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Brandon Hardin heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 3/79 - Brandon Hardin, S, 6-3, 220, Oregon State...Missed the 2011 season with a fractured shoulder that required season-ending surgery, although he returned to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Has been cleared medically by the Bears. Started 12 games at cornerback as a junior in 2010, but the Bears will play him at strong safety. High marks for physical, aggressive tackling. COULD SURPRISE: Safety Brandon Hardin. At 6-3 and 220 pounds, he had the athleticism to play cornerback at Oregon State, but he projects to strong safety and has the toughness, size and tackling ability to thrive there. Had he not missed the entire 2011 season with a fractured shoulder, Hardin would have been a much hotter prospect, and the Bears are assured that he is 100 percent healthy. - The Sports Xchange
Andy Levitre heading into rSr season: 2008: All-American first-team selection by the American Football Coaches Association and Pro Football Weekly, earning second-team honors from the Associated Press...First-team All-Pac-10 Conference and Academic All-Pac-10 choice...Member of the Outland Trophy, Lombardi Trophy and Draddy Award preseason watch lists...Served as team co-captain, as he started all 13 games at left offensive tackle...Missed a good portion of the second half of the season opener vs. Stanford due to leg cramps...Recorded 91 knockdowns and 14 touchdown-resulting blocks, adding eight more blocks down field...Made a solo tackle vs. Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl and recovered a fumble vs. California...Penalized seven times, including six false starts (career-high four penalties vs. Utah)...Allowed three quarterback pressures and five sacks for losses totaling 37 yards on 425 pass plays... Finished with an 83.23 percent grade for blocking consistency...Helped the team average 360.57 yards in total offense, rank fourth in the conference in passing (242.36 ypg) and scoring (27.79 ppg) and place third in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency (139.29 rating)...2007: Started every game at either right or left tackle...Pac-10 Conference second team as selected by the coaches...also Pac-10 second team All-Academic...2006: Levitre started in game four of the season after senior starter Josh Linehan injured a knee in game three vs. Idaho... a key component for one of the most significant blocks in the program's history on the Yvenson Bernard two-point conversion run to win the Sun Bowl...Levitre earned Pac-10 Honorable Mention as a player and academically...one of the five offensive line starters to earn postseason honors...2005: Levitre started in game four of the season after senior starter Josh Linehan injured a knee in game three vs. Idaho... 2004: Redshirt. Personal: Pronounced Levitre (Luh-Vee-Tree)...Andy has four brothers: Erick, Travis, Logan and Ryan...Erick was an offensive guard at Arizona, exhausting his eligibility last year.
*Brandin Cooks heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 1/20 -- Brandin Cooks, WR, 5-10, 189, Oregon State...After trading Darren Sproles, the Saints needed to replace his speed and they did in choosing Cooks after moving up seven spots in the first round. - The Sports Xchange
*Scott Crichton heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 3/72 - Scott Crichton, DE, 6-3, 272, Oregon State...Claiming "you can never have enough pass rushers" in the NFC North, general manager Rick Spielman gave Zimmer another weapon to use in his defensive line rotation. The prototypical high-motor guy, Crichton can rush from either end spot or inside in nickel packages. - The Sports Xchange
Sean Mannion heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Rams' nine picks: Round 3/89 - Sean Mannion, QB, 6-6, 229, Oregon State...The Pac-12's all-time leading passer, Mannion has excellent size and football smarts. He worked hard during pre-draft workouts to improve his footwork and delivery, so it will be important to see if he reverts to bad habits. - The Sports Xchange
Stephen Paea heading into rSr season: 2010: 2010 PAC-10 PAT TILLMAN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...Paea was a consensus All-American for the 2010 season and was named the Pac-10 Conference's Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, he was honored as the recipient of the league's Morris Trophy for the second straight year as the league's top defensive lineman. Paea finished the season with 45 tackles, including 10 tackles-for-loss and six quarterback sacks. He also caused four fumbles during the season and is the new OSU record holder for career forced fumbles with nine. He was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player, and was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after OSU's 36-7 victory over No. 20 USC. The native of Tonga started 37 games after arriving on campus as a sophomore. He concluded his career with 129 tackles and 14 quarterback sacks...2009: Co-recipient of the Pac-10's Morris Trophy, given annually to the league's top defensive lineman as voted on by the league's offensive linemen ... Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List ... All-Pac-10 First Team... Team-leading 8.5 tackles for loss and co-leader for sacks with three ... Four forced fumbles ties the OSU single season record ...2008: Paea made an immediate impact on the Beavers' defense ... Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com picked him as having the eighth best performance in a bowl game for being a "disruptive force" ... Bothered the last month of the season with a bursa sack on his knee, forcing him to miss the start of the season finale ... 41 tackles for the season, including a career-high 6 vs. California and WSU ... 11 TFLs and five sacks - impressive numbers for a tackle in the OSU system ...JC: Helped Snow to an undefeated regular season and national ranking of No. 3 ... Redshirted in 2006 ... Graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree early so that he could enroll at OSU ... Was a teammate of current Beaver Sioeli Nau.
Alex Linnenkohl heading into rSr season: 2010: All Pac-10 Second Team (coaches)...has quietly developed into one of the top centers in the country ... a postseason honors candidate after earning Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention in 2009 ... Rimington Award candidate ... started 38 straight games at center over the last three seasons for the Beavers after taking over the position from current Indianapolis Colts starter Kyle DeVan ... co-team captain...2009: 26 consecutive starts after taking over the position from current Indianapolis Colts starter Kyle DeVan ... co-team captain...Started every game, earning Pac-10 Honorable Mention ... Pac-10 Academic Honorable Mention...2008: Started all 13 games ... Pac-10 Academic Honorable Mention...2007: Played in two games...2006: Redshirt.
Markus Wheaton heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 3/79 - Markus Wheaton, WR, 5-11, 182, Oregon State...Another big need filled by the Steelers with a speed receiver to take the roster spot of departed Mike Wallace. Ran 4.5 at the combine but the Steelers consider him much faster, quicker. Holds the Beavers record with 227 receptions. Emmanuel Sanders will likely leave as a free agent in 2014. - The Sports Xchange
Al Afalava heading into Sr season: 2008 Preseason: Charged with DUI, criminal mischief and hit-and-run in February 2008. Missed a turn and crashed his vehicle into a bus shelter at around 4:30 a.m. and then left the scene on foot...2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; 55 Sol-64 TT, 3 TFL, 1 SK, 3 PBU, 1 FF; Pac-10 Honorable Mention...third-leading tackler on the team with 64, including 56 solos...career-high 11 tackles at Arizona State and 10 in the season opener vs. Utah...recovered two fumbles for the season, both against UCLA, returning one 33 yards in the first quarter for a TD...2006: 14 GP; 9 GS; 23 Sol-35 TT, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FF; Nine starts at free safety, including the last four games...35 tackles for the season...2005: 9 GP; 4 GS; 20 Sol-32 TT, 0.5 TFL, 1 FR, 2 FF; Al was one of seven true-freshmen to play and the only one to start...missed two games with a knee injury... Personal: Born in Laie, Hawaii...his aunt, Mona Ah-Hoy led BYU-Hawaii to the national title in volleyball as a player and she currently is the head coach of the successful Kahuku HS girls volleyball team...Camilla Ah-Hoy, a cousin, is a sophomore on the OSU volleyball team...also had two uncles play college football...former prep teammate Jeremy Perry is a starter at guard for OSU.
Steven Nelson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Chiefs' nine picks: Round 3/98 - Steven Nelson, CB, 5-11, 194, Oregon State...The Chiefs think Nelson could possible work into the nickel/slot coverage position in the K.C. defense due to his excellent quickness. He also will see plenty of special teams assignments as well, maybe even returning punts. Nelson holds the Georgia state high school record for punt return touchdowns with 16 at Northside High in Warner-Robins. - The Sports Xchange
*Jacquizz Rodgers heading into Jr season: 2010: Rodgers is one of only three running backs in Pac-10 history to earn first team All-Pac-10 honors three times, and is sixth in conference history in rushing. Rodgers finishes his career at Oregon State as the school's second all-time leading rusher with 3,877 yards, which also ranks sixth in Pac-10 Conference history. He is second with 46 rushing touchdowns and is tied for second with 19 games with 100-plus yards rushing. Rodgers is also the career leader in receptions by a running back with 151 and is third with 306 points scored in his career...2009: Semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year ... Walter Camp All-American Second Team, and attended the Camp Foundation awards ceremony at the Yale University Campus - also visited ESPN studios ... All-Pac-10 First Team ... first team all-conference according to Phil Steele ... Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week after career-best 189-yard, four touchdown game vs. Stanford ... 1,440 rushing yards ranks fifth in a single season at OSU ... 21 rushing touchdowns set an OSU single season record ... 22 overall touchdowns for the season tied for third in the NCAA...2008: Arguably the biggest impact freshman in the history of the program ... missed nearly all of the last three games of the season after suffering a shoulder injury at Arizona in the first quarter on a hit by cornerback Devin Ross ... Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, first ever freshman to earn the honor ... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... second in the Pac-10 and 12th in NCAA for rushing at 113.9 yards per game ... Pac-10 Conference's all-time leading freshman rusher with 1,253 yards - then eighth for a single year at OSU (now ninth).
Obum Gwacham heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' eight picks: Round 6/209 - Obum Gwacham, DE, 6-5, 236, Oregon State...Gwacham was a receiver his first four years at Oregon State before moving to defensive end. He was a standout high jumper at OSU and the Seahawks believe they can turn his athleticism into being a productive speed pass rusher. - The Sports Xchange
Jordan Poyer heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: 7/218 - Jordan Poyer, CB, 6-0, 191, Oregon State...Another great value pick for the Eagles. Poyer was projected by many as a third- or fourth-round pick. Doesn't have great clock speed for a corner. Will be a special team contributor. Could eventually wind up at safety. - The Sports Xchange
Keenan Lewis heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 10 GS; 12 Sol-15 TT, 3 INT, 2 PBU; Missed time with a knee injury. Lewis led the team with three interceptions...intercepted ASU's Rudy Carpenter in the first quarter that led to a TD and a 16-0 lead...15 tackles...2006: 14 GP; 13 GS; 15 Sol-22 TT, 2 TFL, 1 SK, 8 PBU; Lewis earned Pac-10 Conference First Team All-Academic for the second straight year...22 tackles for the season...second on the team with eight pass breakups ...accounted for a sack and two TFLs...2005: 11 GP; 11 GS; 25 Sol-45 TT, 2 TFL, 11 PBU, 1 FF; Lewis started all 11 games and ended the year with 45 tackles, fourth on the team...led the team for pass breakups with 11...2004: Redshirt...co-defensive scout team MVP...his family evacuated from New Orleans to relatives in Houston during Hurricane Katrina.
Ryan Murphy heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' eight picks: Round 7/248 - Ryan Murphy, S, 6-1, 214, Oregon State...A cousin of Marshawn Lynch, Murphy was a productive starting safety for the Beavers for three seasons. The Seahawks need depth at safety after losing Jeron Johnson in free agency. - The Sports Xchange
Brandon Hughes heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 43 Sol-57 TT, 7 TFL, 2 INT, 12 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF; Pac-10 Second Team honors after making 12 pass breakups, tied for fifth in the league...his 57 tackles marked the fifth-highest total on the team, including seven tackles for loss...started all 13 games...in on three of the biggest tackles for not only 2007, but in Beaver history in upset win at No. 2 Cal - assisted (Greg Laybourn) on the Bears' 4th-and-goal from 1-yard line late in the third quarter stopping running back Justin Forsett... 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 28 Sol-35 TT, 2 TFL, 4 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Brandon started 12 games at cornerback, missing the first two due to an knee injury...35 tackles for the season, including a career-high seven vs. Washington State... 2005: 11 GP; 7 GS; 28 Sol-41 TT, 1 TFL, 9 PBU; Hughes started seven games at right cornerback...made his first start against Arizona State...nine pass breakups, second on the team...sixth-highest total on the team for tackles with 41...2004: Redshirt.
Victor Butler heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 1 GS; 17 Sol-25 TT, 12.5 TFL, 10.5 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 4 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF; Victor may be the quickest defensive lineman on the team...an excellent special teams contributor and a threat to block kicks...2006: 14 GP; 0 GS; 10 Sol-17 TT, 5.5 TFL, 3.5 SK, 1 QBH, 1 FR; Victor played in all 14 games and accounted for 17 tackles...a career-high four at Washington...of his 17 stops, 5.5 were for losses, including 3 sacks...2005: 9 GP; 0 GS; 1 Sol-3 TT, 1 BLK; One of seven true-freshmen to play...made three tackles for the season.
Lance Mitchell heading into rSr season: 2010: Phil Steele selected him second team All-Pac-10 Conference after starting all 12 games … had 74 tackles for the season (one for loss), third on the team … made two interceptions during the season, broke up three others … earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors after making 18 tackles in the season opener vs. TCU. 2009: Started 12 games … made 72 tackles, including 0.5 for loss, ranked third on the team … his 10 passes defended (three interceptions, seven pass break-ups) tied for seventh in the Pac-10 … created two turnovers at UNLV - one interception and forced a fumble. 2008: Played in 13 games as a special teams standout and played in the rotation at safety … 11 tackles for the season, including five against Washington State. 2007: Redshirted.
Slade Norris heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 0 GS; 13 Sol-16 TT, 10 TFL, 9 SK, 1 QBH; Slade moved from linebacker to defensive end prior to the season and accounted for nine sacks and 10 overall tackles-for-loss...16 tackles for the season...his 87 sack yards was the third-highest in the Pac-10...2006: 14 GP; 4 GS; Nine tackles for the season as a special teams and linebacker contributor...named the defensive scout team MVP following the season...2005: Injuries forced him to miss most of the season...2004: Redshirt.
Gabe Miller heading into rSr season: 2009: Began the year in the rotation before winning a starting spot at midseason ... started five straight games ... had three sacks, tied for the team lead with Stephen Paea ... forced two fumbles ... Pac-10 Academic Second Team...2008: Injuries continued to be a problem, but he did see action in a majority of games ... did not make a reception ...2007: Started seven games, making eight receptions for 124 yards for an impressive average of 15.5 ...2006: Redshirt season after suffering an injury in track prior to arriving at OSU.
Keaton Kristick heading into Sr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2007: Made 15 tackles for the season, playing all 13 games…season-high and career-high matching four tackles against Washington State. 2006: A major contributor as a true-freshman on special teams and as a reserve at linebacker…one of six true-freshmen to play…made 17 tackles for the season…rother, Kyle, was a backup quarterback at New Mexico (2001-02)…his uncle, David Kristick, was a linebacker at Army in the mid-70s.
Jeremy Perry heading into rSr season: 2008 Preseason: Required knee surgery in the spring of 2008. 2007: Perry broke a leg in the season opener vs. Utah and came back late in the year to play sparingly in two games...missed spring ball while rehabilitating from a knee injury suffered in the final game of the year against at Hawai’i, which forced him to miss the Sun Bowl...Athlon Sports preseason second team All-American...Sporting News named him the best athlete in the nation wearing No. 62. 2006: Perry began the season on the “Watch Lists” for the Outland and Lombardi Awards...Pac-10 Conference First Team. 2005: Jeremy’s honors included Pac-10 Conference Co-Freshman of the Year (Michael Thomas, WR, Arizona), Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention and the Freshman All-American teams by the College Football News and Sporting News...started all 11 games. 2004: Redshirt.
Sammie Stroughter heading into rSr season: 2007: 3 GP; 3 GS; Rush: 1-4-4-0; Rec: 15-262-17.5-2; PR: 8-41-5.1-0 KR: 1-19-19-0; Sammie missed the first game of the season due to personal issues and then returned in game two at Cincinnati...ultimately he suffered a season-ending injury (kidney) on a punt return at Arizona State in game four...prior to his injury he caught 15 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns...2006: 14 GP; 14 GS; Rush: 5-(-22)-(-4.4)-0; Rec: 74-1293-17.5-5; PR: 30-470-15.7-3; Stroughter earned Pac-10 Second Team as a receiver and punt returner...Associated Press Third Team All-American as an all-purpose player...set up OSU's game winning drive in the Sun Bowl with a 39-yard punt return...one of three finalists for the inaugural Randy Moss Return Man of the Year...first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection...2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 5-58-11.6-0; PR: 26-170-6.5-0 KR: 9-194-21.6-0; Sammie made five receptions for 58 yards as a backup, including a career-high three grabs for 21 yards at UCLA...returned at least one punt in every game and finished the year eighth in the Pac-10 with a 6.5 average...a long punt return of 29 yards against Washington State...also had nine kickoff returns, including a 29 effort at UCLA...second team Pac-10 Conference All-Academic selection...2004: 12 GP; 0 GS; PR: 28-195-7-0 KR: 8-164-20.5-0; Sammie was one of six true-freshmen to play...appeared in all 12 games...became the team's primary punt returner over the course of the season...had a 52-yard return early in the first quarter of the Insight Bowl against Notre Dame, setting up the Beavers at the Irish 27 - OSU scored the game's first touchdown four plays later...finished ninth in the Pac-10 for punt return yards per attempt at 7.0...also returned eight kickoffs during the middle of the season with a career-long of 37 against California...Pronounced: Stroughter (straw-ter).
James Dockery heading into rSr season: 2009: Made the impact in the secondary that was expected before his 2008 season was derailed by injury ... the only member of the secondary to start all 13 games in 2009 ... two interceptions, tied for second on the team ... made first career interception at USC ... picked off a pass early in the Oregon game to set up a touchdown ... tallied 1.5 tackles-for-loss at California ... had 10 passes defended, tied for seventh in the Pac-10...2008: An expected major impact player missed all of the season with a knee injury...2007: Made 12 tackles as a redshirt freshman ... played in every game...2006: Redshirt.
D.J. Alexander heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Chiefs' nine picks: Round 5/172 - D.J. Alexander, LB, 6-2, 233, Oregon State...Injuries hampered Alexander over his career in Corvallis as he missed time due to neck, knee and elbow injuries. Still, he played in 44 games and produced 209 total tackles, eight sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. He's not especially fast, but Alexander uses his foot quickness with good strength and leaping ability. He'll be a major contributor on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
James Rodgers heading into rSr season: 2010: Co-team captain ... played only four games after missing Arizona State contest with a concussion, then suffering left knee injury vs. Arizona that cost the remainder of the season ... finished with 16 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns in four starts … also rushed for 38 yards on eight carries … six punt returns covered 110 yards (18.3) per, 12 kickoff returns went for 344 yards (28.7 per) … his 243 all-purpose yards vs. Louisville earned him the Paul Hornung Player of the Week honor ... had his first career punt return for a touchdown on a 54-yard scamper at Boise State, earning College Football Performance Awards punt returner of the week. 2009: All-Pac-10 First Team as a wide receiver … 91 receptions set a new school record … 1,034 receiving yards (11.4 per) and nine receiving touchdowns led the team … had 840 kickoff return yards, including a touchdown, on 36 tries (23.3 per) … 13 punt returns covered 151 yards (11.6 per) … named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week after his 10-catch, 114-yard 1 TD performance at Arizona State. 2008: Started 12 games until suffering a broken collarbone in the last game against Oregon and missed the Sun Bowl … third on the team with 51 receptions for 607 yards and four touchdowns … had 408 rushing yards on 46 carries (8.6 per) and five scores … team's top kickoff returner with 818 yards on 33 attempts … Pac-10 co-Special Teams Player of the Week after accounting for 117 yards in kickoff returns against California, including a game-tying 86-yard return in the first quarter. 2007: Played in all 13 games, starting one … rushed for 586 yards and three touchdowns on just 50 carries, averaging 11.7 per attempt… caught 19 passes for 208 yards and a score … returned five kickoffs for 122 yards (24.4 per) … rushed for 115 yards in the Emerald Bowl victory vs. Maryland, scored two touchdowns … scored the game-winning touchdown on a 25-yard fly sweep at Oregon in double overtime. Personal: Brother, Jacquizz, was a star running back for the Beavers and was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by Atlanta as an underclassman.
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