2007 Oregon State Beavers Football Preview
2007 Oregon State Beavers season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Oregon State Beavers football preview as well as the 2007 Oregon State Beavers Football Schedule. Dont miss Maddux's free college football picks taken from the weekly college football odds from the #1 sports handicapping team.
Coach: Mike Riley (7th year at Oregon State)
Team Name: Beavers
2006 Overall Record: 10-4
Returning Starters: 16
The Oregon State Beavers (10- 4 overall, 6- 3 PAC-10) have only been to 10 bowl games, but they have won 60% of them. In the last seven years, they've gone to five, winning four, including their 2006 appearance in the Sun Bowl where they beat Missouri 39- 38. Last season they place 3rd in the PAC-10. This year they will contend for one of the top spots again.
The Beavers scored 27.8 PPG with most of their yardage coming from the passing game. Look for the club to take some pressure off of its QB by utilizing Yvenson Bernard's (296 CAR, 1,307 YDs, 4.4 AVG, 12 TDs) tough grit more than it has in the past. The QB position for Oregon State is still up in the air. Two sophomores are battling for the job—Shane Canfield and Lyle Moevao. Canfield holds the edge right now. Senior split end Sammie Stroughter (74 REC, 1, 293 YDs, 17.5 AVG, 5 TDs) has the sure hands and speed to make him the teams' go-to, big down man. On the line, Jeremy Perry, now a junior, is one of the nation's best offensive guards. Overall, the Beaver "O" line looks tough and solid.
Oregon State held opponents to 22.2 PPG by mainly stuffing the run and putting a lot of pressure on QBs. OSU had 47 sacks and 60 other tackles for a loss, which together equaled 107 hits for a loss, totaling 528 yards lost. That led the country. Senior DE Dorian Smith (9 sacks) returns to this talented line. Senior WLB Joey LeRocque (98 tackles, 44 solo) anchors an expert line-backing corps. Last season the secondary made its share of blunders, but there's hope that experience will turn that around.
Swing games include those versus UCLA and Oregon, while defeating either California or USC will equal a true upset. Be assured that Oregon State will be playing in the post-season again.
Oregon State Beavers Football Schedule
|Sep 15||Idaho St||Home|
|Sep 22||Arizona St||Away|
|Nov 17||Washington St||Away|
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