By Con/PNW Sports Fans
Some people in recent days seem like they are pulling a Hugh Freeze and calling random numbers in panic mode for the amount of attrition that is happening with the Oregon State football team.
We here at PNW are here to tell you, stay the course! We have never seen a program ran more efficiently or professionally than Gary Andersen runs this program. Sure the loss of Issac Garcia, once a USC commit is a bummer, but he represented POTENTIAL NOT PRODUCTION.
Other players that have left a la, Hunter Jarmon, possible Ricky Luichian, Adley Rutschman, Joah Robinett, Kenny Turnier, etc. represent a few things.
Rutschman is obviously an anomaly as one of the best catching prospects in the nation for baseball. That is to be expected.
The others, represent a shift in culture that we think is positive. Gone are the days in the Riley era where you were a program guy, 5th year senior, senior walk on, etc. and instantly received a starting spot. Gone are the days where in our eyes some players just received pity. Gone are the days where our offensive line are 4/5 ths walk ons. Riley and Andersen run two distinctively different programs.
Prime example: Kyle Peko.
Riley: knows Peko has academic issues, weird situation, constantly tells the media “we’ll see.” Says “I don’t know” a lot. Never gives solid answer in fall camp about him.
Result: doesn’t play. Peko gets out of shape.
Andersen: knows Peko has academic issues and according to our sources addresses it day one. Gets Peko private tutor, sets up meetings with three different academic advisors to make sure he gets eligible by Fall. Says “Kyle must take care of classroom.”
Says: “He will play this fall”
Result: plays and makes immediate impact. In shape and all.
I have never seen a coach in Andersen, use the system more in regards to roster moves.
Example: Noah Togai medical redshirt. This would have never happened in Riley era.
Example: Mason Moran position change. Kyle White position change. And every other position change. Both players were NEVER going to even get practice reps at QB and RB respectively. Instead of the usual Riley thing to do of just having the player “grind it out” and lose interest in the program, Andersen challenged each player to switch in order to get on the field and make an impact. Seth Collins anybody??
Andersen does NOT waste scholarships. He wants every single one to count. Not only that but like Riley he cares about his players. Every player that we have talked to says that. From walk ons to starters. Andersen treats them like men and professionals with being honest at the same time.
A lot is being made about the Oregon **cks recruiting efforts down south. Does not phase us whatsoever because Andersen wants who he wants and more importantly wants players who want to make an impact on his program and are passionate about football. He doesn’t waste his time with the pre madona high school worship me mentality of 90% of recruits. He brings in competition constantly from the JC ranks in order to in his words “compete for starting spots” and sometimes that will weed out the players listed in the beginning of this article who flinch at that. If players are flinching at a little internal roster competition, how will they do in the 4th quarter of the civil war?
Example of this: Jamire Calvin last years recruiting class. A flip flopper and academic issue. Committed once, then wavered for attention, Andersen pulled his scholarship.
Uncle Willie would have bent over backwards and braught in Uncle Phil but would have ended up with a guy who flinches in the 4th quarter… who would you rather have?