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ProBeavs on NFL 53-man rosters; Ryan Nall to Bears' practice squad

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ProBeavs on NFL 53-man rosters; Ryan Nall to Bears' practice squad

Former Oregon State running back Ryan Nall was released by the Chicago Bears over the weekend. But he wasn't without a job long. Chicago instantly signed Nall to its practice squad. 

NFL teams reduced their rosters to 53 over the weekend and each team was able to add up to 10 players to its practice squad. 

The Los Angeles Rams continue to be the most loaded with former Beavers. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks is on his third team in five years but could find his way in another Super Bowl with the Rams. Punter Johnny Hekker is a four-time Pro Bowler entering his seventh season. The Rams' backup quarterback is Sean Mannion

Former OSU linebacker D.J. Alexander found himself released by the Bears only to be then signed by Philadelphia. 

There are 14 former Beavers currently on NFL rosters and practice squads. 

Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters following the final roster cut down. If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

 

 ARIZONA CARDINALS

None. 

 ATLANTA FALCONS

 

  • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Entering his 10th season. 
  • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Spent last season on Baltimore's practice squad. Signed with Atlanta on May 18. 

 

RELEASED: Atlanta released guard Sean Harlow, Oregon State. The 2017 fourth-round pick spent all of last season inactive. 

 

 BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent was release and then resigned to the practice squad. 
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: Entering his third season. Appeared in 16 games last season and finished with 90 total tackles. 

 

 BUFFALO BILLS

 

  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Entering his sixth season. Intercepted five passes in 2017. 

 

 CAROLINA PANTHERS

  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Entering his fourth season. Had 19 tackles last season. 

 

RELEASED: Carolina released running back Kenjon Barner, Oregon, and tight end Evan Baylis, Oregon.

 

 CHICAGO BEARS

 

  • Kyle Long, Oregon, guard: Entering his sixth season. A three-time Pro Bowl player. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: The undrafted rookie free agent was eleased and then signed to the Bears' practice squad. 

 

RELEASED: Center Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, was released after three seasons. Chicago also released long snapper Tanner Carew, Oregon. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Seattle but was cut during training camp leading to the Bears picking him up. 

 

 CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

  • Jake Fisher, Oregon, offensive tackle: Entering his fourth season. Has started 11 career games. 

 

 CLEVELAND BROWNS

 

  • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon, defensive back: Intercepted four passes last season for Kansas City. 

 

RELEASED: Cleveland released offensive lineman Fred Lauina, Oregon State. He had been signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in May. 

 

 DALLAS COWBOYS

 

  • Tyree Robinson, Oregon, safety: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. 

 

 DENVER BRONCOS

  • Royce Freeman, Oregon, running back: Denver selected Oregon's all-time leading rusher in the third round last spring. 
  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Denver released Peko and then resigned him to the practice squad. 

 

 DETROIT LIONS

 

  • LeGarrette Blount, Oregon, running back: Rushed for 766 yards last season for the Super Bowl champion Eagles. 
  • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, offensive tackle: Selected in the fifth round last spring. 

 

RELEASED: Cornerback DeShawn Shead, Portland State. Shead missed most of last season with Seattle with a knee injury suffered the year before. Detroit also cut wide receiver Jace Billingsley, Eastern Oregon. He appeared in two games last season. 

 

 GREEN BAY PACKERS 

None. 

 

 HOUSTON TEXANS

 

  • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Entering his third season. Appeared in 18 games over the past two seasons. 

 

RELEASED: Cornerback Treston Decoud, Oregon State. He appeared in 10 games last season. 

 

 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

 

None. 

 

 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

 

None. 

RELEASED: Running back Tim Cook, Oregon State. The undrafted rookie free agent in 2017 is entering his second season. Jacksonville also released undrafted rookie free agent linebacker Manase Hungalu, Oregon State.

 

KANSAS CITY

 

  • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Entering his fourth season. Nelson has appeared in 36 career games.  
  • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, wide receiver: Entering his fifth season. Has 61 career receptions. 

 

RELEASED: Kansas City released cornerback Arrion Springs, Oregon, bought brought him back to the team's practice squad.

 

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

 

  • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Entering his fourth season. Has 1,877 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns for his career. 

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS

 

  • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: On his third team in five years. Has three seasons of 1,000 receiving yards or more for his career. 
  • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: The four-time Pro Bowler enters his seventh season. Averaged 47.9 yards per punt last season. 
  • Troy Hill, Oregon, defensive back: Entering his fourth season. Hill has appeared in 24 NFL games. 
  • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Entering his third season. 
  • Johnny Mundt, Oregon, tight end: Undrafted rookie free agent from 2017. 
  • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: The five-time Pro Bowler joined the Rams over the offseason. 

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

 

  • Kiko Alonso, Oregon, linebacker: The sixth-year pro had 115 tackles last season. 

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

 

  • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Entering his sixth season in the NFL. 

 

RELEASED: The Vikings released guard Josh Andrews, Oregon State. He spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad. 

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Entering his sixth season, all with the Patriots. Has a career punting average of 45.3 yards. 
  • Patrick Chung, Oregon, safety: Entering his 10th season, eighth with the Patriots. 

 

RELEASED: Safety Eddie Pleasant, Oregon. Spent six seasons with Houston. 

 

 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

 

Max Unger, Oregon, center: The two-time Pro Bowl player is entering his ninth season. 

RELEASED: The Saints released wide receiver Josh Huff, Oregon. New Orleans also released defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux, Oregon. He was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. 

 

 NEW YORK GIANTS

 

  • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, running back: Rushed for 7,318 yards in 10 seasons with Carolina. 
  • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made 18 of 25 field goal attempts last season. 

 

NEW YORK JETS

 

None. 

RELEASED: The Jets released linebacker Obum Gwacham, Oregon State. He has appeared in 14 NFL games during his three-year career.  

 

 OAKLAND RAIDERS

 

None. 

RELEASED: Oakland released offensive lineman Cameron Hunt, Oregon. He spent last season on the 49ers' practice squad. The Raiders also released tight end Pharaoh Brown, Oregon. He signed as an undrafted rookie free agent last year and spent most of the season on the team's practice squad. 

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

 

  • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Cut by Seattle and then signed by the Eagles, 
  • Haloti Ngata, Oregon, defensive tackle: The five-time Pro Bowler is entering his 13th season. 
  • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Entering his third season. Has appeared in 23 games. 

 

RELEASED:  Philadelphia released offensive tackle Taylor Hart, Oregon. He was set to enter his fifths season. Linebacker Joe Walker, Oregon, was also released. He appeared in 12 games as a rookie last season. Former Oregon State wide receiver Marcus Wheaton was also released.   

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

 

  • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in 16 games last season.  Entering his third year. 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

 

  • Arik Armstead, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his fourth season. The former first-round pick appeared in just six games last year. 
  • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver:  Had 396 yards on kick off returns last season. He has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 
  • DeForest Buckner, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his second year after making 45 tackles last season. 

 

 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

  • Ed Dickson, Oregon, tight end: Entering his ninth season. Caught 30 passes for 437 yards last season. 
  • Dion Jordan, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his second season with Seattle. Had for sacks in five games last season. 

 

RELEASED: Linebacker D.J. Alexander, Oregon State. He later signed with Philadelphia. He has played three seasons withi 34 career tackles in 44 games. 

 

 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

 

  • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Entering his eighth season. Rushed for 244 yards last season with the Buccaneers.  

 

 TENNESSEE TITANS

 

  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon, quarterback: Entering his fourth season. Had a career low 13 touchdown passes last season. 

 

 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  • Byron Marshall, Oregon, running back: Entering third season, second with Washington.  

 

RELEASED: Washington released offensive lineman Alex Balducci, Oregon (Central Catholic H.S., Portland). 

 

Chicago Bears RB Ryan Nall leads all rushers in preseason game

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Chicago Bears RB Ryan Nall leads all rushers in preseason game

Chicago Bears running back Ryan Nall, out of Oregon State, lead all rushers with 95 yards on nine carries Thursday night during a 30-27 preseason loss at Cincinnati

Nall's long run covered 69 yards in the third quarter. Nall, an undrafted rookie free agent, broke loose along the right sideline and appeared to be gone for a touchdown before he was run down from behind by a Bengals' defensive back and dragged down at the Cincinnati 13-yard line. 

Nall also caught one pass for nine yards. 

Chicago's top three running backs, Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen and Benny Cunningham, did not play. Nall has virtually no chance to crack the top three on Chicago's depth chart, but he could make the team's practice squad should he perform well on special teams. 

Nall carried the ball seven times for 13 yards during a loss to Baltimore last week. 

Former Oregon State RB Ryan Nall makes NFL debut with Bears

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Former Oregon State RB Ryan Nall makes NFL debut with Bears

Former Oregon State running back Ryan Nall made his NFL debut Thursday night with the Chicago Bears during the Hall of Fame preseason game against Baltimore in Canton, Ohio.

Nall carried the ball seven times for 13 yards with a long of four yards. He also caught one pass for five yards (he was targeted three times) and had one tackle on special teams. Chicago lost 17-16. 

Nall, signed by Chicago as an undrafted rookie free agent following the NFL Draft, is a long shot to make the Bears roster. 

He entered the game on offense in the third quarter and during one drive carried the ball five times with the final carry coming on fourth down with one yard needed to gain a first down. Nall was stopped for a one-yard loss at the Baltimore 28. One of Nall's carries on the drive was negated because of a holding penalty.

On the Bears' next drive, Nall carried the ball once for three yards and then later made a tackle following a Bears' fumble. 

Tracking Ducks, Beavers and other locals in the NFL

Tracking Ducks, Beavers and other locals in the NFL

NFL training camps swing into action in the coming days so it's time to take a look at the familiar faces from the state of Oregon currently on NFL rosters. 

Below is a list of players in the NFL that hail from Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State, Western Oregon, Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon and high schools from across the state. 

The Ducks lead the way with 35 players. Oregon State has 22 players in the league. 

Teams most represented by players from the state are the Los Angeles Rams, a potential Super Bowl contender, with six, followed by the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles with five.  

Former OSU wide receiver Brandin Cooks was acquired by the Rams this offseason to give the team potentially one of the more explosive offenses in the league. The Rams also acquired defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh out of Portland's Grant High School. 

The Eagles lost former Ducks running back Kenjon Barner to Carolina during the offseason but gained former UO defensive tackle Haloti Ngata

Seattle is next in line with four players, three from Oregon, including tight end Ed Dickson

Below is a list of the known players from the state that are in the NFL. If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

 

 ARIZONA CARDINALS

None. 

 ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Sean Harlow, Oregon State, guard: The 2017 fourth-round pick enters his second season. Spent all of last season inactive. 
  • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Entering his 10th season. 
  • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Spent last season on Baltimore's practice squad. Signed with Atlanta on May 18. 

 

 BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. 
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: Entering his third season. Appeared in 16 games last season and finished with 90 total tackles. 

 

 BUFFALO BILLS

 

  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Entering his sixth season. Intercepted five passes in 2017. 

 

 CAROLINA PANTHERS

 

  • Kenjon Barner, Oregon, running back:  Returns to Carolina, where he spent his rookie season, after winning Super Bowl with Philadelphia in his fifth season. 
  • Evan Baylis, Oregon, tight end: Spent last season with Baltimore where he appeared in one game. 
  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Entering his fourth season. Had 19 tackles last season. 

 

 CHICAGO BEARS

  • Tanner Carew, Oregon, long snapper: Undrafted rookie free agent was cut by Seattle and then signed by the Bears. 
  • Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, center: Entering his fourth season. 
  • Kyle Long, Oregon, guard: Entering his sixth season. A three-time Pro Bowl player. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. 

 

 CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

  • Jake Fisher, Oregon, offensive tackle: Entering his fourth season. Has started 11 career games. 

 

 CLEVELAND BROWNS

 

  • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon, defensive back: Intercepted four passes last season for Kansas City. 
  • Fred Lauina, Oregon State, offensive line: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in May. 

 

 DALLAS COWBOYS

 

  • Tyree Robinson, Oregon, safety: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. 

 

 DENVER BRONCOS

  • Royce Freeman, Oregon, running back: Denver selected Oregon's all-time leading rusher in the third round last spring. 
  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Entering second season. Appeared in six games last season. 

 

 DETROIT LIONS

 

  • Jace Billingsley, Eastern Oregon, wide receiver: Appeared in two games last season. 
  • LeGarrette Blount, Oregon, running back: Rushed for 766 yards last season for the Super Bowl champion Eagles. 
  • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, offensive tackle: Selected in the fifth round last spring. 
  • DeShawn Shead, Portland State, defensive back: Shead missed most of last season with Seattle with a knee injury suffered the year before. 

 

 GREEN BAY PACKERS 

None. 

 

 HOUSTON TEXANS

 

  • Treston Decoud, Oregon State, cornerback: Entering his second year. Appeared in 10 games last season. 
  • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Entering his third season. Appeared in 18 games over the past two seasons. 

 

 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

 

None. 

 

 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

 

  • Tim Cook, Oregon State, running back: The undrafted rookie free agent in 2017 is entering his second season. 
  • Manase Hungalu, Oregon State, linebacker: Undrafted rookie free agent. 

 

KANSAS CITY

 

  • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Entering his fourth season. Nelson has appeared in 36 career games. 
  • Arrion Springs, Oregon, defensive back: Undrafted rookie free agent. 
  • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, wide receiver: Entering his fifth season. Has 61 career receptions. 

 

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

 

  • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Entering his fourth season. Has 1,877 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns for his career. 

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS

 

  • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: On his third team in five years. Has three seasons of 1,000 receiving yards or more for his career. 
  • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: The four-time Pro Bowler enters his seventh season. Averaged 47.9 yards per punt last season. 
  • Troy Hill, Oregon, defensive back: Entering his fourth season. Hill has appeared in 24 NFL games. 
  • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Entering his third season. 
  • Johnny Mundt, Oregon, tight end: Undrafted rookie free agent. 
  • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: The five-time Pro Bowler joined the Rams over the offseason. 

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

 

  • Kiko Alonso, Oregon, linebacker: The sixth-year pro had 115 tackles last season. 

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

 

  • Josh Andrews, Oregon State, guard: Spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad. 
  • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Entering his sixth season in the NFL. 

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Entering his sixth season, all with the Patriots. Has a career punting average of 45.3 yards. 
  • Patrick Chung, Oregon, safety: Entering his 10th season, eighth with the Patriots. 
  • Eddie Pleasant, Oregon, safety: Recently signed with New England. Spent six seasons with Houston. 

 

 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

 

  • Josh Huff, Oregon, wide receiver: Entering his fourth season, first with the Saints. 
  • Henry Mondeaux, Oregon, defensive line: Undrafted rookie free agent. 
  • Max Unger, Oregon, center: The two-time Pro Bowl player is entering his ninth season. 

 

 NEW YORK GIANTS

 

  • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, running back: Rushed for 7,318 yards in 10 seasons with Carolina. 
  • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made 18 of 25 field goal attempts last season. 

 

NEW YORK JETS

 

  • Obum Gwacham, Oregon State, linebacker:  Entering his fourth season. Has appeared in 14 NFL games. 

 

 OAKLAND RAIDERS

 

  • Cameron Hunt, Oregon, offensive line: Spent last season on the 49ers' practice squad. Signed with Oakland in May. 
  • Pharaoh Brown, Oregon, tight end: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent last year. Spent most of the season on the team's practice squad. 

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

  • Taylor Hart, Oregon, offensive tackle:  Entering his fifth season. Began his career as a defensive lineman. 
  • Haloti Ngata, Oregon, defensive tackle: The five-time Pro Bowler is entering his 13th season. 
  • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Entering his third season. Has appeared in 23 games. 
  • Joe Walker, Oregon, linebacker: Appeared in 12 games as a rookie last season. 
  • Marcus Wheaton, Oregon State, wide receiver: Entering his sixth season. Spent last year with the Bears. 

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

 

  • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in 16 games last season.  Entering his third year. 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

 

  • Arik Armstead, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his fourth season. The former first-round pick appeared in just six games last year. 
  • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver:  Had 396 yards on kick off returns last season.
  • DeForest Buckner, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his second year after making 45 tackles last season. 

 

 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

  • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Entering his fourth season. Has 34 career tackles in 44 games. 
  • Ed Dickson, Oregon, tight end: Entering his ninth season. Caught 30 passes for 437 yards last season. 
  • Dion Jordan, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his second season with Seattle. Had for sacks in five games last season. 

 

 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

 

  • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Entering his eighth season. Rushed for 244 yards last season with the Buccaneers.  

 

 TENNESSEE TITANS

 

  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon, quarterback: Entering his fourth season. Had a career low 13 touchdown passes last season. 

 

 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  • Alex Balducci, Oregon (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), offensive line: Originally with San Francisco as an undrafted rookie free agent. 
  • Byron Marshall, Oregon, running back: Entering third season, second with Washington.  

 

Ryan Nall goes undrafted but signs deal with Chicago Bears

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Ryan Nall goes undrafted but signs deal with Chicago Bears

Despite going un-drafted, running back Ryan Nall out of Oregon State University has joined the Chicago Bears. 

Nall was Oregon High School 6A Offensive Player of the Year prior to heading to Corvallis. Originally was expected to play tight end/h-back for the Beavers, but injuries forced him back to running back, where he thrived.

Nall joined a running back committee his freshman year, rushing for 455 yards and three touchdowns.

Nall would end up starting the next two seasons, but never reached the 1,000-yard mark. However, much of this had to do with injuries and inconsistent play along the front line. He managed to put up decent numbers despite the Beavers struggles to grab wins.

For his career Nall totaled 2,216 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. While those numbers may not jump out at you at first, consider that in they both rank among the Top 10 All-Time career numbers at OSU (8th most career rushing yards, and 7th most career rushing touchdowns).

 

Oregon State falls apart in second half, drops opener to Colorado State.

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Oregon State falls apart in second half, drops opener to Colorado State.

There are a few reasons for optimism following the first game of the Beavers season.  However, grabbing a big early season win isn’t one of them.  The Beavers came into Fort Collins as underdogs, but many felt they had what it takes to pull the upset.

That looked to be the case early on, as the Beavers were the first team to get on the scoreboard. A big strike through the air from new quarterback Jake Luton to Timmy Hernandez gave OSU the 7-0 early in the first quarter.

For much of the first half it was a well played, back-and-forth matchup, but one arguable call in the final seconds of the first half would permanently shift the momentum in favor of the Rams.

Colorado scored a touchdown to take the 24-17 lead with just 1:19 left in the half. With the clock ticking away Oregon State started to march down the field putting together a near perfect two-minute drill.

With 13 seconds on the clock, and the ball on the CSU 7-yard-line, the Beavers had time for one more play. Luton took the snap, scrambled under pressure, side armed a pass around the defense, and found the outstretched arms of a diving Noah Togiai for the tying score. Or did he?

The ruling on the field was incomplete, but was sent upstairs for video review.  It looked as if Togiai had control of the ball, with a knee inbounds, as he fell out of play. Every replay they showed looked like a touchdown. Twitter thought it was a touchdown. Television announcers thought it was a touchdown. I thought it was touchdown. But when the review was finished the referees stayed with their original call of an incomplete pass.

Oregon State settled for a field goal and headed to the locker room trailing 24-20, rather than knotted up at 24.

That play seemed to take the wind out of the Beavers sails, and swung the momentum to the home team. The Rams came out and outscored the Beavers 17-0 in the third quarter and never looked back.

The second half seemed to be nothing but a constant replay of a Beavers turnover followed by a Rams score. Interceptions, fumbles, it didn’t matter. CSU found ways to frustrate the Beavers and grind the Oregon State offense to a halt.

The Beavers looked good early, and behind Ryan Nall they had 125 yards on the ground in the first half. In the second half they managed just 30 rushing yards. That is pretty much a quick way to sum up the game for the Beavers.

But it’s not all negative for the Beavers. Despite the high number of interceptions, Jake Luton showed that for the first time since Sean Mannion was on campus, the Beavers might have some semblance of a passing game. Last season the Beavers averaged just 29.4 passing attempts and 174 yards per game. In the loss to the Rams Luton had 27 pass completions on 47 attempts, for 304 yards and two touchdowns.  Sure, he did have three interceptions, but it was still one of the better quarterback performances the Beavers have seen in some time.

The loss leaves a sour taste in the mouths of Beavers fans, but the season is still young. Now all eyes will look to the next opponent: The Portland State Vikings. Anything less than a blowout win for the Beavers and then we may want to sound the horns of concern. As we saw against CSU, the Beavers can shoot themselves in the foot and easily become their own worst enemy. Hopefully next Saturday the Beavers are playing only the Vikings, not the Vikings and themselves.

Final Score in Fort Collins: Colorado State 58 – Oregon State 27

Next Up: The Beavers open up their home schedule against the FCS Portland State Vikings. Kickoff is set for 11:00 AM, Saturday, Sept. 2nd.

 

Thomas Tyner a luxury for Oregon State's already strong running game

Thomas Tyner a luxury for Oregon State's already strong running game

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Former Oregon running back Thomas Tyner, making a comeback with Oregon State, is not yet the running back he was while with the Ducks in 2014. 

“He’s gained some weight but our weight room coaches have done a good job of getting him into shape,” OSU senior linebacker Manase Hungalu said Wednesday at Pac-12 Media Days. 

Tyner is listed at 232 pounds on OSU's website, up 17 from the 215 he played at for the Ducks before his 2015 ended following preseason shoulder surgery.  

“Thomas is a great addition,” junior RB Ryan Nall said. “He’s got to be back into the flow of things. It’s kind of hard after being out of the game for two years and jumping back in.”

Tyner is not carrying blubber, according to Nall. The former Aloha High School star has simply bulked up beyond the ideal weight for him to take advantage of his speed that made him a 6A champion in the 100 meters while at Aloha. Nall said Tyner definitely appeared to be a bit rusty and slow during the team's first practice this earlier week.

“But he’s still got it," Nall said. "Once he chips that rust off and gets back into it, I think he’ll do good things for us.”

Tyner played at Oregon in 2013 and 2014 before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery prior to the 2015 season. Rather than return to the Ducks in 2016, Tyner elected to retire. Now he's got the itch to return to the field. The way his medical retirement was written didn't allow for him to return to Oregon. Tyner had considered going to OSU out of high school so heading to the Beavers was a natural fit.  

"I definitely missed it," Tyner told reporters Tuesday in Corvallis. "I think it's just more excited than anything. I'm excited to get to play this season." 

Hungalu said he definitely saw flashes of the old Tyner during that first practice. 

“He did a good job running the ball,” Hungalu said. “He looked how he looked at Oregon, which is a good thing for us.”

It will be interesting to see how Tyner fits in. He had a productive career at UO but Nall is the man for the Beavers.

Tyner said he expects to learn a lot from Nall in terms of operating within the Beavers' offense. For Tyner, returning is more about erasing the prospects of always wondering what he could have done next on the football field than it is about being the guy. 

"Once you're about ready to be done with school and you have to figure out what you want to do with your life and I don't like living with 'what ifs," he said. "I felt like the 'what if' was football with me. I didn't want to go out how I did, medically retiring. I felt like I owed it to myself."

Oregon State's bowl dreams will become reality in Gary Andersen's third year

Oregon State's bowl dreams will become reality in Gary Andersen's third year

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - This time, fantasy will become bowl game reality for Oregon State. 

OSU players invited to take part in Pac-12 Media Days the past two seasons under coach Gary Andersen talked openly about their goals of reaching a bowl game.  It didn't happen. Not even close. Instead, the Beavers went 2-10 in 2015 (zero wins in the Pac-12) in Andersen's first season after replacing Mike Riley, and then 4-8 last season (3-6 Pac-12). 

To be fair, the players' beliefs were largely based on competitiveness, hope, bravado and perhaps some innocent delusion. This time around, however, the Beavers truly have good reason to believe that the program could realistically return to a bowl game for the first time since winning the Hawaii Bowl in 2014. 

Junior running back Ryan Nall and senior linebacker Manase Hungalu expressed such sentiments during today's media session. For the first time in three years, such talk didn't sound like a misguided pipe dream.  That's because for the first time during the Andersen era, the Beavers might actually have both the physicality and mental toughness to get it done. 

"This is a part of a process," Hungalu said. "It's just a process that we're building upon. Coach A is doing a great job with that. And we all understand that in order for what we want, we just have to continue to keep working and continue to keep playing and the results will show for itself."

Oregon State will likely never be a place where high-end recruits flock. Nor will it ever have the resources that nearby Oregon and Washington possess. But that doesn't mean the Beavers can't win. It just means that they have to be more calculating and deliberate to get it done. 

Unheralded recruits must be developed through patience and great coaching. Both physically and mentally. Last year, Andersen said here that the Beavers had to become more physical after getting pushed around by opponents in 2014. 

The Beavers were certainly tougher last season, improving by about a touchdown in both points scored and points allowed, moving from 19 points scored per game in 2015 with 37 allowed to 26 and 30. . That allowed the Beavers to play in more close games.

"At the end of the day we played physically with every team in this league," Andersen said. "That is very, very important."

That progression continued this summer with 50 players, Andersen said, who can now squat 500 pounds or more. 

However, mentally the Beavers simply weren't ready to win enough of those games to become bowl eligible. 

OSU lost three games by seven points or less: 30-23 at Minnesota, 19-14 vs. Utah and 35-31 vs. Washington State. Three other losses came by 14 or less, meaning OSU was at least in those contests. 

Losing close contests stuck with Nall all offseason. Especially the Washington State game in which the Beavers led 24-6 at halftime only to see WSU scored 22 points in the third quarter and ultimately win, 35-31.

"Our execution," Nall said. "It comes down to that. Whether it's on offense or defense, make sure we do our assignment instead of doing too much If we do the little things. If we execute. We will have a chance to win every single game."

Hungalu agrees. 

"I go back to being consistent and disciplined," he said. "Those games slipped away from us from little mistakes. Mistakes that shouldn't have happened."

So, while the team focused last year on becoming stronger and tougher, this offseason they worked as much on their mental approach. 

Andersen spent part of the offseason going through different situations and scenarios from last season that went south to try and pinpoint areas of concern. 

Andersen said mistakes and silly penalties cost the team and must be cleaned up this season. That endeavor will include some simplification to improve coaching and teaching and overall team-wide communication. 

"I think that naturally happens in three years," Andersen said. "But now it needs to be automatic."

Could a dramatic turnaround be in store for the Beavers?

Why not? Colorado did it. Buffaloes coach Mike MacIntyre won a total of 10 games during his first three seasons before going 10-4 (8-1). Colorado hadn't reached a bowl game since 2007 before taking the Pac-12 by surprise to win the South and reach the conference title game where the Buffaloes lose to Washington. 

Nall said the Beavers hope to duplicate Colorado's sudden success.

"I definitely see ourselves doing that," Nall said. "I have confidence in our team. I trust the process with Coach A and our staff. I believe we're going to have a successful year."

For the first time in years, such talk shouldn't be dismissed. 

Beavers go old school in Civil War to beat the Ducks

Beavers go old school in Civil War to beat the Ducks

There were glory days in Corvallis so long ago, when the "Great Pumpkin," Dee Andros, was coaching Oregon State's football "Giant Killers."

Andros ran what they called a "full-house backfield" -- a throwback to the old basic T-formation, and he handed the ball to his fullback, time after time. Legends like Bill Enyart, Pete Pifer and Dave Schilling carried the ball as often as 50 times in a game as the physical Beavers pounded teams into submission.

But those hard-nosed fullbacks need to move over and make room for one more -- current Beaver Ryan Nall.

Nall, the sophomore out of Central Catholic, battered the Ducks for 155 yards and four touchdowns as the Beavers rushed for 310 yards.

Oregon State Coach Gary Andersen has made toughness a cornerstone of his program and in just his second season at OSU he saw evidence that it's paying off. The Beavers dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Ducks 13-0 to overcome a 10-point deficit.

And on the other side of the field, Oregon, a three-point favorite, saw its eight-game Civil War win streak come to an end on a day when it appeared it had the edge. When the Ducks jumped to a 24-14 lead in the third quarter it seemed they were on the way to a big win.

But they couldn't put the determined Beavers away.

Will that be it for Oregon Coach Mark Helfrich? I wouldn't be surprised, either way. This game exposed Oregon's soft defense and inconsistent offense, problems that have plagued the Ducks all season. With the game on the line, the underdog Beavers manhandled Oregon.

There will be plenty of time to talk about that. Right now, it's only fair to salute the Beavers for claiming a milestone win for Andersen in his effort to turn the program around.

Andros would be so proud.

Civil War Prediction: Herbert and Oregon's offense too much for OSU

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Civil War Prediction: Herbert and Oregon's offense too much for OSU

There's little reason to believe that Oregon's defense will slow down Oregon State's offense led by bruising running back Ryan Nall in Saturday's 120th Civil War at Reser Stadium. 

The Ducks are simply too battered and young on defense to do so despite the unit's strong showing during last week's 30-28 upset win at then-No. 11 Utah. 

Where Oregon should have the advantage in the game that kicks off at 1 p.m. is when the Ducks' balanced and potent offense, led by freshman quarterback Justin Herbert and re-energized junior running back Royce Freeman, is on the field against the Beavers' defense. 

OSU's defense has held its own mostly against one-dimensional teams, such as Utah (19-14 loss) and Stanford (26-15 loss). Teams with strong passing and rushing attacks have eaten the Beavers' defense alive. 

Oregon fits that mold. 

A case could be made that OSU's passing defense is solid. The Beavers rank fourth in the Pac-12 in passing defense (211 yards allowed per game) and have surrendered just 13 touchdown passes (fourth fewest in the conference). OSU on Oct. 8 did a number on California quarterback Davis Webb, holding him to 113 yards passing with zero touchdowns and one interception on 45 attempts (23 completions) during a 47-44 overtime win at Reser. 

But that could be viewed as more of a fluke buoyed by the fact that Cal rushed for 317 yards and four touchdowns on the Beavers. Other strong passing teams have feasted on OSU's defense. Washington State junior quarterback Luke Falk threw for 415 yards and five touchdowns against OSU. Washington sophomore Jake Browning passed for 291 and three touchdowns.  Colorado redshirt freshman Steven Montez racked up 293 yards and three touchdowns.

Doing to Herbert what OSU did to Web will require slowing down Freeman and the Ducks' rushing attack. Teams simply have not shut down Oregon's passing attack over the years when the running game is rolling beyond maybe limiting passing yards simply because UO leans on its running game.

The Ducks' rushing attack ignites the entire scheme because it sets the pace of play Oregon seeks to achieve while also creating enviable passing situations.

Nothing OSU has done this season indicates it will slow down UO's running game. OSU ranks 10th in the conference in rushing defense while UO leads the conference in rushing. 

Freeman needs 161 rushing yards to reach 1,000, and will likely get it. If UO simply gets 225 rushing yards, that will open the floodgates for Herbert and the Beavers will be toast. 

Herbert has had mediocre games against teams like No. 6 Washington, at No. 12 USC and home against Stanford. In those three games, Herbert passed for five touchdowns with three interceptions. However, those teams slowed down UO's running game nad happen to possess three of the five top ranked defenses in the conference.

Teams ranked below that threshold have been at Herbert's mercy. He lit up California, Arizona State and Utah for 13 touchdown passes with one interceptions. He threw for six touchdowns at Cal and he tied a program record with 489 yards passing against Arizona State. Last week against a solid Utah defense, Herbert had four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in the second half. 

All of that spell trouble for the Beavers. 

A quick look at OSU:

Oregon at Oregon State

When: 1 p.m., Reser Stadium, Corvallis. 

T.V.: Pac-12 Networks. 

Betting line: Oregon by 3.

Records: Oregon (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12), OSU (3-8, 2-6). 

Coaches: Oregon's Mark Helfrich (37-15); OSU's Gary Andersen (5-18 at OSU, 54-56 overall). 

Last week: Oregon won 30-28 at No. 21 Utah. Oregon State won 42-10 over Arizona.  

Beavers' impact players: Nall will certainly do damage to Oregon. The question is whether sophomore quarterback Marcus McMaryion can duplicate what he did during a 42-10 win over Arizona last week.

McMaryion delivered by far his best performance with 265 passing yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. In five prior outings McMaryion threw for four touchdowns with five interceptions.

The Ducks' defense is vulnerable against just about anything so it's reasonable to consider that McMaryion would have a strong game. If he does, that would place even more pressure on Oregon's offense to get into the 40s in order to win.

OSU's receivers haven't exactly a threatening bunch. Then again, mediocre quarterback play hasn't helped.

McMaryion had his monster game minus receivers Victor Bolden Jr. and Seth Collins.  Collins is reportedly still out while Bolden could return. He would bring an added boost and compliment junior Jordan Villamin, who had six receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown against Arizona. 

On defense, senior inside linebacker Caleb Saulo ranks third in the conference with 7.9 tackles per game while junior inside linebacker Manase Hungalu ranks tied for fourth with 7.4.  Sophomore outside linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu has 5 1/2 sacks and ranks tied for sixth in the conference with 11 tackles for loss. 

Fear factor (five-point scale): 4. On paper, Oregon has got this. 

But the Civil War rarely plays out as expected. The Ducks are young, have a weak defense and are playing on the road against a hungry Beavers team that must smell blood in the stream.

While real life Beavers are herbivores, the OSU version would like nothing more than to feast on these Ducks for the first time since 2007. 

OSU will play the Civil War as if it were a bowl game, so if the Ducks come unprepared, they will lose. If Oregon truly turned the corner as a team last week against Utah, it will roll. 

Prediction: Oregon 45, OSU 30. The Ducks will clear 500 yards of total offense and put way too much pressure on OSU to keep up. If Oregon State plays like it did against Cal, or McMaryion plays like he did against Arizona, the Beavers will be in position to steal this game. That said, the Ducks could be playing for their jobs of their coaching staff and are coming off of a huge showing at Utah. The team on display that day beats any team OSU has put on the field all season long. Smart money is on those Ducks showing up in Corvallis.