2013 College Football Preview
OFFENSE: Markus Wheaton-WR, Colby Prince-TE, Colin Kelly-OT
DEFENSE: Castro Masaniai-DT, Andrew Seumalo-DT, Rudolf Fifita-DE, Rueben Robinson-LB, Feti Taumoepeau-LB, Jordan Poyer-CB, Anthony Watkins-SS
WR Brandin Cooks
Defensive Backfield / Passing Game

Despite losing All-American cornerback Jordan Poyer this defensive backfield will remain formidable. Rashaad Reynolds will no longer play under Poyer's shadow while becoming one of the league's best covermen. They will also get plenty of help from the speed burners at outside linebacker. There may not be a better dual-quarterback system in college football. Mannion and Vaz made it work some how and the battle/partnership marches on.

Defensive Tackle / Running Game

Power running teams like Stanford have given this defensive front problems. Nonetheless, Oregon State made great strides in constructing a run descent stuffing defense. Both full-time tackles need replaced which takes coaches back to the drawing board. This was a meager rushing attack. The entire stable of running backs will be around again for 2013. It's time to step up.

DE Scott Crichton
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Sean Mannion-Jr (6-5, 214) Cody Vaz-Sr (6-1, 202)
FB Tyler Anderson-Jr (5-10, 211) Michael Balfour-So (5-11, 229)
TB Storm Woods-So (6-0, 197) Terron Ward-Jr (5-7, 200)
WR Richard Mullaney-So (6-3, 192) Obum Gwacham-Jr (6-5, 227)
WR Brandin Cooks-Jr (5-10, 181) Micah Hatfield-Sr (6-1, 180)
WR Kevin Cummings-Sr (6-1, 180) Mitch Singler-Sr (6-3, 209)
HB Connor Hamlett-Jr (6-7, 264) Kellen Clute-So (6-5, 230)
TE Caleb Smith-So (6-6, 258) Tyler Perry-Jr (6-5, 250)
OT Michael Philipp-Sr (6-4, 329) David Keller-So (6-3, 314)
OG Josh Andrews-Sr (6-3, 303) Roman Sapolu-Jr (6-2, 286)
C Isaac Seumalo-So (6-3, 300) Josh Mitchell-So (6-2, 286)
OG Grant Enger-Sr (6-6, 290) Grant Bays-RFr (6-1, 300)
OT Gavin Andrews-So (6-5, 327) Nolan Hansen-RFr (6-6, 269)
K Trevor Romaine-Jr (6-0, 200) Garrett Owens-Fr (5-7, 173)
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Scott Crichton-Jr (6-3, 260) John Braun-Sr (6-5, 286)
DT Edwin Delva-Jr (6-3, 290) Mana Rosa-Sr (6-3, 275)
DT Siale Hautau-Jr (6-0, 315) Ali'i Robins-So (6-2, 272)
DE Dylan Wynn-Jr (6-2, 260) Devon Kell-Sr (6-4, 234)
SLB D.J. Alexander-Jr (6-2, 228) Jabral Johnson-Jr (6-1, 228)
MLB Joel Skotte-So (6-2, 232) Josh Williams-Jr (6-1, 232)
WLB Michael Doctor-Sr (6-0, 225) Caleb Saulo-RFr (6-1, 224)
CB Sean Martin-Sr (6-0, 185) Steven Nelson-Jr (5-10, 191)
CB Rashaad Reynolds-Sr (5-11, 186) Jovan Stevenson-Sr (5-11, 189)
SS Tyrequek Zimmerman-Jr (6-0, 211) Cyril Noland-Lewis-RFr (6-0, 198)
FS Ryan Murphy-Jr (6-3, 210) Steven Christian-Sr (6-0, 189)
P Keith Kostol-Jr (6-3, 197) Tim McMullen-Sr (6-4, 226)


  • The Beavers have made great efforts to be a more balanced offense. The end result from 2012 wasn't so successful in regards to running with the football. Running backs Storm Woods and Terron Ward are capable of making this formula work much better in 2013.
  • Success has been found in the passing game with a dual quarterback situation. The Pac 12's No. 2 ranked passing game will continue to have both Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz battling for reps.
  • Gone is school record holder for career receptions Markus Wheaton. In steps the next great OSU receiver Brandin Cooks, who spent much time his true freshman campaign filling in for James Rogers.
  • The Beavers leave their cornerbacks in man-to-man coverage most of the time, and a key this season has been not only how well senior Jordan Poyer has played on one side but what Rashaad Reynolds did as the other cornerback. Losing the All-American Poyer will sting but don't underestimate this secondary. There is plenty of potential here to keep opposing quarterbacks in check.
  • The defensive perimeter is sound. Outside linebackers Michael Doctor and D.J. Alexander are two of the fastest players at their position in college football. Defensive end Scott Crichton is an All-Conference sack monster.
  • The Beavers may have been one of the biggest surprises in 2012. They weren't capable of hanging with the big boys in the league like Stanford and Oregon and they probably still won't next season. But there is enough talent returning to maintain their current BCS Poll lofty status. No more surprises here.



Aug. 31 - Eastern Washington
Sept. 7 - Hawai'i
Sept. 14 - at Utah
Sept. 21 - at San Diego State
Sept. 28 - Colorado
Oct. 12 - at Washington State
Oct. 19 - at California
Oct. 26 - Stanford
Nov. 1 - Southern California
Nov. 16 - at Arizona State
Nov. 23 - Washington
Nov. 29 - at Oregon