaver in school history to amass 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. James has 1,297 career yards rushing and 1,849 career yards receiving and has joined Pat Chaffey (1986, 88-89), who accumulated 1,421 yards rushing and 1,293 yards receiving.

It was a small but successful class of seniors on and off the field. Players such as Sean Canfield, Tim Clark, Patrick Henderson, Taylor Kavanaugh, Keaton Kristick, Lyle Moevao, Gregg Peat and John Reese, if not played, suited up for four bowl games. Academically, Kavanaugh graduated in construction engineering management before the season. The following players graduated in December - Sean Canfield (philosophy), Patrick Henderson (sociology), Sioeli Nau (liberal studies) and John Reese (speech communication). Graduating in March 2010 are Tim Clark (human development/family studies), Howard Croom (sociology), Latu Moala (liberal studies), Lyle Moevao (sociology), and Gregg Peat (double major in accounting and finance). March graduates include Damola Adeniji (liberal studies) and Keaton Kristick (business), and in July Ben Terry (sociology). OSU has had 28 Pac-10 All-Academic selections over the last two years.

Beaver senior receiver, punt returner, holder Taylor Kavanaugh was one of 12 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes to be recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) on its 'Good Works Team.' The honor is given to players that embody the true spirit of 'teamwork' and 'giving back' through commendable acts of kindness and community service. Kavanaugh is involved in many community service events and last spring break visited Guatemala with a team of student engineers to build a house for a needy family. He was introduced at halftime of last year's Sugar Bowl.

Former Oregon State running backs Ken Simonton, Yvenson Bernard (Winnipeg Blue Bombers) and Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams) all rank in the top 11 of the Pac-10 Conference for career rushing. USC is the only other school in the league with more - Charles White, Marcus Allen, Anthony Davis and Ricky Bell. If Jacquizz Rodgers averages his first two years rushing total he will end his career with 5,498, trailing only former USC star Charles White (6,245).

Wide receiver Mike Hass (2005 Biletnikoff Award winner) was one; placekicker Alexis Serna (2005 Groza Award recipient) was one; punter Johnny Hekker (2008 Sun Bowl Special Teams MVP) was one; quarterback Jonathan Smith (2001 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP) was one. That is just a small sample of walkons at Oregon State that had or having great careers at Oregon State. Last season opened with former walkons Mike Remmers (RT) and Damola Adeniji (WR) starting, and current walkon Grant Johnson (LG). Senior receiver/holder/punt returner Taylor Kavanaugh also was a walkon until recently and Adeniji learned he had earned a scholarship on Sept. 4, the eve of the season opener.

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