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Oregon State Beavers 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 34
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 46

The Oregon State Beavers are back in 2010 after an eight win season. For the last two years, the team has been sniffing around a Rose Bowl berth, but has come up just short. Last year’s loss in the Las Vegas Bowl ended the season on a sour note, but expectations are once again high for the Beavers.

What do they feed the boys in the Rodgers household? Brothers Jacquizz and James are the superstars of the Beavers’ offense, the top two rushers and receivers in 2009. Jacquizz rushed for 1,440 yards and a school record 21 touchdowns and “chipped in” with 78 receptions. James caught 91 passes for 1,034 yards and rushed for 303 more. Jacquizz is an early Heisman Trophy candidate, but these brothers are both stars in the making.

It’s not certain who will get the Rodgers brothers the ball. Sophomore Ryan Katz is the front runner to take over the starting quarterback spot because of his experience with the offense, but Virginia transfer Peter Lalich will be right behind him. The offensive line returns almost everyone from last season, losing only First-Team PAC 10 guard Gregg Peat.

Oregon State Beavers Cheerleader

Oregon State’s defense will be missing some starters unexpectedly. The starting middle linebacker and defensive end left the team due to family reasons. Another linebacker tore his Achilles tendon in the winter and his return is unknown. Other players will have to step up to improve a unit that managed only 17 sacks and eight interceptions last year.

Defensive tackle Stephen Paea was second team all conference in 2009 and is an impact player in the middle of the line. The strength of the unit lies in their safeties. Lance Mitchell and Cameron Collins were third and fourth on the team in tackles, and Mitchell led the team in interceptions from his free safety spot.

Because of the Rodgers brothers, the Beavers should have an explosive and exciting offense. The quarterback play will have a big impact on the season, as will the success of the defense. All things considered, Oregon State should once again be in the hunt for a conference title and a Rose Bowl berth.

Oregon State’s odds to win the PAC 10 : + 350

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