Tough Times

Tough Times

By Con/PNW

Tough depressing times here at PNW. Mariners did their normal thing, no one cares btw… but beavs are in a downward spiral that we have not seen in our life times.

Hard to watch honestly with the most recent issue being coaches integrity. Regarding Hodgins, arguably OSU’s best receiver not playing, our offensive coordinator and passing game coordinator say, 2 receiver sets… yet film shows MANY 3 receiver sets especially with Togai injured. It is one thing to not throw players under the bus but to in our opinion have integrity issues regarding telling the truth? Seriously?

Could have just said, “violation of team rules.” And NO ONE would have thought any different.

The Beaver offense is in disarray. If Andersen does not make a change in offseason, our faith in him will be at an extreme low. We believe in the man in charge but he must get that right.

Defense on the other hand doesn’t seem as crazy as people think. They have shown improvement every game. That cannot be said about the offense. The defense played good enough to beat the best team in the pac-12. Yes the 4th and 10 was killer but psychologically and physically, no defense can hold up when the offense is doing nothing. Pressure is getting up there, secondary was impressive. Still weak at linebacker but I think it goes up to a lot of inexperience from young players that Andersen has brought in.

Can we please stop the Marcus McMaryion cries? He would have the same record right now as the current team. He is playing the likes of Nevada and San Jose State. Not exactly the PAC-12. Yes he had the mojo but it’s not like comparing Luton to Tebow here.

What he did give was an identity to the offense. I think this team misses him as a leader and the guy to get behind. It is nearly impossible to get behind a JC player in his first year or a transfer that is a coaches pet and the 18th best QB in the pac-12. Yes you heard that right, the backups for WSU, UW, Stanford, ASU, Utah, Colorado are all LIGHT YEARS ahead of Garretson. The dude wouldn’t start for the championship intramural squads at OSU. That is no joke.

End rant.

Go Beavs.

Ride or die to USC and Hawks Rams this weekend.

Topic: Departures from OSU Football Team

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?

First Look: OSU pre fall Roster

First Look: OSU pre fall Roster

By Con/PNW Sports Fans

First look roster:

1. Austin Hudson (safety transfer) has 2 years eligibility. Was supposed to be grad transfer. Gary always comes through with the little things.

2. BJ Baylor running back looks big. Looks like he has body to compete right away but with OSU plethora of running backs will probably redshirt

3. Calvin Tyler. He is 5'8" 192. Running back that is already thicker than Storm Woods senior year. Gary keep this going.

4. Jeffrey Manning was going to play CB. Now playing at Safety. I like it.

5. Ricky Liuchan is now 6'1" and 264… That is a big man. Now listed at DE. Came in as a semi hyped outside linebacker from Riley. Been buried on depth chart sense.

6. Isaac Garcia now on roster. He was a 4 star. Original USC commit. Defensive end that could be long term star. With Gary publicly calling out defensive line, look for Garcia to get some early looks in camp.

7. Onesiumus Clark from Hawaii looks big but not overweight. He is a true frosh. 6'4" 340… college ready body that again could get reps if injuries take toll on starters.

8. Adley Rutschman no longer our kicking specialist. This makes us hear at PNW sad. We loved Adleys intensity and incredible leg on kickoffs and onside kick ability.

9. We are going back to Mitch Siingler days with about 5 walk on scrub receivers who are going to get cracked over the middle. How hard is it to get athletes at receiver? With our young guns in the mix, I expect this number to dwindle.

10. On the same note, this has not been talked about but Timmy Hernandez got hurt significantly in spring. I have not heard one mention of him by anybody all pre season. I'm worried. Something to keep an eye on.

Overall, no major surprises. This is Gary's bread and butter that he consistently gets most of his recruits in school and on track. Doesn't let many slip through the cracks.

Go Beavs. 34-24

Analysis: Minnesota 30 Oregon State 23

Analysis: Minnesota 30 Oregon State 23

By Con / PNW Sports Fans

Dejection. 

That is one of the only words we at PNW Sports can think of to describe what transpired last night at TCF Stadium. From the looks on the faces of the OSU players to us on the couch ready to celebrate the first win in 10 games, all for not. Throughout the game there was optimism, hope, up and downs but most importantly from our perspective some progress.

No matter what that paper with the state of Oregon in it says, Oregon State is making progress in it’s second year under Gary Andersen. Even though the outcome was not ideal, the turn around time that Andersen has already shown with this team is encouraging. Each game this season we will provide a full analysis (yes actually more than 300 words unlike the Oregonian “reporters” who write about injuries and act like football is a foreign subject they are just grasping) in the following format:

Positive takeaways, negative takeaways, plays you might have forgotten/hidden yards, coaching analysis (a few questions and play calls), personnel overview and a brief overview on the next week. We do not put too much stock in looking ahead the whole season, we need to digest, examine the film and then get ready for next week like it’s any other opponent.

Positive Takeaways

+ To start, isn’t it nice to have a QB that can actually throw screen passes? Actually make a throw that Jack Lomax COULDN’T make? Well yes it is thank you very much.

Darell Garretson is the real deal, tough, leader, grinder, gamer and much more than his label of “game manager.”

In the first quarter he looked like he was getting early game jitters out and maybe holding the ball a little long and I thought to myself, here we go another Cody Vaz with bigger hands… Then he threads a TD pass to Noah Togiai that we haven’t seen since Joe Halihuni was our TE. Not to mention his guts after getting actually assaulted on two blind side sacks and fumbles. Was worried about his wrist on the second one.

+Speaking of TE’s, we actually have one for the first time in a decade! Wasn’t it a thing of beauty to see on a 3rd and 3 or a 3rd and 5 actually have a the ball thrown to a TE and complete a catch and first down? Let alone a TD to a TE… Ricky Ortiz (42) was an unsung hero as well as OSU went with two TE a decent amount of time.

+A running back not named Storm Woods is one of the biggest revelations of my personal lifetime. However, this is a debated topic at PNW Sports, it isn’t all roses. Ryan Nall is a solid RB. However, after the first TD drive, he looked tentative. In my opinion maybe even gassed… Did not look like the same RB who did a full on frontal to *regon during the Civil War. He did end with 21 touches (13 rush, 8 rec.) but the Minnesota 2nd string running back had 26 touches and grinded out the Beaver D with ease. I like Nall’s pass catching ability but the play call was so good, Braught could have breezed through like a gust of wind behind Gavin Andrews. Jury is still out on this one and we will see how Nall holds up on the injury front (looked gimpy in 1st quarter) and with his conditioning which looked less than stellar. There have been other sources with the team who contributed to this theory about the Central Catholic Ram.

+Titus Failauga and Manase Húngala are already and will continue to be the playmakers on the front seven. Failauga consistently getting off of big boy blocks and has a great nose for the ball. Minnesota quickly started running opposite his side after he blew up a few plays.

Hungala was all over the field. A true sideline to sideline MLB. Haven’t had that since, ummm, ummm, yeah you get the point.

+Xavier Crawford was on our watch list of impact newcomers and that dude is fast, lengthy, smart and can hit. Multiple great defenses on passing where oh my gosh pinch me a OSU DB was actually in a position to make a play on the ball and was step for step with a WR. Last time that happened was… yeah I don’t need to go on.

+Defense improvement was obvious from tackling to secondary play. Every part was improved from 2015. Question is, can the offense not go 3 and out consistently?

Negative Takeaways

-Bright Ugwoegbu…a young Keith Pankey/Ryan Murphy in one of the most important spots on our defense! Hoooooraaayyy. Except remember that pinch me thing? Yeah this is not one of those moments. After our film analysis, we counted 11 plays where Bright did one of two things: completely missed tackle or wasn’t even in his proper gap to make the tackle. All lead to HUGE plays that kept drive alive for MN. The most obvious ones are the QB keepers when the DE’s are crashing on the RB and Brights only job is the QB. For some unknown and unfathomable reason, Bright kept crashing. In fact, I think he just crashed into my garage channeling his inner Al Alfalava. Ok that might have been too far… But bottom line, Bright has some great tools and athleticism but the football IQ is not there and do not be surprised if he is supplanted next game by a true frosh at OLB. Thanks Mike.

-Usually our values here at PNW go against calling out individual players but we have committed to you the fans to be unfiltered, raw and honest. This next one hurts and is honest…

Is Victor Bolden actually a receiver or a walk on corner in disguise? The dude has trouble catching yet can real in the back of the end zone diving TD… We will get to his specific lapses later but even going back to last year, he just isn’t that special of a player and needs to be treated and thought of such going forward. The coaches have put way to much pressure on him and he isn’t Brandin Cooks or even in the same league as say a mid level Pac-12 receiver. It hurts us so much because he is advertised as our “senior leader…” Once again, thanks Mike.

-Offensive Line/Receivers: while the o-line was an obvious disappointment, they still were not an absolute liability. First game, first time with the group and despite Dustin Stanton’s whiffs on the sack plays, Blake Brandel (another RAM) had a solid game and held his own as a RS freshman. Also showed some depth with Gavin Andrews going down and Trent Moore not missing a beat at RG. We think they will clean this up.

The real disappointment was the play of the wide receiver group. Outside of Seth Collins, I guess we decided to stay out a little late drowning our sorrows with Teddy Bridgewater and the rest of the Viking faithful. We already discussed Bolden, but Xavier Hawkins (7) dropped two balls thrown right at him, Vitamin J (Jordan Villiam) was off and a non factor, Timmy Hernandez saw the field twice and ummm someone please tell me that Hunter Jarmon just wasn’t on the trip… Because he was no where to be seen… Something fishy here…

The position group that was supposed to be a strength turned into an underwhelming worn out whoopee cushion with no juice… Hopefully this will improve but to us this is the most concerning topic because of the alarming moments of “wow our best WR was our QB last year…” Thanks Mike.

Plays forgotten/Hidden Yards

(Hidden yard plays are yards that do not show up in box scores but are huge field position/momentum changing plays that tell a huge tale of the game…)

-For some reason unknown to us at PNW, the special teams choices are being chosen by Bobby D still… 1 minute left in half and we do a shitty squib that gives Minnesota the ball at their own 40 and then they get a momentum boosting lucky field goal going into halftime… Bad way to end first half… Let alone the opening play of the season where we miss Gabe Ovgard keeping contain on KO that leads to a 65 yard return and horrible spot for our D to open the season.

+Nick Probeski proved his worth being the Pac-12 media day rep for OSU by his consistent punting and unorthodox spin on balls that led to a muff.

-I think we genuinely witnessed an OSU home game halftime show with students infamously trying to catch punts from a jug machine and failing miserably… oh wait that was every Victor Bolden return on a KO or punt led to almost disaster but so many hidden yards missed. Did he not go to the Taylor Kavanaugh school of catching punts? ($25 to any reader who emails us with who this is) First he lets two punts go in the first quarter that lead to a possession starting at the 1 and another at the 5. If he would have fair caught the balls it was 15 yards better on both punts. Then he tries to catch the next punt over his shoulder which is so junior high… his last name does have a Jr. next to it now… hmmm… Which leads to him falling backwards 10 yards out of bounds. Then he thinks he learns and is going to catch the ball in front of him, only to play patty cake with the ball and get hit for a zero yard return that could have easily been 5 yards walking… He finally got replaced by Rahmael Dockery (8) towards the end of the game but not before he had a beauty of a 14 yard punt return on a free kick after the safety! Rather than being a below average returner and getting the ball at the 45 after a safety, he blindly dismisses his blockers and gets us to the 35. Safe to say he won’t be on punt returns anymore…

-Hate to keep raging on one player but a minute  thirty left in game in middle of game winning drive and our “senior leader” drops a 3rd and 5 pass that hits all 10 of his fingers right at the 1st down line? All that needs to be said… Thanks Mike.

Coaching

-A few questions for the staff (we do trust them completely, this is just theoretical questions from non Pac-12 coaches unless stated) We limit ourselves to one real question of the coaching staff a week.

  1. Why only run one base play out of the wildcat with Seth Collins? Is this truly a read option play with run/pass/handoff options? Or is it always a designed QB run? Getting a little predictable and unreliable when that was our best play last year…
  2. Defense started game incredible with getting in backfield and holding Minnesota to zero points when they could have easily gotten at least 10. Our question is, in the first quarter we brought multiple blitzes from seemingly out of nowhere, then why the stopping? Minnesota QB couldn’t throw a ball through a goal post… They just stopped bringing pressure and let him sit and chill and then run circles around Bright.
  3. Noah Togiai had a few key third down catches early and then seemingly disappeared from the gameplan… TE seam would have been nice?

Ok here it is… The jugular to the coaches where if we were reporters in the room we would have zinged this right at them…

Why in the sweet name of Baby E did OSU not run the ball after their first TD? We had the mojo, the Ram was ramming and we come out 4 wide… We thought Gary wanted to establish run? He coach McGiven, did you know that if you run the ball there is no chance of our only decent QB getting decapitated the first game of the season? This was confusing to us on the lack of rushing attempts but also the lack of specific first down running plays. We went pass happy and instantly with timing being off get ourselves into 2nd and 10… This is something to watch going forward especially with our analysis on Ryan Nall…Was he really hurt or gassed? Or did they just go away from it? Need answers here…

Personnel

-We counted 8 plays where Seth Collins lined up at QB, 7 times he kept the ball. One handoff to new RB Art Pierce (21). This needs to change. Too predictable. We absolutely love Collins in the wildcat jumbo package near the goal-line channeling his inner Tim Tebow…Unstoppable. But come on at least have him throw once? Weird to us and a few wasted plays of 1 yard…

-Shemar Smith (41) OLB got one series after the second fumble by Garretson. Nothing special but no F ups on his plays. Never saw him after that.

-As mentioned above, did Hunter Jarmon (2) make the trip?

-Elu Ayudon (99) played BIG. Didn’t show up on stats much but continuously got playing time and made the most of clogging the middle at DT. Didn’t see him or Kalani Vakamelalo  (97) at TE though.

-Tim Cook (20) showed good hands which was pleasant surprise on the TD catch. Not much going with running though. Kind of Ryan McCants ish. Art Pierce (21) saw a few carries and looked like he was getting is feet wet. Had a few good blitz pick ups as well. He is solidly the #2 back and was consistently getting the snaps  when Nall was gassed.

-Looks like going forward the Beaver D base package is nickel. When you play nickel the whole game against a Big 10 team, I think that will be all we see for the rest of the season. We honestly like that because it gets our best athletes on the field and allows players like Devin Chappell (9) to play close to the line and make plays in backfield which he did consistently. Xavier Crawford (22) was lining up on outside receiver with Dwayne Williams (4) on the inside receiver.

Next Week

Thank you Bobby D for accidentally clicking “Bye” on week two after your speed bag and hot yoga… 10 games straight folks after Idaho State on the 17th…

2016 Oregon State Beavers Football Preview, Questions

2016 Oregon State Beavers Football Preview, Questions

By Con / PNW Sports Fans

Friends, family, fair weather fans, fanatics and just plain fans, we at PNWSports have been delayed on posting about what brought us all together in the first place, Oregon State football. Our apologies but it has been hard for us, so BACK OFF!

In the coming weeks you will hear about every position from quarterback to long snapper, to running back to short snapper. You will hear honesty, optimism but realism. Too many times we have seen others use the same repetitive language, analogies, vague detail and false optimism when it comes to Oregon State football (cough cough OregonLive writers)

We are here for a new perspective on everything we write that is a mix of fanatical fan experience, die and cry with your team but realism that some papers just refuse to write or are uneducated to write. Again looking at you Gina, Danny and friends.

Another topic of concern regarding college anything previews is we here at PNWSports stay true to our beliefs that any five star recruit equals a zero star until they prove it on the field. We will mention recruits and frosh that are on campus in our position reviews but we will not give false hope on players who have played the same amount of college snaps that we all have. Needless to say we are sick and tired of writers claiming that some freshy out of high school who weighs slightly more than our own Brian, can catch a pass over the middle with Al Afalava seeking to decapitate him. (or the bus stop) That all being said we will convey our observations of seeing endless practices and who to “watch for” in the newcomers, contributors, etc. but you will never hear us state “his high school coach said he will change the team.”

A few burning topics that we will discuss aside from every position review will be: Will we win more than three games this year? Will Kevin Clune actually bring a blitz not just sit back and get dookied on? How will Gary coaching the d-line impact that position? 3-4 or 4-3? Will Dave Baldwin die of a diet coke overdose? Will Vitamin J be done after this season? Did our beloved Mike Riley really leave us with only ten Pac-12 caliber players? How long will Gary’s rebuild take? Can I get into the Terrace? WTF is the Terrace?

We will give you all just a taste of our thoughts on each position group.

Special Teams: Gary said we have an elite punter…

Corner Backs: One is 5’9″ , one is 6’2″ which side will opponents throw to?

Safeties: No more Cereal please…Our best recruit Shuro… Oh wait…

Linebackers: Mayonnaise (Manase Hungalu) will be key

Defensive Line: Elu Aydon… You heard it here first.

Offensive Line: No IKE, No problem.

Wide Receivers: One word, one letter: Vitamin J

Running Backs: 100% improved, weather forecast says no chance of storms

Quarterbacks: ………………

Tight Ends: I guess DT and TE are really the same position? Good riddance Caleb.

R-Back: Yeah idk either…

Offensive Coaching: Will the Ram run wild or be Cooked?

Defensive Coaching: What is defensive identity?

Special Teams Coaching: Like Gary says, will it produce a game changing play?

Ask questions that you want to be answered via Twitter or comments and we will spin them. Remember people, this was just a preview of a preview. Stay tuned.

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