When Isaiah Hodgins committed to Oregon State, many seemed surprised by the decision given his status of a four star recruit. Hodgins held offers from Washington, Florida State, Michigan, and Oregon who was where 247’s Crystal Ball predictions had him landing.
He joined the Talkin’ Beavers podcast recently and reminisced about his recruiting process. Preparing for the NFL was a primary factor in selecting Oregon State:
“There was a lot of places I would have gotten some buzz in college...but they wouldn’t have prepared me the best for the NFL.”
On his visit to Oregon State, he talked to current Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks who helped sell him on the program. Hodgins said he remembered hearing all the names of Beavers wide receivers that came through Oregon State and made their way onto NFL rosters. That list left an impression, and he aspires to be on that list one day.
However, nowadays he tries to not think about the NFL too much because he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself. Wants to be known as one of the hardest working players to come through Oregon State and be as productive on the field as possible.
“A lot of people that think about [the NFL] do tend to get ahead of themselves, and that’s when their play starts to die down.”
Hodgins, the son of former-NFL fullback James Hodgins, credits the example his Dad set for him taking his time and finding the right fit for him. He says watching how greats such as Larry Fitzgerald approached the game showed him what he needed to.
Listen to the full podcast below:
The Oregon State Beavers (4-5, 3-3 Pac-12) have three games left remaining in the season, but just one of those will be played at Reser Stadium. Therefore, this week’s game against Arizona State (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) will be Senior Day.
Head coach Jonathan Smith discussed the occasion at his weekly Monday press conference.
I appreciate them a ton because...going through multiple coaches is not easy. It’s unsettling. And they’ve bought in and worked really hard. I think they have improved and they’ve improved this program over the year and a half we’ve been here.
Oregon State’s senior class was all recruited by former Beavers head coach Gary Andersen, who resigned in the midst of a 1-11 season in 2017. Jonathan Smith was hired to take over the program the following offseason, who coincidentally knew how his players were feeling.
Before he coached, Smith was the quarterback at Oregon State and played under both Mike Riley and Dennis Erickson. After Riley left to coach the San Diego Chargers in 1998, Erickson in is second season led the Beavers to one of their most iconic seasons that ended with a 41-9 victory over Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.
You can hear Smith’s full thoughts on Senior Day and the current senior class in the video above.
Oregon State has had some spectacular running backs throughout the years. Steven Jackson remains near the top of that list.
The former Beaver RB returned to Reser Stadium to watch his alma mater take on the Washigton Huskies on Friday night. When asked about the trio of Jermar Jefferson, Artavis Pierce and BJ Baylor, Jackson had the following to say:
You know that [trio] is amazing. Those guys are effective. They continue to get the job done.
Jackson ran for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns as a Beaver. He was the 24th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams which began his great professional career.
You can watch his full interview above.
It’s not everyday a Super Bowl champion arrives to Reser Stadium.
However, attending the Beavers’ game against the Washington Huskies on Friday night was former Beaver Isaac Seumalo. His younger brother, Noah Seumalo, plays for the Beavers as an Inside Linebacker.
Isaac Saumalo currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles and won Super Bowl 50 as apart of the team. He also enrolled at Oregon State as one of their highest rated recruits in school history. He lived up to his potential and was drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
He had the following to say about seeing his brother play for the Beavers.
I love seeing him play...that’s the real reason I’m out here. The game is a bonus, but it’s always great. I love seeing him.
You can watch his full interview above.
It was a night to forget for the Oregon State offense.
With the Beavers looking to have a winning record this late into the season for the first time since 2013, they fell to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play. To make matters worse, on a day where the Beavers defense held the Huskies to their second lowest point total of the season, the offense was shut out. If not for a garbage time touchdown by the second string against Utah, tonight would have been the second home game this season where the offense was shut out.
Following a game where the offense had 119 yards of total offense, senior quarterback Jake Luton recapped the loss.
We struggled in every facet of the game and so it’s definitely frustrating ...we're going to have to watch the tape and improve. We can only go up from here.
Luton later said the loss will hurt and he’ll let it hurt for a day before moving on to preparing for Arizona State next weekend.
You can watch the full interview in the video above.
A familiar face appeared in Reser.
Adley Rutschman returned to Corvallis and was recognized for winning the 2019 Golden Spikes award. The Beaver faithful gave him an ovation at the end of the first quarter timeout in Oregon State’s contest against the Washington Huskies on Friday night.
The award is given out annually to the best amateur baseball player in the nation. Not only did Rutschman win the award last season, but he also won the National Championship in 2018 and was selected first overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2019 MLB Draft.
At the recognition, Rutschman was surrounded by “family” --- his parents, friends, former teammates and his old coach Pat Casey.
Rutschman discussed the occasion.
It’s an unbelievable feeling. I feel right at home...to have Beaver Nation recognize me. It’s all I could ask for... I just feel extremely supported and extremely humbled to be a part of this.
You can watch the full video above.
It was a rough night in Corvallis as the Beavers had an opportunity to put a little pressure on the north division leading Ducks with a win over Washington.
Here are three quick takeaways from the game:
1. The secondary has improved
The Beaver defense played well tonight. Specifically, Oregon State had solid coverage downfield in the secondary and protected well against the deep ball. Looking back at previous games, you couldn't say this was the case. Jaydon Grant had a pick six in the third quarter to make it 13-7 which gave the Beavs some hope in the second half.
2. What happened to the offense?
While the defense was the bright spot, the offense was a big problem tonight. This is seemingly the exact opposite problem the Beavs had in the first part of the season. Luton was constantly pressured all night long as the offensive line was unable to protect him. Luton also made several bad throws including an interception. The Beavers starting offense was shut out at home for the second time this season (first was against Utah).
3. Beavs need Hodgins to be more involved
Hodgins finished with just 4 catches for 33 yards and that is simply not good enough. He needs more targets and the OSU offense is going to have to find creative ways to get him the ball downfield. There were far too many short passes that resulted in little or no gain. Hodgins is the Beavers big-play WR and he needs to be utilized as such.
Up Next: The Beavers will travel to Arizona State next Saturday.
The Oregon State Beavers (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12) look to get one game closer to a bowl appearance when they host the Washington Huskies (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) at Reser Stadium at 7:30.
The Beavers haven't had a winning record this late into the season since 2014 and haven't qualified for a bowl game since 2013. The Huskies were chosen to win the Pac-12 North by the media in the preseason but have greatly underwhelmed. However, they're still capable of beating anyone in the conference given their close losses to Oregon and Utah.
The Beavers haven't defeated the Husies since 2011. They also haven't won a conference home game since 2016. They'll look to end both streaks against their foes from up north.
Ron Callan and Dylan Mickanen will also be covering the game so follow along on social media.
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The Oregon State Beavers (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12) are seeking a winning record for the first time this late into the season since 2013.
However, they have a date with the Washington Huskies (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) under the Friday night lights in Corvallis. The Huskies entered this season as the Pac-12 media favorites to win the North division and have underwhelmed. But, records aside, UW is still a competitive team. They held late leads against two AP top ten teams in Oregon and Utah, before ultimately coming up short.
Senior offensive lineman Blake Brandel and the Beavers are not underestimating the Huskies.
They’re always going to have a solid team and it seems they’re a really well-coached group of guys. They do what they do and they do it well.
Beavers offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren spoke about the Huskies and their pesky defense on Tuesday’s media availability.
It will be a great challenge. Those guys are a physical front...and secondary I think those guys are really well coached and I think they’re really sound. They’re one of the better defenses in the conference and they have been for some time. It’ll be a challenge for us.
Brandel also weighed in on the Huskies’ defensive line.
Speaking about their D-line, those guys are fundamentally sound. The stuff that they do, it’s what every D-lineman should be doing but they’re really good at it.
The Beavers and Huskies play at Reser Stadium at 7:30 p.m. (PT) on Friday night.
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All month long in November, we are raising awareness for men's health and part of that is our HeadStrong documentary that is premiering here on NBC Sports Northwest tonight at 10pm after the Trail Blazers game.
One of the subjects of that documentary is our guest on this week's edition of The Bridge podcast, Nathan Braaten, former Oregon State soccer player. Braaten started the Dam Worth it Campaign raising awareness for mental health across Oregon State's campus and eventually to other universities across the country.
In the podcast, Braaten talks about the fine line between the mental toughness aspects of being an athlete and how that can cause a blurry line between being tough and not being okay:
We are rooted as athletes to just push through. We're rooted to push through adversity, through failure, through all these different things. A lot of times when mental health comes that feels like adversity, that feels like something else that we just need to push through...there isn't a clear line of when one becomes too much.
Braaten goes on to discuss the values of taking care of your mental health and how that can benefit athletes on the field and that strength really comes from asking for help.
You can listen to the entire podcast below as they cover the following topics as well:
- 4:30 Starting the Dam Worth It campaign
- 6:30 Dam Worth It mission statement
- 9:20 Balancing mental toughness with not being okay and how it can be tricky
- 11:00 Action steps taken to create the Dam Worth It Campaign
- 13:00 Athletic department's role in mental health and awareness
- 16:30 Next steps for Dam Worth It Campaign
- 18:00 Early frustrations in starting the program
- 19:00 Importance of having conversations about mental health
- 20:00 Looking ahead 5 or 10 years, what are your goals for the campaign?
- 22:00 Advice for incoming college freshman playing sports