Oregon State sets kickoff time for four games

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Oregon State sets kickoff time for four games

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  The Pac-12 Conference and its television partners announced Thursday kickoff times for four games that include Oregon State. First-year head coach Jonathan Smith and the Beavers open the season Sept. 1 at Ohio State at 9 a.m. PDT on ABC, followed by the home opener Sept. 8 vs. Southern Utah at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks. The non-conference slate concludes Sept. 15 at Nevada with a 4 p.m. kickoff available on ESPN3.

The 122nd Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, Spirit Mountain Casino, Safeway-Albertsons and your local Toyota Dealers, will be played Friday, November 23 at 1 p.m. at Reser Stadium and air on FS1.

The game at Ohio State is the earliest kick for the Beavers since the 9 a.m. start Sept. 12, 2015 at Michigan. OSU also had a 9 a.m. kick Sept. 10, 2011 at Wisconsin. The matchup with Ohio State marks the fourth consecutive season OSU has played a Big Ten opponent.  The Big Ten returns to future Beaver schedules in 2021 and ’24 with Purdue.

Kickoffs for the remainder of the 2018 season will be announced 12 or 6 days in advance of the game date.

Season tickets are now available for the six-game home football schedule that includes Oregon, USC, California, Washington State, Arizona and Southern Utah. For information on the benefits of being a season ticket holder or renewal incentives please access OSUBeavers.com or call 541-737-2050.

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7 players named to All Pac-12 teams, Hodgins and Rashed Jr. snubbed of first team selections

7 players named to All Pac-12 teams, Hodgins and Rashed Jr. snubbed of first team selections

Following their best season since 2013, the Oregon State Beavers (finished 5-7, 4-5 Pac-12) also have their most representation on the All Conference teams in the Pac-12 since that season.

Let’s break it down. 

SECOND TEAM:

WR Isaiah Hodgins

The Biletnikoff Award semifinalist finds himself on the second team in the conference despite being named a top 10 receiver in the country. Hodgins dominated as the Beavers’ primary offensive option this season with majority of his catches moving the chains for the offense. He finished the season with 1,171 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. 

Following his snub for first team, Hodgins took to twitter to claim it was all “politics”.

OLB Hamilcar Rashed Jr.

Another Beaver snubbed of recognition on the first team was the conference leader in sacks (14) and the national leader in tackles-for-loss (22.5). His breakout season was a significant reason for the improvement of the Beavers’ defense and directly resulted in wins. Rashed Jr. is currently testing the waters on if he’ll enter the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. 

OL Blake Brandel

The former Central Catholic Ram finished out his career at Oregon State as an all conference second team offensive lineman. Brandel started each game the Beavers have played over the previous four seasons. The left tackle protected Luton’s blindside and opened up running lanes for Jermar Jefferson and Artavis Pierce.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

QB Jake Luton

The sixth-year senior signal caller had his best season yet throwing for 2,714 yards with 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions. The two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week served his final season as a co-captain and will play in the Collegiate Bowl ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft process.

TE Noah Togiai

The senior tight end put together another career season where he finished with 44 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns. His highlight of the season came against Arizona State when he hurdled a defender into the endzone.

OL Brandon Kipper

The transfer from the Hawai’i Warriors started all 12 games for the Oregon State Beavers this past season. He allowed just one quarterback sack all season.

LB Omar Speights 

Speights was named a Pac-12 defensive honorable mention after finishing second on the team with 73 tackles. 63 of those tackles came in the final seven games of the season when his role was expanded. He earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for his 18 tackle performance against the Washington Huskies.

Oregon State lands commitment from DE Sione Lolohea

Oregon State lands commitment from DE Sione Lolohea

The good news just keeps coming for Oregon State football fans.

Tuesday morning, strongside defensive end Sione Lolohea announced his commitment to play football for Coach Jonathan Smith and Oregon State in the 2020 recruiting class.

 

The 6-foot-3 defensive end from Waimanalo, HI committed to the Beavers over Boise State, BYU and Colorado amongst others. The three-star recruit is ranked as the No. 23 strongside-defensive end in this upcoming recruiting class by 247Sports.

The coaching staff has been recruiting relentlessly ahead of the Early Signing Period from December 18-20, and has secured multiple commitments the last few days, including graduate transfer offensive lineman Korbin Sorensen and JUCO quarterback Chase Nolan.

Lolohea will look to provide more depth for a pass rush that looks to return nearly everyone from last season, besides potentially Hamilcar Rashed Jr. who is currently testing the draft waters. Smith has said he expects Rashed Jr. to return for his senior season, however. Last season, the Beavers defense ranked No. 22 in the nation with 86 tackles-for-loss and No. 32 in sacks with 32. 

You can watch Lolohea’s senior season highlights below.

Beavers land JUCO QB Chance Nolan

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Beavers land JUCO QB Chance Nolan

 

The Beavers continue to add to their 2020 recruiting class. 

JUCO quarterback Chance Nolan has committed to playing for Oregon State next season.

He played college ball at Saddleback College in Menifee, CA where he put up 3315 yards passing with 38 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions in eleven games played.

Interestingly, he’s the second quarterback being brought in this recruiting cycle by head coach Jonathan Smith. It appears that he’s trying to solidify depth behind redshirt sophomore Tristan Gebbia, who performed well in his first career start in the Civil War this past season.

The 6-foot-2, 186 pound pro style quarterback will be eligible right away and plans to enroll in January to compete with Gebbia for the starting job left behind by Jake Luton. 

Oregon State beat out other schools competing for Nolan’s commitment such as Utah and Oklahoma State. 

Beavers secure Portland State OL graduate transfer Korbin Sorensen

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Beavers secure Portland State OL graduate transfer Korbin Sorensen

 

The Beavers continued to further solidify their 2020 recruiting class Sunday night when they secured a commitment from graduate transfer offensive lineman Korbin Sorensen. 

Sorensen played college football at Portland State University where he redshirted his freshman year before starting in 33 games over the next three seasons, mostly at right guard.

The 6-foot-6, 305 pound offensive lineman will have one final year of eligibility at Oregon State. He’ll aim to provide depth for an offensive line losing three starters from last season: left tackle Blake Brandel, right guard Gus Lavaka and left guard Clay Cordasco.

Oregon State Women’s team ranked 1st in inaugural RPI rankings

Oregon State Women’s team ranked 1st in inaugural RPI rankings

Despite being ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll, the 8-0 Oregon State Beavers are ranked as the best team in the country according to the NCAA’s inaugural RPI ranking

RPI, which ranks teams by weighting strength of schedule and quality of wins, is considered heavily when deciding seeding for the end-of-season NCAA Tournament. This method favors a Beavers team that has defeated numerous ranked opponents such as No. 20 Missouri State, No. 16 Depaul, and No. 25 Miami (FL). 

As the Beavers approach Pac-12 conference play, if they continue to win they should maintain this ranking with upcoming games against No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 Oregon, No. 10 UCLA and No. 18 Arizona.

Oregon State's Kee Whetzel enters transfer portal

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Oregon State's Kee Whetzel enters transfer portal

Oregon State linebacker Kee Whetzel’s time at Oregon State has come to an end. 

The Clearwater, FL native took to Twitter to make the announcement. 

God moves in ways that I can’t explain. As much as I feel like I have unfinished business, there’s something compelling need to start a new chapter in my life. As of right now I will not be returning to Oregon State to go to school or play football I will enter The transfer portal and re-open my recruitment in search of a new home. My teammates will be dearly missed and I know the brothers I made will know where to find me. To Beaver Nation fans, you guys are amazing and I could never repay you for the great memories and support for the last three years. To the few coaches I connected with the last year and a half I appreciate you. I wouldn’t go back and change a thing. God‘s plan. Forever #GoBeavs -- Kee Whetzel

The junior safety was away from the Beavers program for more than a month earlier this season for personal reasons, something he shared via social media back in September.

In 24 games, including two starts, Whetzel registered 65 tackles, five for a loss and 4 sacks. 

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Tristan Gebbia's first career start a bright spot for the Beavs

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Tristan Gebbia's first career start a bright spot for the Beavs

The Oregon State Beavers (5-7, 4-5 Pac-12) vastly improved on all sides of the ball in the 2019-20 season, despite not getting a bid for a postseason bowl game.

One of the bright spots to cap of this season of improvement is the future of the program: quarterback Tristan Gebbia. 

An unexpected right arm injury from starter Jake Luton forced Gebbia into the spotlight in what would be Oregon State's final game of the season, the Civil War. In his first career start, Gebbia finished 26-of-40 for 243 yards and added 25 yards on the ground. The redshirt sophomore has a bright future in Corvallis.

On the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast, Gebbia joins host Nigel Burton to discuss the Civil War, his first career start and much more!

Listen to the full podcast below:

Join Talkin' Beavers every Wednesday for Oregon State Beavers news, game breakdowns, and analysis. Plus conversations with the most important names in Oregon State Sports.

With rebuild ahead of schedule, Beavers reworking Smith's contract

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With rebuild ahead of schedule, Beavers reworking Smith's contract

I went back and checked out as many preseason prognostications about the Oregon State Beavers football as I could find. I couldn't find one prediction saying the Beavs would be in a bowl in 2019 and I couldn't find one writer or broadcaster calling for more than four wins. Hey, its not surprising considering the 2017 and 2018 seasons. A 3-21 record will create a lot of doubt about a football program.

Jonathan Smith and his talented coaching staff proved a lot of people wrong this season and are ahead of schedule on getting the Beavers back into the national conversation when it comes to winning football games. 

Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes loves the direction of the football program and says he wants to make sure the continuity, consistancy and commitment remain untouched. He told me this afternoon that Jonathan Smith wants to make sure that doesn't change moving forward. Increases in the salaries of the assistant coaches is a top priority.

Barnes also is reworking Coach Smith's contact.

He wll enter the third year of a five-year contract at $1.9 million dollars per year, plus bonuses.

Barnes and Coach Smith have actually been discussing a reworking of his contract since October .

"We are being proactive ensuring this staff stays together," Barnes told NBCSNW. "It is not just about the wins, but also about the change in the culture of the football program. That includes the improving GPA's we have seen since Coach Smith and his assistants have taken hold in Corvallis. I am impressed with the  tremendous job they are doing in recruiting and Jonathan is ahead of schedule on all of the above."

Barnes does realize a few of the key members of Jonathan's coaching staff have expiring contracts at the end of February. Trent Bray (linebackers), Jake Cookus (special teams), Jim Michalczik (offensive line), Kefense Hynson (receivers), Michael Pitre (running backs) and Legi Suianoa (defensive line). The money pool for assistants will be increased, but there is no word on how much they will receive. The four other assistants have another year left on their deals. Barnes says the increases will be substantial and are in concert with other Pac-12 schools. 

There's another big priority besides the coaches' salaries: Filling up Reser Stadium. The four conference wins and the fact they were one first down away from qualifying for a bowl has gotten Beaver Nation's attention. The new season ticket campaign is touting 2020 season tickets at 2019 prices. And consider next year they have seven home games including the Cougs, Ducks, Cal and Colorado State. 

Can they break through in 2020 and qualify for a bowl? No one thought they could this season and they were five yards short. There is no doubt its an attainable goal and it looks like the administration is coming through to make sure that contihuity and constancy are on track to build more success in Corvallis.,

With Hodgins going pro, will Hamilcar Rashed, Jr. follow suit?

With Hodgins going pro, will Hamilcar Rashed, Jr. follow suit?

With WR Isaiah Hodgins declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft, all eyes are on redshirt junior Hamilcar Rashed Jr. to see if he’ll follow suit. 

The outside linebacker had not just a breakout season, but the greatest single season for a defensive player in the front seven in school history, setting the single-season records for sacks (14) and tackles-for-loss (22.5). These numbers could have been even higher too if he didn’t need to play with a cast on his hand for the final two games of the season. 

Pro Football Network draft analyst Tony Pauline stated earlier this season that Rashed Jr. has greatly improved his draft stock this season.

His sacks are as much a result of opportunity as they are big plays, but Rashed continues to impact games. He needs to fill out his frame and keep his quickness, but Rashed has top 100 potential when he enters the draft.

It’s unclear whether Rashed, Jr. will decide to forgo his last season of eligibility to declare for the NFL Draft, but don’t be surprised to see him go pro. If he can get advice that he’ll be a selection on Day 2 of the NFL Draft, then he’s one decision away from life changing money. 

But he also may want to come back to help the Beavers make a bowl game and increase his draft stock by filling out his frame in college and matching his production this season. Either way, he should announce sooner than later.

You can listen to Nigel Burton discuss Rashed Jr.'s decision and more in week's Talkin' Beavers podcast.