DB Sabby Piscitelli
Coach: Mike Riley
28-30, 3 years
2005 Record: 5-6
at Louisville LOST 27-63
at California WON 23-20
at UCLA LOST 28-51
at Washington WON 18-10
at Oregon LOST 14-56

2005 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2006 Outlook

The Beavers have the personnel to become (one of) the Pac Ten's biggest sleepers. This team was not as bad as their 5-6 record indicated. A 10-win season is actually quite possible in this 13-game schedule. The offense is set to flourish with every lineman returning, a superstar option at RB, and a speedy group of receivers. The whole key offensively rests with QB Matt Moore and his ability to cut back on errors and make better reads after he now has a season of starting under his belt. The defensive side has more concerns, which include gaping holes on the front seven due to graduation. Stars are hard to locate outside of the two safeties. Coach Mike Riley took some heat for the team’s sub-.500 record and needs a rebound season to relieve some of the outside pressure(s). With some luck, the Beavers could be right in the thick of the Pac Ten race by late October.

Projected 2006 record: 7-6
QB - 3.5 DL - 3
RB - 3.5 LB - 3
WR - 3 DB - 3
OL - 4 ..

Passing: Matt Moore, 355-211-19, 2711 yds., 11 TD

Rushing: Yvenson Bernard, 299 att., 1321 yds., 13 TD

Receiving: Anthony Wheat-Brown, 40 rec., 400 yds., 3 TD

Scoring: Alexis Serna, 23-28 FG, 32-32 PAT, 101 pts.

Punting: none

Kicking: Alexis Serna, 23-28 FG, 32-32 PAT, 101 pts.

Tackles: Sabby Piscitelli, 53 tot., 39 solo

Sacks: Ben Siegert, 3 sacks

Interceptions: Sabby Piscitelli, 4 for 74 yds., 1 TD

Kickoff Returns: Sammie Stroughter, 9 ret., 21.6 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Sammie Stroughter, 26 ret., 6.5 avg., 0 TD


K Alexis Serna
OFFENSE: Mike Hass-WR, Josh Hawkins-WR, Dan Haines-TE
DEFENSE: Alvin Smith-DT, Sir Henry Anderson-DT, Keith Ellison-SLB, Trent Bray-MLB, Lamar Herron-FS, Sam Paulescu-P

UCLA transfer Matt Moore won the starting QB job last August. At times Moore looks like a worthy signal caller, and at others, his passes leave much to be desired. A few of those passes (19 INTs) defined the Beavers destiny last season. Many of those picks were due in part to forcing the ball - throwing it late and just plain making bad decisions. An emphasis on making Matt a better QB may have paid off this spring as he begins to blossom into one of the Pac Ten's best QBs on a short list of worthy candidates.

In terms of having that special star, RB Yvenson Bernard has the ability to be the best offensive player in the conference. In addition to carrying the pigskin (120 yards per game), he can also catch. The problem is, he may never leave the field, no matter the down and distance. Do not be surprised if he winds up lining up at the flanker position on occasion.

Biletnikoff Award winner (best receiver) Mike Hass has moved on. But overall, the WRs will have more speed and are considered to be an area of strength. The big upgrade comes at the TE position with the return of Joe Newton from a medical redshirt. His loss a year ago was a huge blow to the passing game. Anthony Wheat-Brown is the only returning starter in the Beaver’s three-receiver sets after battling through injuries last fall. The surprise may be at split end as Sammy Strought, the team's punt returner, has turned some heads this spring.

The Beavers return the entire offensive line, a rare situation for any coach, and that represents the strongest line they’ve had since the 2000 Fiesta Bowl unit. The OL is the foundation of this team. Both tackles have started 23 straight games (Josh Linehan and Adam Koets) while the middle has three All-Conference players. Depth seems plentiful. If there is a negative to point out, pass protection must improve, but that looks doable.


RB Yvenson Bernard


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Matt Moore-Sr (6-4, 193) Sean Canfield-Fr (6-4, 222)
Ryan Gunderson-Jr (6-5, 229)
TB Yvenson Bernard-Jr (5-9, 204) Clinton Polk-Jr (6-2, 214)
Patrick Fuller-So (5-11, 204)
WR Sammie Stroughter-Jr (6-0, 183) Marcel Love-Sr (6-0, 189)
WR Anthony Wheat-Brown-Jr (6-1, 218) Brandon Powers-Jr (6-2, 215)
WR Ruben Jackson-Sr (5-10, 197) Anthony Crosby-Fr (6-0, 194)
TE Joe Newton-Sr (6-7, 256) Jason Vandiver-Sr (6-4, 262)
OT Adam Koets-Sr (6-6, 294) Tavita Thompson-So (6-6, 319)
OG Jeremy Perry-So (6-2, 313) Andy Levitre-So (6-3, 324)
C Kyle DeVan-Jr (6-2, 294) Adam Speer-So (6-3, 276)
OG Roy Schuening-Jr (6-4, 318) Andy Levitre-So (6-3, 324)
OT Josh Linehan-Sr (6-5, 305) Tavita Thompson-So (6-6, 319)
K Alexis Serna-Jr (5-8, 162) ..




The team accumulated a mere 22 sacks last year, which averages out to two a game. These numbers were bad enough to rank the Beavers last in the conference. Ostensibly, the health and progression of the front four is the key to this success. Early indications here are positive. DE Jeff Van Orsow was dominant in the spring game, and Joe Lemma’s return gives the line a sturdy set of bookends. While not necessarily listed now as a current starter due to off-the-field issues and a shoulder problem, DT Ben Siegert does have 25 career starts and is capable of earning Pac Ten post-season honors.

Although the pass rush was off pace, the run defense was the stingiest in conference (though allowing 108 yards per game only ranked them 17th in I-A). A large part of these results was based on a pair of All-Pac Ten LBs that are no longer available. New faces have been waiting for their opportunity, such as JUCO newcomer Joey LaRocque, and this leaves coaches with some guarded optimism.

The entire secondary is back after getting burned like toast - in the first half of last season, OSU gave up way too many big plays. Now considered a defensive strength, the pass rush and coverage have to go hand-in-hand. Three-year starter Sabby Piscitelli at strong safety ranks amongst the top 10 in this program’s history with 10 career INTs. Free safety Al Afalava has a bright future with this group as well and having a real physical presence. The CBs are not quite as secure as the safety spots, and neither of the possible starters has logged any picks yet.


LB Derrick Doggett


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Joe Lemma-Sr (6-3, 255) Joe Rudulph-Jr (6-5, 255)
DT Ben Siegert-Sr (6-4, 288) Pernell Booth-So (6-1, 302)
DT Curtis Coker-Jr (6-1, 309) William 'Akau'ola Vea-Jr (6-2, 282)
DE Jeff Van Orsow-Jr (6-4, 266) Dorian Smith-Jr (6-3, 258)
SLB Derrick Doggett-Jr (6-3, 206) Dennis Christopher-So (6-1, 205)
MLB Alan Darlin-Jr (6-1, 251) Bryant Cornell-So (6-1, 240)
WLB Joey LaRocque-Jr (6-4, 230) Isaiah Cook-So (6-2, 215)
CB Keenan Lewis-So (6-1, 194) Gerard Lawson-Jr (5-11, 190)
CB Brandon Hughes-So (5-11, 174) Coye Francies-Jr (6-1, 177)
SS Sabby Piscitelli-Sr (6-3, 225) Daniel Drayton-Jr (5-10, 204)
FS Al Afalava-So (5-11, 198) Bryan Payton-So (6-2, 211)
P Kyle Loomis-Fr (6-3, 185) Jon Strowbridge-Jr (6-2, 256)




Former walk-on kicker Alexis Serna won the Lou Groza Award (best kicker) in just his sophomore season of a year ago. He is on the fast pace to become one of college football's most accomplished kickers. Thus far in his two-year career he has managed to go 40-of-48 between the uprights (83.3%), the most accurate in Division I-A history. Call him Mr. Automatic inside of 30 yard (18-of-18 career). Freshman Kyle Loomis enters the fall as the successor to incumbent All-Pac Ten punter Sam Paulescu. The inconsistency of Jon Strowbridge is another possibility, though his 77-yard boot in the spring game has many in Corvallis talking.