The Oregon State Beavers are kicking off fall camp.
OSU would be hard-pressed to have a worse season than a year ago when they were just one victory away before Gary Andersen walked out.
“We all went through the lowest you can possibly be and I think for those who were here to experience that, it brought us closer together and nobody wants to feel that ever again,” OSU Junior Noah Togiai said.
Now is the re-entry of ‘Niner’ to Beaver Nation, first-time head coach Jonathan Smith. Smith’s name still litters the record books. It was nearly 20-years ago when helped lead Oregon State to an all-time high with that fiesta bowl win.
This campaign is all about building character with a cast of rather unknowns.
“We are good enough to win here and that is just something that the team has to believe and I think it is something that we are starting to believe and most of us do believe,” OSU Junior Trevon Bradford said.
The quarterback competition is on.
Incumbent starter Jake Luton returns from a fractured back and the senior will be battling with Conor Blount and Camas’ Jack Collette for the starting role.
“Having that kind of guy in your ear, he has done it, coached it, he has had a lot of success both playing and coaching so that’s huge for us just to keep improving as quarterbacks and having him stand back there and letting us know we need to make a big throw here and execute it is big time,” Luton said.
Nothing like easing into a new gig. Smith’s first venture at his alma mater will come Sept. 1 at the horseshoe of Ohio State.
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