The collegiate winter sports season was just beginning postseason play as spring sports and spring football had just begun. That was life all before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the sports world was ultimately shut down.
At least we got a little taste and outlook on the 2020-2021 Oregon State football team with a few spring football practices under belt.
It only took four practices for one player to really stand out in head coach Jonathan Smith’s eyes.
That player is Zeriah Beason.
Smith joined host Nigel Burton on the latest Talkin’ Beavs Podcast:
One guy that jumps out is Zeriah Beason. We did get in a few spring practices so we were excited about signing him in December  but then being able to get around him for a few months, working out and then we got into spring ball, he made some plays in the first four practices as a freshman receiver. He was trending in the right direction, like ‘man this guy can contribute and do some stuff for us this year. — Jonathan Smith
Beason is a 6-foot, 195-pound consensus four-star wide receiver (according to Rivals) from Duncanville, Texas. He held offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Florida, LSU, Nebraska and Utah among others, but ultimately chose Oregon State for his collegiate career because of the “family-feel” from the program.
There is an opportunity for Beason to come in and make an impact right away. Beavs star receiver Isaiah Hodgins is off to the NFL getting selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 2020 NFL Draft and Oregon State has a plethora of young talent in the wide receiver room: a healthy redshirt senior Trevon Bradford; speedy redshirt junior Champ Flemmings; and redshirt junior Tyjon Lindsey to name a few.
Unfortunately, it may be some time before we see Beason and the Beavs back in action, when it is safe to do so, but for now, enjoy these highlights of what just may be the next great receiver to come through Corvallis, Oregon:
You can listen to the full Talkin’ Beavs Podcast here.