It’s a battle of the orange and black.
In just one week, under the Friday night lights of Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon, the Oregon State Beavers open up their 2019-2020 football season hosting the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Two “OSU’s”. Same colors. Chainsaw vs. Mullet.
We got to sit down with Oregon State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren to discuss more on the match-up.
“First off, I think just as a program… you talk about Oklahoma State, Coach Gundy, those guys as consistent of a program… Top 25… over the years. Defensively they lost a lot of guys up front. But in the secondary, I think that’ probably the strength,” says Lindgren.
Neither Oregon State nor Oklahoma State are ranked in the preseason AP Poll Top 25, but two power 5 conference going at it will draw a lot of eyes.
Cowboys coach Mike Gundy had this to say on Oregon State: "Oregon State scored a lot of points last year. They've had success on offense. They want to run the football. Their quarterback has been around for a long time so he is experienced and it gives them a little bit of leeway at that position. They've become more athletic. They've got a couple of guys who moved in and transferred in. It will be a dog fight. We will have our hands full but we are looking forward to playing them."
Where Oregon State can exploit Oklahoma State is on the offensive side of the ball. The Cowboys lost a lot of players on defense last season. Whereas the Beavers have the reigning Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American running back Jermar Jefferson, another year of quarterback Jake Luton and two stout wide receivers.
Just eight days away.
Coming off a career best season in Corvallis, Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton plans to pursue his NFL dream after finishing up school this week.
The sixth year senior, who passed for 2,714 yards with 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions this past season in eleven games, joined the Talkin’ Beavers podcast to talk about his successor Tristan Gebbia, his thoughts on wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins going pro and Luton's NFL aspirations.
Finishing up school this week. I’ve started some conversations with some training facilities and some agents, trying to find a good fit for me...I’ve accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA [Collegiate] Bowl so I’ll go do that in January and then train, training and getting prepared for the whole [draft] process. Get my body right, get my mind right so hopefully when the time comes...I’m able to throw the ball for these guys and get some interviews with some teams. That I’m prepared and ready to go and hopefully just get a shot.
In the coming weeks, Luton will hire an agent and start the pre-draft process after getting his second college degree. He'll get opportunities at the Hula Bowl and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl to impress draft scouts ahead of 2020 NFL Draft.
As for his draft stock? It may be better than you realize.
Following a week 12 victory over Arizona State where the signal caller threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns, Bleacher Report’s Brad Shepard named Luton as a draft riser and a potential selection of Day 2 of the NFL Draft.
New Washington Huskies Coach Jimmy Lake referred to Luton as a future "NFL quarterback that nobody is talking about" to News Tribune's Lauren Kirschman.
Beaver fans will have to keep an eye on Luton as he aims to suit up at the next level.
You can listen to his full interview here.
When Oregon State football quarterback Jake Luton did not trot onto the field at Autzen Stadium in this year's 123rd chapter of the Civil War, redshirt sophomore backup quarterback Tristan Gebbia gave Beavs fans a glimpse into the future. Gebbia finished the game 26-for-40 for 243 yards. Not a bad debut for your first career start against one of the top defenses in the Pac-12 conference.
Luton joins Talkin' Beavers with host Nigel Burton to discuss his time at Oregon State, his future hopes for football and the new with regime with Tristan Gebbia behind Center.
Listen to the full podcast below:
Beaver football fans, book your flights for Mississippi. Well, in seven years.
The Oregon State Beavers have agreed to a home-and-home series with SEC’s Ole Miss and the Mountain West’s New Mexico.
The Beavers will play Ole Miss in Oxford on September 18, 2027, and will host the Rebels in Corvallis on August 31, 2030. It’ll be the first time an SEC team currently in the conference will play in Corvallis against the Beavers.
Ole Miss recently hired former FAU coach Lane Kiffin to take over the program, and based off his coaching resume, the Rebels should be a force by the time this series happens.
Oregon State will also host New Mexico on September 11, 2027 and then play in Albuquerque on September 9, 2028.
Oregon State Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes had the following to say about the newly scheduled series.
Scheduling for success is a pillar of our Beaver football program. The goal is to play a Power 5, Group of 5 and FCS opponent on a yearly basis to complement the nine-game Pac-12 Conference schedule; for the most part we have been able to adjust future schedules to achieve that goal.
Additionally, the Beavers added home games against FCS schools Portland State for 2025 and 2027 and Idaho State in 2024.
The Beavers will open the season against Fresno State now in 2025, moved from the game’s original date of 2024.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.