NFL Week 2: A look at the Beavs around the league

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NFL Week 2: A look at the Beavs around the league

It was another fun Sunday of football in Week 2 of the NFL, and just like last week the Beavers represented well. Let's take a look around the league and see how the Pro Beavs did. 


Jordan Poyer - Bills: Poyer had two tackles and a pass deflection. It was another solid game from the Bills star defender. He put the defense on his back and down the stretch and laid out to grab the game-sealing interception.

Brandin Cooks and Johnny Hekker - Rams: Johnny Hekker did what Johnny Hekker does - He punts the ball, and he punts it well. Hekker punted four times with a long punt of 66 yards, and a 49.8 yard average on the day. His teammate Brandin Cooks played well, too. He was targeted just four times but turned that into three catches for 74 yards and a score. 

Steven Nelson - Steelers: - Nelson was one of the best players on the defensive side of the ball for the Steelers in their 28-26 loss to the Seahawks. Nelson had six tackles, five solos, and a pass deflection. 

Adley Rutschman is a fan of Mitch Canham

Adley Rutschman is a fan of Mitch Canham

Adley Rutschman spent most of his summer working his way up the Baltimore Orioles farm system, but with the minor league baseball season wrapped up, the former Oregon State star took the chance to return home to Corvallis. 

Rutschman was roaming the sideline of the Beavers homecoming game against Utah, and our Ron Callan got a chance to catch up with him. 

Among the topics he pitched to Rutschman was the hire of former Beaver Baseball star Mich Cahman to replace Pat Casey. 

Said Rutschmanm, "I love Mitch... being able to pick his brain before he was a head coach, you understand what a phenomenal human being his is. I am so happy to see him have the head coaching job now." 

You can hear the whole Rutschman interview in the video above. 

Can Isaiah Hodgins win the third Biletnikoff ​​​​​​​in school history?

Can Isaiah Hodgins win the third Biletnikoff ​​​​​​​in school history?

 

Isaiah Hodgins should terrify opposing defenses. 

The former four-star recruit has always been productive but his junior season has been nearly superhuman. He is second in the country in receptions (51), fourth in receiving yards (709), and tied for second in touchdowns (9). If those statistics somehow don’t impress you, he passes the eye test too: making contested catches, open constantly, and looking dominant in each game played thus far. 

His season has made Beavers fans question if they may have their third Biletnikoff Award winner in school history, an award given to the most outstanding receiver in the country in college football. Hodgins has to be one of the front runners for the award given Pro Football Focus currently ranks him as the nation’s top receiver. Previous Beavers to win the award are Mike Hass (2005) and Brandin Cooks (2013). 

Let’s take a look at where those Beavers were at five games into their respective seasons.

Mike Hass: 47 receptions, 831 yards, 4 touchdowns

Brandin Cooks: 52 receptions, 807 yards, 9 touchdowns

Hodgins is right on pace when it comes to receptions, but is lagging behind these two great seasons in receiving yards. His touchdown total, however, is tied with Cooks and is not only more than Hass through five games but Hodgins has already scored more touchdowns than Hass did that entire season (6). 

The key for Hodgins to win the award would be increasing his receiving yards because both Hass and Cooks led the country in that statistic. Hodgins trails Arkansas State wide receiver Omar Bayless by 134 yards. If we're looking at yards per game, Hodgins trails Bayless by 22.34 yards per game. 

Keep in mind that Bayless plays for a non-Power Five school which greatly lowers his chances of winning the award. Only three of the 24 winners didn’t play for a Power Five school, and coincidentally they won three years in a row in 1995-1997. For the last 22 years, a Power Five player has taken home the award. Of all Power Five players, Hodgins is second in receiving yards per game with 118.16, just .34 yards per game, or two total yards, behind current Power Five leader Sage Surratt of Wake Forest. 

Hodgins currently resides as one of 62 players to be on the Biletnikoff Award official watchlist, but he has to be among the favorites to win it. 

Also on the watchlist is last year’s winner of the Biletnikoff Award and a future first-round pick Jerry Jeudy of Alabama. Jeudy ended last season with 68 receptions, 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns for a team that barely played their starters in second halves. But this season, Hodgins has clearly outpaced him in every category since Jeudy has 38 receptions for 488 yards and 6 touchdowns. The main argument for Jeudy over Hodgins will be the qualities of the teams given their production thus far. 

Although interestingly, the team’s record doesn’t seem to be too large of an indicating factor in the award since Cooks’ team finished 7-6 and Hass’ team finished 5-6 missing a bowl game. As long as Oregon State remains competitive and wins a few more games this season, the quality of Hodgins’ team should not hurt him in the voting, given he has a significant statistical advantage over Jeudy and other receivers from ranked schools. 

When asked about if he’d rather win the Biletnikoff Award or four more games, Hodgins chose four more games. But, if Hodgins can keep up his pace and increase the receiving yardage by catching some long balls, I can easily foresee both a bowl game and a Biletnikoff Award in his future. 

Oregon State Basketball representing at Reser, excited for hoops season

Oregon State Basketball representing at Reser, excited for hoops season

The Oregon State Men's Basketball team was in the house at Reser for Saturday's football game and our own Ron Callan caught up with junior guard Ethan Thompson. 

Thompson, who tested the waters of the NBA, is excited to back:

It's a great experience to be back. I'm ready for this season, I learned a lot through that process (about) getting ready for the NBA and stuff like that but I'm glad to be back in Corvallis and looking for a big season ahead. 

You can watch the video above to see the whole interview with Ron and Ethan as they talk about the scrimmage and the potential of this year's men's basketball team. 

How can Oregon State fix the physicality issues faced vs. Utah?

How can Oregon State fix the physicality issues faced vs. Utah?

CORVALLIS - The Beavers (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) called Utah (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) “a really, really good team” this week. That may have been selling the Utes short.

Utah dominated the Beavers in all three phases of the game en route to a 52-7 victory at Reser Stadium.

The lone TD came in the final minute of the game:

After the game, the Beavers spoke to the media about the loss and had a similar message: Utah played much more physical than Oregon State. 

Jake Luton discussed the lack of success in the run game:

“We have to try and be more physical and try to implement the run game.” 

Hamilcar Rashed Jr also cited a lack of physicality for the loss.

“They just flat out outplayed us. We [weren’t] physical enough. We have six more games, we just have to be more physical. Simple as that.”

Now, the Beavers look ahead to traveling to play the California Golden Bears (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) who will be coming off a bye.

You can watch the entire clip above where quarterback Jake Luton, defensive back Jalen Moore, linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr., and offensive lineman Blake Blandel discuss the loss.

 

Dam Worth It doing big things at Oregon State

Dam Worth It doing big things at Oregon State

The Dam Worth It group is doing big things at Oregon State. The group's mission reads: 

Utilize the influential platform of sport to open up the conversation around mental health in the college environment and work to end the stigma. Making every team, every sport, and every student know that they are Dam Worth It.

The group rotates around to each athletic team's game or competition to host a #DamWorthIt night to bring awareness to mental health at OSU and across the NCAA. 

Our NBC Sports team caught up with two of the group's leaders before Oregon State's homecoming game vs. Utah to talk about the influence, value, and purpose of the movement. 

Watch the video above to hear from Lindsay and Kate on all the good work the Dam Worth It group is doing. 

Don't miss Headstrong: Mental Health and Sports which explores the factors that have led to an increase in mental health-related issues, as well as prevention, education, & impact.

Coming to NBC Sports Northwest in November. 

Watch the extended trailer & learn more here

Instant Analysis: Three takeaways from Oregon State's loss to Utah

Instant Analysis: Three takeaways from Oregon State's loss to Utah

The Oregon State Beavers hosted Utah for their second Pac-12 home game of the season on Saturday evening. Despite the festivities of the annual homecoming game, the Beavs were overmatched by the Utes in this one.

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. OSU needs Jermar Jefferson back

The Beavs running game struggled against Utah tonight. The Utes had not allowed a 100 yard rusher all season and that streak is still intact. OSU finished the game with only 48 rush yards on 22 attempts. OSU will need to find a way to move the ball on the ground more effectively and hopefully will have Jefferson back sooner than later. 

2. The defense is improved, but still not good enough

Much has been made about the improvements on the defensive side of the ball this season. To be fair, the defense has had their moments:

- They held Hawaii to 10 second half points.

- After an early first quarter score, they shut out Cal Poly the rest of the game.

But the playmaking and consistency is just not there yet, at any position. 

3. The Beavs have seen the blueprint

From Ron Callan: Utah showed the Beavs what continuity and consistency will get you with great recruiting. 

The formula has been successful, and Coach Smith and staff just need to keep their eye on the long-term, this is not going to be a quick fix. 

Up Next: Oregon State travels to Cal next weekend for an 11:30am kickoff. 

Check back throughout tonight and tomorrow for articles, videos with the players, and more Beavs content!

Oregon State in action vs. Utah in Corvallis

Oregon State in action vs. Utah in Corvallis

We've got Ron Callan and the NBC Sports team on the ground in Corvallis for tonight's Pac-12 matchup between the Beavers and the Utes!

At the half, OSU trails 35-0. However, let's hope that Coach Smith and his staff can rally the team at the break and come out for an improved second half performance and close the gap.

After the game we will have analysis, videos, and some special interviews from the homecoming festivities in Corvallis!

Be sure to follow along on Twitter and keep the #GoBeavs hashtag fresh for the latest updates from Corvallis. 

More Beavers:

Oregon State women's soccer team off to impressive turnaround
10 things to know about other Oregon State sports

Oregon State women's soccer team off to impressive turnaround

Oregon State women's soccer team off to impressive turnaround

 

To end last season, the Oregon State Women’s soccer team held a 2-17 record and did not bring back head coach Linus Rhode. Now under the new head coach, Matt Kagan, the Beavers have began the year on fire, to the surprise of many with a 9-2-1 record. 

“It’s amazing, it’s such a turnaround.”

Redshirt sophomore Mckenizie Weinert credits her new coach for the program’s newfound success. 

“Matt Kagan came in and inspired us a little bit and installed a drive that we really didn’t have”

But despite the strong start, many doubted the Beavers were a threat in the Pac-12. They proved those doubters wrong after going into Boulder, CO last weekend and defeating No. 17 Colorado 2-1. 

“People were underestimating us based on our nonconference schedule...but we went into Colorado with the right mindset and got the result”

Redshirt senior Toni Malone and freshman Brianna McReynolds each scored in the contest. But the highlight of the game was when sophomore Bridgette Skiba made a jumping save to push the ball just over the bar with seconds remaining and the Beavers clinging to a one goal advantage. 

“[Skiba] does that everyday in practice.” 

Skiba would go on to win Top Drawer’s National Soccer Player of the Week award. 

Now the Beavers look ahead to hosting  a nearly ranked California after losing a tough game to No. 2 Stanford Thursday night.

“We’re probably the underdogs [this weekend] but we can win.”

 

10 things to know about other Oregon State sports

10 things to know about other Oregon State sports

 

 

 

Football is not the only sport played at Oregon State so let’s take a look at 10 facts to know about the other sports going on!

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Head coach Wayne Tinkle has signed a one year contract extension that goes through the 2022-2023 season. He has led the Beavers to three winning seasons in five years. A drastic improvement over the previous 24 years that had a total of two winning seasons. 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Beavers are ranked sixth in the country in the preseason polls ahead of a much anticipated season. They finished in the Sweet 16 last season before losing to No. 1 seed Louisville.

On November 4th, the Beavers will host Team USA for an exhibition game at Gill Coliseum. It’s one stop on a four game tour for Team USA.

Oregon State was chosen to finish third in the Pac-12 by the coaches preseason poll behind Oregon and Stanford. 

Season ticket sales have increased from the past season for the sixth year in a row and setting a new school record for season ticket sales.

BASEBALL

The team has an exhibition game vs the University of British Columbia on October 19th at 1pm with free admission. Beaver fans looking to get a first look at the team before the season should take advantage of the opportunity. 

WOMEN'S SOCCER

The Beavers are off to a great start (9-2-1, 1-2-1 Pac-12) under first year head coach Matt Kagan who took over a team that went 2-17 a year ago. 

Oregon State notched their best win of the season at No. 17 Colorado on Sunday following goals by freshman Brianna McReynolds and redshirt senior Toni Malone.

They host a nearly ranked California (9-3-0, 1-2-0) on Sunday at 1pm. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Bridgette Skiba is the reigning Top Drawer’s National Soccer Player of the Week.