Football News and Notes: Checking in with the Bernards

The offseason is often a good time to check in with former players, but for the Beavers, it should be time to get Yvenson working on younger brother Giovanni, the highly touted recruit out of Fourt Lauderdale. Bernard is Oregon State's second-leading rusher with 3,862 yards on his career... don't you think little brother would love to give him a run for his money?

JC Shurburtt of the ESPN Southeast recruiting blog has an update on Giovanni Bernard, the younger brother of Yvenson:

Running back Gio Bernard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas) said Sunday night he currently has a top nine in no order. He said Oklahoma, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Florida, Nebraska, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon State and Notre Dame were the nine top schools currently on his list. His older brother, Yvenson Bernard, played for the Beavers.

The 5-9, 190 pound running back from Fort Lauderdale was reported to have received offers from over 20 schools, with his favorites at one time being Oklahoma, Florida, and Florida State. For Gio to make the same jump across the country as Yvenson did would be an even more impressive feat-- Yvenson didn't have all this attention coming out of high school. If there's one selling point for Oregon State, it's gotta be the "family atmosphere" that Yvenson fit into so well. If Gio is all about glitz, attention, and all that other stuff, well, it may be tough for OSU to get him out here. I do know one thing though... the Beavers could use him. This year. Can you imagine a Quizz/Gio 1-2 punch?

Former OSU TB Yvenson Bernard is currently with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, trying to climb up the depth chart. The Bombers are 1-2 on the year... in their last game on July 2 in Edmonton, Bernard didn't make the 46-man roster cut:

CHANGES: The Bombers will leave DB Brandon Stewart, RB Yvenson Bernard, DE Riall Johnson and WR Aaron Hargreaves off their 46-man list.

Sources do say however that Bernard is still settling in as a first year CFL player, and is expected to make significant contributions. 

Fellow former Beavers Alexis Serna and defensive lineman Dorian Smith are also on the squad. 

--Jake (jake.buildingthedam@gmail.com)

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