Now that the Pac-12 has officially voted and approved a plan to play football in 2020, year three of Oregon State football with head coach Jonathan Smith is underway and the time is now to build off a momentous 2019 season.
But first, a few personnel changes and roster spots need to be filled. For starters, a quarterback and No. 1 wide receiver target.
Coach Smith hasn’t named his starting quarterback for this upcoming season just yet.
Tristan Gebbia finished last season taking the snaps for the injured Jake Luton, however, this will be an interesting competition to keep an eye on throughout camp. Chance Nolan, a redshirt sophomore transfer from Saddleback College, is ranked as the No. 1 dual threat Junior College quarterback and joined the program in January 2020.
“He [Gebbia] came out of the four spring practices we had as the leader in the clubhouse,” said Coach Smith. “But now that we get a full training camp, we get some time to sort that out and allow guys to compete.
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The Beavs offense heavily relied on stud wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins in 2019, and with good reason. Arguably the best receiver in the Pac-12 conference last season, the All-Pac-12 Second-Team selection was selected in the sixth round (No. 207) overall in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
Now, the Beavs have big shoes to fill on the outside, but very little roster turnover in that position is a good sign.
“Receiver wise, [Isaiah] Hodgins was a big time player for us, but then you look at the rest of the group, all those guys are back. And a lot of those guys made some contributions. We did feature ‘Hodg’ because he’s a big time player but we can spread the wealth…
Here’s a look at Oregon State’s depth at receiver this upcoming season:
- Redshirt senior - Trevon Bradford
- Redshirt juniors - Tyjon Lindsey, Kolby Taylor, Champ Flemings, Job Dockery
- Junior - Tre’Shaun Harrison
- Redshirt sophomores - Jesiah Irish, I’Shawn Stewart, Rweha Munyagi Jr.
- Redshirt freshman - Anthony Gould
- Freshman - Zeriah Beason
Whether one guy will emerge as the top target or rather it be a group effort, there’s no shortage of experience for these Beaver receivers.
We’ll find out on November 6-7 how different Smith’s offensive system will look this next season.