Oregon State’s Hamilcar Rashed Jr. named to Bednarik Award watch list

Oregon State’s Hamilcar Rashed Jr. named to Bednarik Award watch list

The 2020 collegiate football season may be one large question mark at this point, but what isn’t in question is the talent and drive of Hamilcar Rashed Jr.

The Oregon State football redshirt senior outside linebacker made quite the splash for the Beavers in 2019, finishing as a 2019 First-Team All-American (Sports Illustrated, The Athletic, Phil Steele) as well as named a 2019 All-Pac-12 First-Team (Associated Press, Phil Steele).

On Monday, Rashed Jr. was named to the Bednarik Award watch list, which is given annually to College Defensive Player of the Year.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State Women's Basketball coach Scott Rueck and Branding consultant Jeremy Darlow].

Rashed Jr. led the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss in 2019 and placed tied for third with 14 sacks. Both totals also set Oregon State single-season records. He posted at least one TFL in each of his first 10 games, only one of three players nationally to accomplish that feat.

He has 121 tackles over three seasons for the Beavers, including 35 tackles and 16.5 sacks. He ranks sixth in the Oregon State career record books for both TFLs and sacks.

Along with the Bednarik Award, Rashed Jr. has also been named a Walter Camp Preseason All-America First Team; Sporting News Preseason All-America First Team; Watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy; Athlon Sports preseason All-Pac-12 First Team.

The Pac-12 Conference announced on Friday that it has canceled all non-conference play this upcoming season following in the footsteps of the Big Ten Conference who was the first power-5 conference to cancel all non-conference play.

When/if the 2020 collegiate football season begins, one of the Pac-12’s best defenders will be right there with it.

Listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast here.

Ken Simonton, Mike Hass named to CFB Hall of Fame national ballot

Ken Simonton, Mike Hass named to CFB Hall of Fame national ballot

Two former Oregon State Beavers have been named to the college football Hall of Fame ballot: running back Ken Simonton and wide receiver Mike Hass.

The ballot will be distributed to more the 12,000 members of the National Football Foundation and current Hall of Fame members this month after both individuals received enough votes by the district screening committee personnel to qualify.

KEN SIMONTON

Ken Simonton was a running back for Oregon State from 1998-2001. He played for two head coaches, mike Riley and Dennis Erickson. The All-time leading rusher at Oregon State with 5,044 total yards had an impeccable four-year in orange and black. He rushed for 100-plus yards in a game 26 times and had three performances of 200-plus yards in a contest. 

FRESHMAN: Rushed for 1,028 yards on 224 attempts and 13 touchdowns

SOPHOMORE: Rushed for 1,486 yards on 294 attempts and 19 touchdowns

JUNIOR: Rushed for 1,559 yards on 284 attempts and 19 touchdowns

SENIOR: Rushed for 971 yards on 239 attempts and eight (rushing) touchdowns

Following his four-year career in Corvallis, Simonton signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent, but was shortly released thereafter. He signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2003 before getting sent to the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe. Sinomton apprised in two games for the Bills and rushed twice for four total yards.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State women’s basketball senior Aleah Goodman].

MIKE HASS

The 2005 Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver came to Oregon State as a walk-on in 2001. Hass was the first player in league history with three 1,000-yard receiving seasons and concluded his career with 3,924 yards.

SOPHOMORE: 44 receptions for 1,013 yards and seven touchdowns

JUNIOR: 86 receptions for 1,379 yards and seven touchdowns

SENIOR: 90 receptions for 1,532 yards and six touchdowns

Following his three-year career in Corvallis, Hass was drafted in the sixth round (No. 171 overall) by the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent limited time with the Saints, Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks before finishing his professional career with the Omaha Nighthawks.

Simonton and Hass would join former Beavers in the College Football Hall of Fame that include Heisman Trophy recipient Terry Baker, Bill Enyart, Tommy Prothro, and Dennis Erickson. The 2021 class will be announced early next year with the induction ceremony in New York City Dec. 7, 2021.

 

Jordan Poyer looking forward to mentoring young, hungry Isaiah Hodgins

Jordan Poyer looking forward to mentoring young, hungry Isaiah Hodgins

Isaiah Hodgins’ NFL dreams came true when the Buffalo Bills selected him in the sixth round (No. 207 overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Despite now leaving his four-year home in Corvallis, Oregon and heading 2,652.4 miles east to Buffalo, New York, Hodgins will have a little sense of home.

Current Bills safety and former Oregon State Beaver Jordan Poyer.

I called him the night he got drafted just to congratulate him and tell him ‘If you need anything man, just let me know.’ I remember what it was like being a rookie, especial now its probably harder than ever because they’re not able to get acclimated to their system and be around their coaches and guys. — Jordan Poyer

Poyer wreaked havoc on the Pac-12 Conference during his four-year career in Corvallis, Oregon from 2009-12.

He was named a consensus All-America selection as a senior, the first at Oregon State since John Didion in 1967, and was tied for second in the nation with seven interceptions as a senior. Poyer started 24 games in the Beavers’ secondary.

The eight-year veteran was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. After a short stint in Philadelphia and then Cleveland, Poyer came to the Bills through free agency in 2017. He posted 71 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and once sack in 2019.

Now, he may have the chance to go up against Hodgins in New York.

What a player. Huge redone threat, huge catch radius. He can run almost all the routes. When you get a guy like that who’s hungry, who’s young and hungry, and wants to come in and learn… and understand what it takes to be in the NFL. — Jordan Poyer

Hodgins will get to learn from six-year pro Stefon Diggs, who recorded 63 receptions for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns last season with the Minnesota Vikings. The Bills traded their first-round, a fifth and sixth round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft along with a 2021 fourth-round pick in exchange for Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick.

Diggs and nine-year veteran Cole Beasley are likely the two main targets for third-year quarterback Josh Allen, but Hodgins could turn some heads should he have a good showing when training camps safely resume play. 

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and former Oregon State Beaver Jordan Poyer.

Oregon State TE Rocco Carley dismissed from team after racist remarks

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Oregon State TE Rocco Carley dismissed from team after racist remarks

Late Thursday night, a recording surfaced on Twitter of Oregon State tight end Rocco Carley making disturbing racist remarks.

After hearing the recording, Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith called Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes and the two discussed what further course of action was needed and agreed upon. 

That same night, Smith told Carley that he had been released from the team. 

Carley released this statement on Twitter Thursday night:

https://twitter.com/RoccoCarley/status/1268409199412707328

The 6-foot-6, 236-pound tight end from Mt. Angel, Oregon was about to enter his second season at Oregon State.

Some of his teammates responded on social media:

Many on social media also praised head coach Jonathan Smith for acting quickly and making the decision to release Carley from the team, including a couple of Oregon Ducks:

The South is playing football this fall, pandemic or no pandemic

The South is playing football this fall, pandemic or no pandemic

*NOTE: This podcast taping was finished before Oregon governor Kate Brown announced on Thursday a multi-level plan to re-open the state pertaining to the coronavirus.

One of the biggest questions threatening the sports world today is football season. Will football at all levels begin on time? What would it look like? Will there be fans?

On the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast, host Jordan Kent is joined by special guest, former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz.

I live in the south. This is maybe crude to say, but the south doesn’t care. They’re going to play college football. Now, whether California plays or Oregon plays, I don’t know. The south is playing. Today, Arkansas AD [Athletic Director] said ‘We’re playing. We’re starting camp in mid July and we’re coming back September 5 and playing our first game.’" -- Geoff Schwartz

The Ducks are scheduled to open the 2020 season at home on Saturday, September 5 hosting North Dakota State in Autzen Stadium.

What will that look like?

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Following Governor Brown’s announcement of the three phase plan to re-open the state, Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes met with the media addressing his mindset that football will be played this fall.

“One scenario we are not working on is not playing football,” said Barnes. 

Oregon State is currently scheduled to host Colorado State in the home opener at Reser Stadium on September 12, 2020. 

With so much uncertainty in the sports world and a lot of fans begging for an end date, the only thing we can hope for is a safe return to the gridiron when the time is right.

One player that stood out to Jonathan Smith during spring football

One player that stood out to Jonathan Smith during spring football

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 [2019] 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.

Jonathan Smith received a bunch of calls regarding Jake Luton leading up to the NFL Draft

Jonathan Smith received a bunch of calls regarding Jake Luton leading up to the NFL Draft

Just over one week ago, Oregon State had its most successful NFL Draft weekend since the 2015 season with several Beavs finding new homes in the NFL whether it was hearing their name come off the Big Board on draft night or signed as an undrafted free agent.

Those who were drafted were: quarterback Jake Luton (round six, pick 189 to the Jacksonville Jaguars); offensive lineman Blake Brandel (round six, pick 203 to the Minnesota Vikings); and wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins (round six, pick 207 to the Buffalo Bills).

Oregon State head football coach Jonathan Smith joined host Nigel Burton on the latest Talkin’ Beavs Podcast:

All three guys - just fired up for each of them. Well deserved. I think all three of those guys can play at that level. — Coach Smith

The NFL Draft is full of surprises, but one thing in particular that did not surprise Smith at all was Jake Luton getting drafted. 

We got a bunch of calls on him leading into the draft because some of it was on his tape. He was doing NFL things: playing under center, play action passes, had a great year. Felt pretty comfortable going into it that Luton was going to get himself drafted. — Coach Smith

Luton is headed to the opposite end of the country, approximately 44 hours and just under 3,000 miles away to Jacksonville, Florida. He will be in competition with second-year QB “Minshew Mania” Gardner Minshew II, who was also a sixth round selection by Jacksonville in the 2019 NFL Draft, and recorded 21 passing touchdowns and 3,271 passing yards in 2019, both the most by a rookie in franchise history.

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You can listen to the full podcast with Coach Smith and host Nigel Burton here.

Here is the Oregon State Beavers 2020 undrafted free agent tracker

Here is the Oregon State Beavers 2020 undrafted free agent tracker

After three busy days, the 2020 NFL Draft has officially concluded. But that doesn’t mean the action ends there. 

Over the next few days, teams around the NFL will be adding undrafted free agents to bolster their roster.

2020 ProBeavs: Jake Luton (Jacksonville Jaguars); Isaiah Hodgins (Buffalo Bills); Blake Brandel (Minnesota Vikings).

There are a few Oregon State Beavers, however, who did not hear their name called in the draft that would seize the opportunity. 

Here’s a look at which teams have signed Beavers to training camp rosters:

NOAH TOGIAI 

Minutes after the conclusion of the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Togiai to their training camp roster.

The 6-foot-4, 246-pound redshirt senior tight end from West Valley City, Utah caught 102 passes for 1,048 yards and 10 touchdowns and became the sixth tight end in Oregon State history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving. The All Pac-12 Honorable Mention recorded a reception in every game, including one impressive touchdown hurdle:

The Eagles did not draft a tight end in the 2020 NFL Draft.

ARTAVIS PIERCE

The 5-foot-11, 208-pound senior running back from Lake Alfred, Fla., concluded his career at Oregon State with 2,127 rushing yards, which ranks 10th all-time at Oregon State. Averaged 5.8 yards per carry (366 overall), which is tied for the best mark in program history.

He will get his first shot at an NFL roster with the Chicago Bears and see his former teammate running back Ryan Nall.

The Chicago Bears did not draft a running back in this year's draft.

More to come as training camp rosters are filled...

Former Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks up for trade in Los Angeles

Former Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks up for trade in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Rams are making moves this NFL free agency.

On Thursday, the Rams released 25-year-old All-Pro running back Todd Gurley.

Earlier the same day, it was also reported by Jeff Howe of The Athletic that former Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks was also put up for trade:

According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, Cooks is under contract through the 2023 season and is set to make $8 million with a cap hit of $16.8 million this season. As with Gurley, a trade would lead to a large amount of dead money on the Rams’ cap.

Cooks caught 42 passes for 583 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games last season. That was a sharp drop in production after four straight years with at least 65 catches, 1,082 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.

The 26-year-old was drafted No. 20th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2014 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract with the Saints before being traded to the New England Patriots in 2017. Cooks helped the Patriots get to the Super Bowl in 2018, where they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. The following offseason the Los Angeles Rams acquired Cooks and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick for 2018 first and sixth-round draft picks.

Could Cooks be on his way to his fourth team in seven seasons in the NFL?

Oregon State announces second annual Beaver Combine, invites fans to come

Oregon State announces second annual Beaver Combine, invites fans to come

For the second annual year, Oregon State will put on the Beaver Combine, Friday, February 28 at the Truax Indoor Center, adjacent to Reser Stadium. 

The event is open to the public and free, but fans are asked to remain in areas marked for spectators.

It'll begin at 8:00 a.m. with the offensive and defensive linemen participating in drills similar to that of this month’s NFL Combine. The drills include the shuttle run, 40-yard dash, broad jump, and 3-cone drill.

The linemen are followed by the “big skill” players at 9 a.m. and the “skill players” at 10 a.m.

The event will give Beaver Nation a first look at the Oregon State football team that will look to improve on a 5-7 record and a second-place finish in the Pac-12 North.