Isaiah Hodgins

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 coach Mario Cristobal’s ear catching comments about OSU WR Isaiah Hodgins

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal’s ear catching comments about OSU WR Isaiah Hodgins

This season’s Civil War is “everything you could want in a college football game,” according to Oregon Coach Mario Cristobal.

Oregon (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) is doing its best to avoid lingering effects from its devastating first conference loss to Arizona State. The Ducks have five days left to refocus and retool their goals after the trip back from Tempe, which coach Cristobal described as the quietest plane ride he’s ever been on.

The Pac-12 North Division champion Ducks still have a chance at playing in the Rose Bowl by winning the Pac-12 Title game on December 6th in Santa Clara. But first, a compelling matchup vs. Oregon State on senior day in Eugene.

The Duck defense, which was embarrassed by giving up 408 yards passing yards to ASU, will face a Beavers team riddled with offensive weapons, only one win away from bowl eligibility. OSU (5-6, 4-4) hasn’t played in a bowl game since 2013 and was seconds away at Washington State from getting their sixth win, to become eligible.

Cristobal spoke particularly high about junior wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins, who just moved into seventh place at OSU for overall career receptions with 168.

“He’s one of the best in the country, hands down,” Cristobal said. “He is a complete wide receiver, very polished. By that I mean he can take you down the field and go deep. He could run his double-move stuff as good as anybody out there, his stutters, great intermediate route runner, great in the quick game.”

As OSU quarterback Jake Luton’s go-to target, Hodgins has totaled 1,086 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Cristobal continued that "there’s nothing he can’t do” and one of the biggest things Oregon will have to defend is Hodgins ability to make players miss and take it to the house. This is concerning for an Oregon defense that is coming off an uncharacteristic bad tackling night.

It’s crucial that the Ducks secondary avoids getting burned again while the front generates pressure and an effective pass rush to keep the Beavers in check.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State offense sputters, Beavs lose to UW

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Instant Analysis: Oregon State offense sputters, Beavs lose to UW

It was a rough night in Corvallis as the Beavers had an opportunity to put a little pressure on the north division leading Ducks with a win over Washington. 

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. The secondary has improved

The Beaver defense played well tonight. Specifically, Oregon State had solid coverage downfield in the secondary and protected well against the deep ball. Looking back at previous games, you couldn't say this was the case. Jaydon Grant had a pick six in the third quarter to make it 13-7 which gave the Beavs some hope in the second half. 

2. What happened to the offense?

While the defense was the bright spot, the offense was a big problem tonight. This is seemingly the exact opposite problem the Beavs had in the first part of the season. Luton was constantly pressured all night long as the offensive line was unable to protect him. Luton also made several bad throws including an interception. The Beavers starting offense was shut out at home for the second time this season (first was against Utah). 

3. Beavs need Hodgins to be more involved

Hodgins finished with just 4 catches for 33 yards and that is simply not good enough. He needs more targets and the OSU offense is going to have to find creative ways to get him the ball downfield. There were far too many short passes that resulted in little or no gain. Hodgins is the Beavers big-play WR and he needs to be utilized as such. 

Up Next: The Beavers will travel to Arizona State next Saturday. 

Oregon State's Isaiah Hodgins 'ready to go bowling' following win over Arizona

Oregon State's Isaiah Hodgins 'ready to go bowling' following win over Arizona

There was much to celebrate during Oregon State’s (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12) 56-38 victory over Arizona (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12). But, one moment in particular, stressed out everyone watching.

All of Beaver nation was concerned Isaiah Hodgins went down with a right knee injury in the second quarter. The junior wide receiver would head to the tent and locker room before returning to the game. He ended the game with seven receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns. 

Hodgins spoke about what happened with his knee following the win:

Just some bone bruise or something with my knee.

After the final whistle blew, he credited experience gained from finishing games at UCLA and Cal.

We know how to win games in the late quarters now and we finished and I’m proud of the team for that.

The goal for the rest of the season is clear. 

We ready to go bowling man.

You can watch his full answer in the video above.

Oregon State hosts the Washington Huskies on Friday night in Reser Stadium.

Isaiah Hodgins tweaks knee against Arizona, re-enters game

Isaiah Hodgins tweaks knee against Arizona, re-enters game

UPDATE: Isaiah Hodgins returned for the Beavers' final drive of the half. 

Not a sight any Oregon State fan wants to see.

Junior wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins came up with a 39-yard gain midway through the second quarter against Arizona, but needed medical attention afterwards. 

The broadcast mentioned it was a right knee injury and he sat out the remainder of the drive. 

Hodgins would return the next drive for a few plays before heading back to the sideline after running a crossing route. Hodgins later left for the locker room with two minutes remaining in the half but walked under his own power. He appeared to have a knee brace on his knee following the injury.  

He did return to the offense for their final plays of the half.

Check back for any further updates on his injury situation.

Beavers' bye should pay off

Beavers' bye should pay off

Oregon State (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) should be refreshed ahead of their game against the Arizona Wildcats (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12). 

Coming off a bye, the Beavers are focused on getting to 0.500 for the first time since 2014, this late into the season. But at post-practice interviews, some of the players took a moment to reflect on the bye.

Here’s what wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins had to say.

“I really just tried to recover and focus on myself. Take a little of a breather from football but I still got in some work.”

You can hear the players’ full answers in the embedded video above.  

Oregon State’s contest against Arizona kicks off at 1:30 p.m. (PT) on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona.

Also, be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast where host Nigel Burton breaks down Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate:

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Isaiah Hodgins reflects on his recruiting process, wanted a place to prepare him for “the next level”

Isaiah Hodgins reflects on his recruiting process, wanted a place to prepare him for “the next level”

When Isaiah Hodgins committed to Oregon State, many seemed surprised by the decision given his status of a four star recruit. Hodgins held offers from Washington, Florida State, Michigan, and Oregon who was where 247’s Crystal Ball predictions had him landing. 

He joined the Talkin’ Beavers podcast recently and reminisced about his recruiting process. Preparing for the NFL was a primary factor in selecting Oregon State:

“There was a lot of places I would have gotten some buzz in college...but they wouldn’t have prepared me the best for the NFL.”

On his visit to Oregon State, he talked to current Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks who helped sell him on the program. Hodgins said he remembered hearing all the names of Beavers wide receivers that came through Oregon State and made their way onto NFL rosters. That list left an impression, and he aspires to be on that list one day.

However, nowadays he tries to not think about the NFL too much because he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself. Wants to be known as one of the hardest working players to come through Oregon State and be as productive on the field as possible.

“A lot of people that think about [the NFL] do tend to get ahead of themselves, and that’s when their play starts to die down.”

Hodgins, the son of former-NFL fullback James Hodgins, credits the example his Dad set for him taking his time and finding the right fit for him. He says watching how greats such as Larry Fitzgerald approached the game showed him what he needed to.

Listen to the full podcast below:

PFF recognizes multiple Beavers on Midseason All-American list, Hodgins 1st Team

PFF recognizes multiple Beavers on Midseason All-American list, Hodgins 1st Team

Pro Football Focus has released their Midseason All-American rankings and two Oregon State players were listed: wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins (1st Team) and offensive tackle Blake Brandel (honorable mention). 

Not only was Hodgins a first team selection, he was rated as the number one wide receiver in the country through six games with a rating of 91.0. 

PFF states that no other receiver in the country has more “big-time catches” which is their highest-graded reception. Hodgins has caught all 51 of catchable targets en route to nine touchdowns and 33 first downs, while averaging 13.78 yards per catch.

Earlier this week, we broke down the likelihood of Hodgins winning the Biletnikoff Award that goes to the most outstanding wide receiver in the country. Accolades like this indicate Hodgins’ productivity has him in the thick of the race. 

Offensive tackle Blake Brandel also earned an honorable mention. The redshirt senior anchors an offensive line that going into the Utah game was ranked among the best in the country at pass blocking by PFF.

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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. 

Beavers preview "really, really good" Utah

Beavers preview "really, really good" Utah

 

After leaving the Rose Bowl with a win, the Oregon State Beavers (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) are focused on a tough opponent coming to Reser Stadium: No. 15 Utah (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12).

“They’re great. They’re really, really good.” said starting quarterback and reigning College Football Performance Awards National Player of the Week, Jake Luton. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge but we’re a physical team just like them, and we can make plays. So, we’ll be ready to go.”

Utah has among the best defensive units in the conference including a Pac-12 leading rushing defense (53.8 yards per game) that will be going head to head with an effective rushing attack for Oregon State. Running back Artavis Pierce, who is second in the conference at 7.5 yards per carry and 564 rushing yards, believes consistency and execution is the key to beating the Utes.

“We just have to go out there and play four quarter football...even though they’re a good opponent we need to believe in ourselves that we can keep up with a great team like this and keep executing so we can get a win.”

But the Utes field a complete defense, including a dangerous secondary. During his interview on the Talkin Beavers podcast, wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins said that Utah’s secondary is among the best in the conference: “They are very talented.” 

The message from the coaches seems to emphasize playing a complete game and competing:“Go out there [and] play physical, that’s going to be a big part of it, they’re a physical team and finish every play because they don’t take reps off.” said offensive lineman Brandon Kipper. 

Kipper went on to say that coaches will have a great gameplan ready but it’s up to the players to execute it. If the Beavers can put together a complete game for the second consecutive weekend, they may be able to come away with another victory.  

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