Heimlich: It's not about baseball, it's about punishment and rehabilitation

Heimlich: It's not about baseball, it's about punishment and rehabilitation

CORVALLIS -- Of all the questions surrounding the Luke Heimlich situation at Oregon State, the one that befuddles me the most is "How long?"

Nobody yet has been able to give me much of an answer.

And by "How long?" I mean how long must somebody who admitted guilt to a molestation at the age of 15 pay for his crime? Is it 10 years? Twenty years? Life? Honestly, I have no idea.

The whole concept of a juvenile justice system is to understand that youngsters make mistakes. Sometimes serious ones. Often those mistakes can be attributed to cultural, economic or familial influences that youths cannot control. And as kids, they are allowed a chance to move on from those and have a productive life. Heimlich is now 21 years old and, by all accounts, has done just fine as a student at Oregon State and has complied with all the stipulations of his plea agreement.

Or, as his coach, Pat Casey, put it: "I can just tell you that he's a fine young man and for every second he's been on this campus, on and off the field, he's been a first-class individual -- someone that his family should be proud of, the community should be proud of and our team is proud of him. I believe in Luke."

This isn't about baseball, it's about a young man who is, to the best of our knowledge, doing all he can to rehabilitate himself. I don't know Heimlich well enough to say I believe in him. I don't know him at all. But I believe in the concept of giving people a chance to atone for their mistakes and move forward with a productive life -- particularly when it's a juvenile. But as you know, the courts decide punishment but society also weighs in on the subject -- and public opinion can be more harsh than a judge.

I don't pretend to have all the answers in a situation like this. And as I said, this isn't about baseball, it's more about juvenile offenders and their rehabilitation. So I go back to the original question:

You tell me -- if Heimlich doesn't belong on this team, when does he? What are his rights as a student? What are his privileges as a student? When, exactly, does punishment end and rehabilitation begin?

And most pertinent, who is supposed to make those calls?

Week 2 ProBeavs: Andy Levitre goes on IR; Cooks and Poyer making plays

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Week 2 ProBeavs: Andy Levitre goes on IR; Cooks and Poyer making plays

Atlanta guard Andy Levitre has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn tricep during the Falcons' win over Carolina on Sunday. 

“After receiving the tests results on Andy’s injury from Sunday’s game, it has been determined that he will miss the remainder of the season with a triceps injury,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters today.

It's a tough blow for the Falcons. Levitre has been one of the most reliable offensive linemen of the past 10 years. Drafted by Buffalo in the second round in 2009, Levitre didn't miss a start for four seasons with the Bills, then to seasons for Tennessee before landing in Atlanta in 2015. With the Falcons, Levitre made every start in 2015 and 2016 before missing three games last season.

Now, he will miss 14 games in one season.

 “Andy worked extremely hard to get back on the field after a similar injury last year, and there is no doubt his leadership will continue to be felt this year," Quinn said. "We have a ton of respect for Andy and what he stands for, and what he means to our team.”

-- Brandin Cooks delivers

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks had a huge game on Sunday during a 34-0 over Arizona. Cooks caught seven passes for 159 yards with a long reception of 57. In two games, Cooks has 12 receptions for 246 yards, but has yet to score a touchdown with the Rams. 

--- Jordan Poyer remains elite

Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer continues to play well on a very weak team. Poyer, during Sunday's loss at home to the Los Angeles Chargers, did his part by making seven tackles (six solo) with two for loss and recovered a fumble.  

There are 14 former Ducks currently on NFL rosters and practice squads. Scroll below to find out how they performed over the weekend. 

Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, Beavers and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

 

 ARIZONA CARDINALS

None. 

 

 ATLANTA FALCONS

 

Score: Atlanta won 31-24 over Carolina.  

  • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Started at left guard but was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a torn triceps suffered against  Carolina. Levitre will likely miss the rest of the season, according to reports. 
  • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Started at fullback and appeared in 12 plays on offense and five on special teams. 

 

 BALTIMORE RAVENS

Score: Lost 34-23 at Cincinnati.

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent in on the practice squad. 
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: Started at linebacker and had eight tackles, three solo. Also had one quarterback hurry.  

 

 BUFFALO BILLS

 

Score: Lost 31-20 to the Los Angeles Chargers. 

  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Is on the team's practice squad.  
  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Started at safety and had seven tackles, six solo. Also recovered a fumble and had two tackles for loss. 

 

 CAROLINA PANTHERS

Score: Lost 31-24 at Atlanta. 

  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Started at outside linebacker and had two solo tackles. 

 

 

 CHICAGO BEARS

Score: Won 24-17 over Seattle. 

  • Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks, guard: Started at right guard. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 

 

 

 CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

Score: Won 34-23 over Baltimore. 

  • Jake Fisher, Oregon Ducks, offensive tackle: Appeared in one play on offense and four on special teams. 

 

 

 CLEVELAND BROWNS

 

Score: Lost 21-18 at New Orleans.  

  • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Started and had five solo tackles and forced two fumbles and one recovery. 

 

 DALLAS COWBOYS

 

Score: Won 20-13 over the New York Giants. 

 

 DENVER BRONCOS

Score: Won 20-19 over Oakland. 

  • Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks, running back: Scored his first NFL touchdown from one yard out. Carried the ball eight times for 28 yards. 

 

 DETROIT LIONS

 

Score: Lost 30-27 at San Francisco. 

 

 

 GREEN BAY PACKERS 

None. 

 

 HOUSTON TEXANS

 

Score: Lost 20-17 at Tennessee.

  • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Started at the "Jack" linebacker and had three solo tackles. 

 

 

 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

 

None. 

 

 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

 

None. 

 

KANSAS CITY

 

Score: Won 42-37 at Pittsburgh. 

  • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had eight tackles, four solo, and defended one pass. 
  • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks, wide receiver: Had a 48-yard punt return and recovered a fumble. Last week, Thomas forced a fumble on special teams. 

 

 

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Score: Won 31-20 at Buffalo. 

  • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Started and three passes for 48 yards. 

 

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS

 

Score: Won 34-0 over Arizona. 

  • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Caught seven passes for 159 yards. 
  • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted twice for 102 yards, an average of 51 yards per punt. Also made a 20-yard field goal and an extra point. 
  • Troy Hill, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Played but did not have a tackle. 
  • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
  • Johnny Mundt, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Appeared in six special teams plays. 
  • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had one assisted tackle and one quarterback hurry.  

 

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

 

Score: Miami won 20-12 over the New York Jets.

  • Kiko Alonso, Oregon Ducks, linebacker: Started at outside linebacker and had 13 solo tackles and two forced fumbles. 

 

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

 

Score: Tied 29-29 at Green Bay in OT. 

  • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Started at right tackle and played all 73 offensive snaps. 

 

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Score: Lost 31-20 at Jacksonville.  

  • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Punted four times for 222 yards, an average of 55.5 yards per punt. 
  • Kenjon Barner, Oregon Ducks, running back: Inactive. 
  • Patrick Chung, Oregon Ducks, safety: Had three solo tackles. 

 

 

 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

 

Score: Won 21-18 over Cleveland.  

Max Unger, Oregon Ducks, center: Started at center.

 

 NEW YORK GIANTS

 

Score: Lost 20-13 at Dallas. 

  • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon Ducks, running back: The backup carried the ball twice for one. 
  • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made three field goals of 28 and 38 yards.   

 

 

NEW YORK JETS

 

None. 

 

 OAKLAND RAIDERS

 

None. 

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

 

Score: Lost 21-18 at Tampa Bay. 

  • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Had one tackle on special teams.  
  • Haloti Ngata, Oregon Ducks, defensive tackle: Appeared in 36 snaps and had one assisted tackle. 
  • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Appeared in four offensive snaps.

 

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

 

Score: Lost 42-27 to Kansas City.   

  • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in 10 special teams plays.  

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

 

Score: Won 30-27 over Detroit. 

  • Arik Armstead, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at right defensive end. Had three solo tackles, one for loss, and two quarterback hurries. 
  • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver:  Did not play. Serving four game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 
  • DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at left defensive end. Had five solo tackles with one sack an two quarterback hurries. 

 

 

 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

Score: Lost 24-17 at Chicago. 

  • Ed Dickson, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Out with an injury.  
  • Dion Jordan, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Played but did not record a tackle. 

 

 

 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

 

Score: Won 21-18 over Philadelphia. 

  • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Had five carries for 13 yards.  

 

 

 TENNESSEE TITANS

 

Score: Won 20-17 over Houston.  

  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks, quarterback: Mariota did not play (elbow). 

 

 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Score: Lost 21-9 at home to Indianapolis. 

 

Eubanks signs two-way deal with Spurs

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Eubanks signs two-way deal with Spurs

The Oregon State Beaver who went undrafted out of college is officially a San Antonio Spur.

First reported by Shams Charania, Senior NBA Insider/Writer/Analyst for Stadium and The Athletic, Eubanks, who played for the Spurs during NBA Summer League and averaged 5.1 ppg and 2.4 rpg, in 13.6 minutes per game, officially signed a two-way contract with San Antonio this morning. 

A two-way contract, just introduced this season, allows the player to spend a finite amount of time with their respective NBA team and the rest of their season with a G-League affiliate. 

Eubanks will join alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, and former USC PF Chimezie Metu. 

 #ProBeavs

Behind the scenes with Jonathan Smith

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Behind the scenes with Jonathan Smith

All season long the Beavers are documenting Jonathan Smith's first season as head coach with a mini docuseries called The Return. Oregon State has been releasing new episodes on thier facebook page, and this week we got episode three - The Details. As usual, it is a must watch for any Oregon State fan. Check it out. 

Week 1 NFL ProBeavs: CB Steven Nelson helps lead KC's defense

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Week 1 NFL ProBeavs: CB Steven Nelson helps lead KC's defense

Kansas City defensive back Steven Nelson helped lead his team to a 38-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. 

The former Oregon State star  contributed eight tackles, one solo, and defended one pass in the upset victory.  The former third-round pick is in his fourth season with Kansas City. 

Former OSU defensive tackle Kyle Peko, who appeared in six games last season with Denver, started on Sunday for the Broncos in a 27-24 win over Seattle. He had two assisted tackles during his 25 snaps of action. 

There are 14 former Beavers currently on NFL rosters and practice squads. Scroll below to find out how they performed over the weekend. 

Below is a team-by-team list of former Beavers, Ducks, and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

 

 ARIZONA CARDINALS

None. 

 

 ATLANTA FALCONS

 

Score: Atlanta lost 18-14 at Philadelphia. 

  • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Started at left guard. 
  • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Started at fullback for one play. Did not touch the ball. Appeared in 10 total snaps, nine on special teams.  

 

 

 BALTIMORE RAVENS

Score: Won 47-3 over Buffalo.

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent in on the practice squad. 
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: Started at linebacker and had one tackle. 

 

 

 BUFFALO BILLS

 

Score: Lost 47-3 at Baltimore. 

  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Started at safety and had eight tackles, four solo. 

 

 

 CAROLINA PANTHERS

Score: Won 16-8 over Dallas. 

  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Started at outside linebacker and had one assisted tackle. 

 

 

 CHICAGO BEARS

Score: Lost 27-26 at Green Bay. 

  • Kyle Long, Oregon, guard: Started at right guard. Had a tackle following a Bears' turnover. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 

 

 

 CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

Score: Won 34-23 at Indianapolis. 

  • Jake Fisher, Oregon, offensive tackle: Appeared in one game as an eligible receiver but did not get targeted for a pass.

 

 

 CLEVELAND BROWNS

 

Score: Tied 21-21 against Pittsburgh. 

  • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon, defensive back: Started and had six tackles with one pass defended. 

 

 

 DALLAS COWBOYS

 

Score: Lost 16-8 at Carolina. 

 

 DENVER BRONCOS

Score: Won 27-24 over Seattle. 

  • Royce Freeman, Oregon, running back: Carried the ball 15 times for 71 yards. 
  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Started at nose tackle and had two unassisted tackles. Appeared in 25 snaps. 

 

 DETROIT LIONS

 

Score: Lost 48-17 at home to the New York Jets. 

  • LeGarrette Blount, Oregon, running back: Started and had four carries for negative three yards and was injured in the game. 
  • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, offensive tackle: Did not play. 

 

 

 GREEN BAY PACKERS 

None. 

 

 HOUSTON TEXANS

 

Score: Lost 27-20 at New England.

  • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Played in 23 snaps on special teams.

 

 

 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

 

None. 

 

 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

 

None. 

 

KANSAS CITY

 

Score: Won 38-28 at the Los Angeles Chargers. 

  • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had eight tackles, four solo, and defended one pass. 
  • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, wide receiver: Caught one pass for one yard but it was good for a touchdown in the third quarter. Also returned two kickoffs for 33 yards. Had one tackle on special teams, forcing a fumble. 

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Score: Lost 38-28 to Kansas City. 

  • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Started and caught two passes for eight yards, including a four-yard touchdown reception. 

 

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS

 

Score: Won 33-13 at Oakland. 

  • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Caught five passes for 87 yards and carried the ball one time for six yards. 
  • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted twice for 117 yards, an average of 58.5 per punt. 
  • Troy Hill, Oregon, defensive back: Played but did not have a tackle. 
  • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
  • Johnny Mundt, Oregon, tight end: Played but no receptions. 
  • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had three tackles, one solo. 

 

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

 

  • Kiko Alonso, Oregon, linebacker: Started at outside linebacker and had six tackles and one interception against former UO teammate, quarterback Marcus Mariota. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

 

Score: Won 24-16 over San Francisco. 

  • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Started at right tackle and played all 71 snaps. 

 

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Score: Won 27-20 over Houston. 

  • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Punted six times for 281 yards, an average of 46.8 per punt. 
  • Patrick Chung, Oregon, safety: Had four tackles, three solo. 

 

 

 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

 

Score: Lost 48-40 to Tampa Bay. 

Max Unger, Oregon, center: Started at center.

 

 NEW YORK GIANTS

 

Score: Lost 20-15 vs. Jacksonville. 

  • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, running back: The backup carried the ball twice for eight yards. 
  • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made three field goals of 27, 31 and 44 yards.  

 

 

NEW YORK JETS

 

None. 

 

 OAKLAND RAIDERS

 

None. 

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

 

Score: Won 18-14 over Atlanta. 

  • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Appeared in 22 snaps, all on special teams. 
  • Haloti Ngata, Oregon, defensive tackle: Appeared in 20 snaps, three on special teams. Had one tackle for loss negated by a holding penalty on the offense. 
  • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Appeared in five offensive snaps and two on special teams. 

 

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

 

Score: Tied 21-21 at Cleveland.  

  • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in 11 special teams plays.  

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

 

Score: Lost 24-16 at Minnesota. 

  • Arik Armstead, Oregon, defensive end: Started at right defensive end. Had five tackles, three solo, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback hurry. 
  • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver:  Did not play. Serving four game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 
  • DeForest Buckner, Oregon, defensive end: Started at left defensive end. Had seven tackles, three solo and 2 1/2 sacks plus another half of a tackle for loss. 

 

 

 

 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

Score: Lost 27-24 at Denver. 

  • Ed Dickson, Oregon, tight end: Out with an injury.  
  • Dion Jordan, Oregon, defensive end: Appeared in 15 plays and had one quarterback hurry and one pass defended. 

 

 

 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

 

Score: Won 48-40 at New Orleans. 

  • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: EHad two carries for one yard and one reception for two yards. 

 

 

 TENNESSEE TITANS

 

Score: Lost 27-20 at Miami. 

  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon, quarterback: Mariota finished 9 of 16 or 103 yards with the two interceptions. He injured his right arm early in the game, came back, threw two interceptions and then left the game for good. He said later that his right hand felt numb. 

[RELATED: Titans await word on severity of Marcus Mariota's injury]

 

 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  • Byron Marshall, Oregon, running back: Entering third season, second with Washington.  

 

 

Pat Casey announces his retirement

Pat Casey announces his retirement

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pat Casey, the winningest coach in Oregon State Athletics history, announced Thursday his retirement from coaching after 24 years in Corvallis and 31 seasons at the collegiate level.

He claimed 900 victories at Oregon State, with the last coming in the final game of the 2018 College World Series as the Beavers won their third national championship.

While coaching at Oregon State, his teams made six visits to the College World Series, and won 21 games in Omaha, among the most in CWS history. His teams made 13 total trips to the postseason, accounting for 64 of Oregon State baseball’s 69 all-time victories.

Casey coached 21 players who have since appeared at the Major League level, and countless others who have gone on to successful careers off the field.

“I would first like to thank all the players who have given me the opportunity and honor to coach them over the last 31 years,” Casey said. “Your dedicated commitment has truly made the journey what it is and made what we do more than special; I will be forever grateful. You have left me with memories I will never forget. You are true warriors.

“Thank you to our coaching staff at Oregon State – your work ethic and loyalty are second-to-none; each and every one is the absolute best. We’ve had so many great times on and off the field which will never be forgotten. And to all the coaches and support staff members I’ve gotten to work with over so many years, I thank you all. Additionally, thank you to the members of the administration at Oregon State for your support throughout the years.

“To my wife, Susan, and my family, thank you for being there every step of the way.

“I don’t have enough space or time to thank all the individuals who I’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout the years. You know who you are and I want to thank each and every one of you.

“I also want to thank Beaver Nation for being the best baseball fans in America. We all truly appreciate your support.

“I have always expected that I be at the same level at which we ask our players day in and day out, and right now, I’m not sure I can’t do that, but I’m also not certain I can. Therefore, I believe it is the right time to step down as head coach of the Oregon State baseball program.

“I would like to thank Ed Ray and Scott Barnes for giving me the opportunity to remain with Oregon State and the athletic department.”

“I’ve truly been blessed.”
Casey will remain at Oregon State as a Senior Associate Athletics Director/Special Assistant to Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes.

“It’s very difficult to put into words what Coach Casey has done for Oregon State University, the state of Oregon, college baseball overall and the tremendous impact he has made on the lives of so many young people during his coaching career,” Barnes said. “While I’m saddened to lose Coach Casey in the dugout; I’m thrilled to have Coach Casey remain on staff to serve as an ambassador for our department, be a mentor for other coaches, and play a role in fundraising.”

Barnes announced on Thursday that Pat Bailey, who served as an assistant coach and associate head coach under Casey for 11 seasons at Oregon State, has been named interim head coach. A national search will begin at the conclusion of the 2019 season.
Casey came to Oregon State in 1995 after seven seasons as the head coach at George Fox. During his tenure with the Beavers, he won 900 games – 1,071 all-time with 171 at George Fox – which ranks sixth in Pac-12 Conference history. His .662 winning percentage is good for 13th in conference history, and third amongst coaches this century.Casey, whose hometown is Newberg, Ore., was named national coach of the year by at least one organization five times: in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2017 and 2018. The honors followed national championships in 2006, 2007 and 2018.

OSU is the only program to ever win six elimination games in Omaha, doing so in 2006 and 2018. The Beavers also became just the fifth program in NCAA history to win back-to-back national titles and were the first Northern school to win a championship in more than 40 years.

In his last two seasons, Casey guided the Beavers to a 111-18-1 record, the second-most wins over a two-year stretch in conference history. OSU went 57-6 (.905) at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field over that stretch; the Beavers posted winning records at home in 21 of Casey’s 24 seasons at the helm.

A total of 116 players have been drafted by MLB organizations since 1995, with eight going in the first round, including a school-record three in 2018 (Nick Madrigal, Trevor Larnach and Cadyn Grenier). Twenty-one of those selections have played in the Major Leagues, with a school-record 11 appearing at the game’s highest level in 2017.

Casey’s teams have been recognized with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award for three consecutive years. The Beavers are the only team from the Pac-12 to be recognized during that stretch, and one of 15 nationally to earn the honor all three years. In the last three seasons alone, Oregon State has seen 43 student-athletes named Pac-12 All-Academic, which leads the conference.

He was recognized significantly twice leading up to the 2010 season. First, Casey was named the top collegiate coach of the previous decade by Baseball America, and the Beavers, as a team, were recognized as the No. 2 program, just behind Texas.

Following that recognition, he and his wife, Susan, were the recipients of the Nell and John Wooden Coaching Achievement Award. The honor goes to a head coach and their spouse for their dedication to success on the field and in making an impact on the lives of their players.

ABOUT PAT CASEY

- 900 wins at Oregon State. His 900th win came in the 2018 national title game versus Arkansas. Leaves as the winningest coach in Oregon State Athletics history.- All-time record 1,071-572-7 (.651) with a 171-114-1 (.600) mark at George Fox. Final record of 900-468-6 (.662) at Oregon State. He averaged nearly 46 wins per year over his last eight seasons.

- Named the Pac-10/12 Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2017.

- Won 50 or more games four times: 50 in 2006, 52 in 2013, 56 in 2017 and 55 in 2018. He is the only coach in program history to win 50 in a single-season.

- Totaled 40 or more wins nine times during his tenure at Oregon State.

- Mentored 24 players who were named an All-American at least once. Twenty-one players were recognized as Freshman All-Americans.

- Thirteen players went on to play for the Team USA Collegiate National Team. Two more – Jordan Lennerton and Carter Bell – played for Team Canada. Brian Barden, who played for Casey from 2000-02, played in the 2008 Olympics for Team USA.

- Ben Bertrand (1998), Mitch Canham (2007) and Jake Thompson (2017) earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors under Casey.

Pat Casey -- the greatest college coach this state has seen -- hangs up his cap

Pat Casey -- the greatest college coach this state has seen -- hangs up his cap

Three national college baseball championships in 12 years. In damp old Oregon.

Yes, I believe that retiring Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey is the very best college coach -- in any sport -- we've ever seen in this state.

Sure, you can make a case for the great Bill Bowerman, the late track and field coach at Oregon. But he's the only other one I can think of on Casey's level in the long history of sports in this state.

And understand, baseball is unlike coaching any other sport in high school or college in this area. When they name you head basketball coach around here, they don't ask you to build your own gym. But baseball is different. Casey built a winning program and he built a ballpark for it to play in. He had to -- that program couldn't have accomplished what it did without a better ballpark than what Casey inherited, which wasn't much more than a backstop and a few sets of bleachers. And then, oh yes, then you have to practice and play through days and days of rain.

Casey won games, captured championships, raised money for the university and developed his players to handle the real world, be it in professional baseball or professional business. He was a true leader, on and off the field.

What else is there?

He did it with an unassuming and often self-deprecating manner -- never spoiled by the success he attained. When he took over at Oregon State, the sunbelt schools of the then Pac-10 would barely consent to play the schools in the Pacific Northwest. And he would go on to beat the pants off most of them when he got his program geared up.

He's mellowed a lot over the years from the prickly coach he used to be, but he still demanded hard work and excellence from his players. When things didn't go well -- which wasn't often over the last dozen seasons -- he would often shoulder the blame rather than pass it on to his players.

From the time when I first met him, when he was a freshman trying to earn playing time on the basketball court at the University of Portland, he's been a pleasure to be around. He was, by the way,  one of the best all-around high school athletes in Oregon history. I hope retirement works for him. I hope it's peaceful and is as gratifying as winning a national championship.

I also hope that his loyal coaching staff of Pat Bailey, Nate Yeskie and Andy Jenkins stays intact and that it moves past the challenge of the upcoming season, with Bailey carrying around an "interim" tag that he doesn't deserve (which could hurt recruiting).

As for Casey, I'd expect him back in baseball at some point in the future. It's a well-known axiom in the game that you can grip the baseball for a long time before you realize how much it grips you.

 

 

 

ProBeavs on NFL 53-man rosters; Ryan Nall to Bears' practice squad

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ProBeavs on NFL 53-man rosters; Ryan Nall to Bears' practice squad

Former Oregon State running back Ryan Nall was released by the Chicago Bears over the weekend. But he wasn't without a job long. Chicago instantly signed Nall to its practice squad. 

NFL teams reduced their rosters to 53 over the weekend and each team was able to add up to 10 players to its practice squad. 

The Los Angeles Rams continue to be the most loaded with former Beavers. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks is on his third team in five years but could find his way in another Super Bowl with the Rams. Punter Johnny Hekker is a four-time Pro Bowler entering his seventh season. The Rams' backup quarterback is Sean Mannion

Former OSU linebacker D.J. Alexander found himself released by the Bears only to be then signed by Philadelphia. 

There are 14 former Beavers currently on NFL rosters and practice squads. 

Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters following the final roster cut down. If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

 

 ARIZONA CARDINALS

None. 

 ATLANTA FALCONS

 

  • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Entering his 10th season. 
  • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Spent last season on Baltimore's practice squad. Signed with Atlanta on May 18. 

 

RELEASED: Atlanta released guard Sean Harlow, Oregon State. The 2017 fourth-round pick spent all of last season inactive. 

 

 BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent was release and then resigned to the practice squad. 
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: Entering his third season. Appeared in 16 games last season and finished with 90 total tackles. 

 

 BUFFALO BILLS

 

  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Entering his sixth season. Intercepted five passes in 2017. 

 

 CAROLINA PANTHERS

  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Entering his fourth season. Had 19 tackles last season. 

 

RELEASED: Carolina released running back Kenjon Barner, Oregon, and tight end Evan Baylis, Oregon.

 

 CHICAGO BEARS

 

  • Kyle Long, Oregon, guard: Entering his sixth season. A three-time Pro Bowl player. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: The undrafted rookie free agent was eleased and then signed to the Bears' practice squad. 

 

RELEASED: Center Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, was released after three seasons. Chicago also released long snapper Tanner Carew, Oregon. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Seattle but was cut during training camp leading to the Bears picking him up. 

 

 CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

  • Jake Fisher, Oregon, offensive tackle: Entering his fourth season. Has started 11 career games. 

 

 CLEVELAND BROWNS

 

  • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon, defensive back: Intercepted four passes last season for Kansas City. 

 

RELEASED: Cleveland released offensive lineman Fred Lauina, Oregon State. He had been signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in May. 

 

 DALLAS COWBOYS

 

  • Tyree Robinson, Oregon, safety: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. 

 

 DENVER BRONCOS

  • Royce Freeman, Oregon, running back: Denver selected Oregon's all-time leading rusher in the third round last spring. 
  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Denver released Peko and then resigned him to the practice squad. 

 

 DETROIT LIONS

 

  • LeGarrette Blount, Oregon, running back: Rushed for 766 yards last season for the Super Bowl champion Eagles. 
  • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, offensive tackle: Selected in the fifth round last spring. 

 

RELEASED: Cornerback DeShawn Shead, Portland State. Shead missed most of last season with Seattle with a knee injury suffered the year before. Detroit also cut wide receiver Jace Billingsley, Eastern Oregon. He appeared in two games last season. 

 

 GREEN BAY PACKERS 

None. 

 

 HOUSTON TEXANS

 

  • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Entering his third season. Appeared in 18 games over the past two seasons. 

 

RELEASED: Cornerback Treston Decoud, Oregon State. He appeared in 10 games last season. 

 

 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

 

None. 

 

 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

 

None. 

RELEASED: Running back Tim Cook, Oregon State. The undrafted rookie free agent in 2017 is entering his second season. Jacksonville also released undrafted rookie free agent linebacker Manase Hungalu, Oregon State.

 

KANSAS CITY

 

  • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Entering his fourth season. Nelson has appeared in 36 career games.  
  • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, wide receiver: Entering his fifth season. Has 61 career receptions. 

 

RELEASED: Kansas City released cornerback Arrion Springs, Oregon, bought brought him back to the team's practice squad.

 

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

 

  • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Entering his fourth season. Has 1,877 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns for his career. 

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS

 

  • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: On his third team in five years. Has three seasons of 1,000 receiving yards or more for his career. 
  • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: The four-time Pro Bowler enters his seventh season. Averaged 47.9 yards per punt last season. 
  • Troy Hill, Oregon, defensive back: Entering his fourth season. Hill has appeared in 24 NFL games. 
  • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Entering his third season. 
  • Johnny Mundt, Oregon, tight end: Undrafted rookie free agent from 2017. 
  • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: The five-time Pro Bowler joined the Rams over the offseason. 

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

 

  • Kiko Alonso, Oregon, linebacker: The sixth-year pro had 115 tackles last season. 

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

 

  • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Entering his sixth season in the NFL. 

 

RELEASED: The Vikings released guard Josh Andrews, Oregon State. He spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad. 

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Entering his sixth season, all with the Patriots. Has a career punting average of 45.3 yards. 
  • Patrick Chung, Oregon, safety: Entering his 10th season, eighth with the Patriots. 

 

RELEASED: Safety Eddie Pleasant, Oregon. Spent six seasons with Houston. 

 

 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

 

Max Unger, Oregon, center: The two-time Pro Bowl player is entering his ninth season. 

RELEASED: The Saints released wide receiver Josh Huff, Oregon. New Orleans also released defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux, Oregon. He was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. 

 

 NEW YORK GIANTS

 

  • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, running back: Rushed for 7,318 yards in 10 seasons with Carolina. 
  • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made 18 of 25 field goal attempts last season. 

 

NEW YORK JETS

 

None. 

RELEASED: The Jets released linebacker Obum Gwacham, Oregon State. He has appeared in 14 NFL games during his three-year career.  

 

 OAKLAND RAIDERS

 

None. 

RELEASED: Oakland released offensive lineman Cameron Hunt, Oregon. He spent last season on the 49ers' practice squad. The Raiders also released tight end Pharaoh Brown, Oregon. He signed as an undrafted rookie free agent last year and spent most of the season on the team's practice squad. 

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

 

  • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Cut by Seattle and then signed by the Eagles, 
  • Haloti Ngata, Oregon, defensive tackle: The five-time Pro Bowler is entering his 13th season. 
  • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Entering his third season. Has appeared in 23 games. 

 

RELEASED:  Philadelphia released offensive tackle Taylor Hart, Oregon. He was set to enter his fifths season. Linebacker Joe Walker, Oregon, was also released. He appeared in 12 games as a rookie last season. Former Oregon State wide receiver Marcus Wheaton was also released.   

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

 

  • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in 16 games last season.  Entering his third year. 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

 

  • Arik Armstead, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his fourth season. The former first-round pick appeared in just six games last year. 
  • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver:  Had 396 yards on kick off returns last season. He has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 
  • DeForest Buckner, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his second year after making 45 tackles last season. 

 

 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

  • Ed Dickson, Oregon, tight end: Entering his ninth season. Caught 30 passes for 437 yards last season. 
  • Dion Jordan, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his second season with Seattle. Had for sacks in five games last season. 

 

RELEASED: Linebacker D.J. Alexander, Oregon State. He later signed with Philadelphia. He has played three seasons withi 34 career tackles in 44 games. 

 

 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

 

  • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Entering his eighth season. Rushed for 244 yards last season with the Buccaneers.  

 

 TENNESSEE TITANS

 

  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon, quarterback: Entering his fourth season. Had a career low 13 touchdown passes last season. 

 

 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  • Byron Marshall, Oregon, running back: Entering third season, second with Washington.  

 

RELEASED: Washington released offensive lineman Alex Balducci, Oregon (Central Catholic H.S., Portland). 

 

Beavers Fall in Season Opener at No. 5 Ohio State

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Beavers Fall in Season Opener at No. 5 Ohio State

Artavis Pierce rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon State battled in its season opener on the road at No. 5 Ohio State on Saturday.

The Beavers (0-1, 0-0 Pac-12) dropped the decision to the Buckeyes (1-0, 0-0 Big 10), 77-31 in the third ever meeting between the two schools. The Beavers suited up 71 players on Saturday, 33 of which had never played in a Division I game.

Connor Blount finished the game with 169 yards through the air on 12-of-19 attempts with two touchdowns. Pierce rattled off 168 yards on the ground and two touchdowns behind 11 carries.

The Beavers found their way on the scoreboard early in the first quarter on a 49-yard strike from Connor Blount to Trevon Bradford tying the game at 7-7. This scoring play marked the longest pass and longest reception in both of their Beaver careers.

In similar fashion the pair connected once again in the waning moments of the first half. This time on a seven-yard touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone.
Ohio State held a 41-14 halftime lead.

The Beavers first offensive play of the second half, Pierce unleashed for an 80-yard touchdown run, pulling Oregon State within 49-21. The run from Pierce was the 8th-longest in Beaver history.

Pierce added to his impressive day on the field with another long touchdown run in the third quarter of 78 yards. Jordan Choukair added a 23-yard field goal finalizing the scoring for the Beavers.

Up Next
Oregon State hosts Southern Utah in its home opener next Saturday, Sept. 8 at Reser Stadium. Game time is set for 5 p.m. You can make all of your ticket purchases here.

Buckeyes vs Beavers: What you need to know before kickoff

Buckeyes vs Beavers: What you need to know before kickoff

It’s Game Day Eve! The Oregon State Beavers open up the 2018 season on the road against Ohio State on Saturday, starting the Jonathan Smith era against one of the best teams in college football.

Ohio State is ranked No.5 in the country but will be without head coach Urban Meyer. Meyer will be serving the first game of three-game suspension after an independent investigation found that Meyer failed to properly handle domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

Even without Meyer, the Buckeyes will be a challenge for Oregon State. Let’s get up to speed with all we need to know ahead of kickoff.

How to Watch:

Kickoff Time: 9:00 am

TV: KATU Channel 2

Radio: KEX (1190AM) and KPOJ (620AM)

Betting Line:

Ohio State -38.5, over/under 63.5

What we know about Ohio State:

Ohio State has been one of the best programs in all of college football over the last six seasons, going a combined 73-8 since 2012. Alabama, at 77-8, is the only school that has a better winning percentage over that same span. The Buckeyes finished 12-2 last season, won the Big Ten Conference, and beat USC in the Cotton Bowl Classic. This year, Ohio State is a favorite to make the College Football Playoff and win its ninth national title.

The Buckeye return 11 starters from last year’s team including All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Nick Bosa. Running back J.K. Dobbins also returns after setting a freshman rushing record in 2017 with 1,403 yards on the ground.

Under center for the Buckeyes will be sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins passed for 565 yards and 4 touchdowns last season and will be making his first start when Oregon State comes to town.

What we know about Oregon State:

Nearly two decades ago Jonathan Smith was the star quarterback for an Oregon State team that went 11-1 and won the Fiesta Bowl. Now, he is running the show in Corvallis as a first-year head coach.

While Ohio State has been one of the best teams in college football in recent years, Oregon State has been one of the worst. The Beavers have gone just 12-36 since 2014, which is the fourth worst winning percentage in college football over that span. Smith hopes to use is knowledge of Oregon State, and the skills he learned from Washington head coach Chris Petersen, to finally turn the program back around.

It will be no easy task, made even harder by starting on the road at Ohio State.

Players to watch for Oregon State:

- Quarterback Jake Luton: Luton beat out Conor Blount to win the starting quarterback position, and a strong showing against Ohio State will show that coach Smith made the right choice. Luton missed most of last season after suffering a spine injury against Washington State, so just seeing him on the field will be a nice sight for Oregon State fans. Luton may not be the playmaker that Blount is, but he does have a better arm. The Beavers may have to rely on that arm to keep this game close.

- Running Back Artavis Pierce: Pierce is just a bruiser of a back, but didn’t he didn’t see much time on the field last season. To no fault of his own, Oregon State was stacked at running back. He had to play behind current Chicago Bears rookie Ryan Nall and former Oregon Duck Thomas Tyner. Now that they have both moved on, Pierce really gets to showcase his talents. He is poised for a breakout season and if he can run against Ohio State, he can run against anyone.

- Linebacker Jonathan Willis: The Beavers had one of the worst defenses in college football last season, allowing an average of 469.2 yards (114th) and 44 points (127th) per game. Oregon State lost some key returners this offseason, but Willis wasn’t one of them. He, like Pierce, is poised for a breakout season and will be key to stopping the Ohio State running game. When Dobbins runs up the gut, Willis will be there to meet him.

How Oregon State can pull the upset:

The key to winning this game comes down to the running game, on both sides of the ball. Oregon State needs to establish their running game and stop Ohio State’s. If Oregon State can bottle up Dobbins, it will force Haskins to step up. Can the sophomore quarterback do that in his first start? As for the Oregon State offense, if Pierce can get going it will take a ton of pressure off Jake Luton. The last thing Oregon State needs it for Luton to press the issue in his return to the field. That is where mistakes happen, and turnovers will instantly derail Oregon State. Establish the run, set the tempo, play your game. That is how you can beat Ohio State, but it doesn’t mean you will.

Prediction:

Unfortunately, Ohio State is just too good for Oregon State to matchup with for a full four quarters. Oregon State may keep it close early, but Ohio State pulls away late.

Final Score: Ohio State 52 – Oregon State 10.