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Over the Dam - 6.8.09

A few things to hit on this morning:

The MLB Draft is tomorrow, and several Oregon State players and recruits are expected to be drafted. Among the headliners are Ryan Ortiz and Jorge Reyes, both of which could bolt for the professional ranks without much surprise. Casey Grogan of the Daily Barometer has the full run-down, however. 

A recent article took a look at what programs do the most with less, and unsurprisingly, Oregon State was right up there in the minds of several national writers.  Richard Cirminiello of College Football News had this to say about the Beavers:

Dennis Erickson may have started the fire earlier in the decade, but Mike Riley has kept it going, and even made it burn hotter. Although we've gotten used to it, the Beavers have no business going to six bowl games in seven years, but that's exactly what they've done. UCLA, Arizona State, and Washington attract better talent out of high school, yet haven't been able to match that level of consistency because they haven't been nearly as successful in player development. Over the last five years, the Beavs' recruiting classes have been largely mediocre, yet the final product always seems to exceed expectations

Hunter Ansley of also has his take:

...the Demon Deacons haven't been as consistent as Oregon State. Corvallis is not a recruiting Mecca. And while people will point to Jacquizz Rodgers' success as evidence of solid talent evaluation, he wasn't exactly a big time name coming out of high school. Mike Riley has beaten USC the last two times the Trojans have visited - something no other team can claim. And if you don't believe that there's a huge talent gap between the two programs, then you ought to book an appointment with Dr. Phil. Oregon State has become the poster child for beating "better" opponents. Even during Riley's three-year hiatus, the Beavers proved their mettle. Their woodshedding of Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl was apparently a sign of things to come. Over the last three seasons they've beaten third-ranked USC, 18th-ranked Oregon and a top ranked Trojans team last year. Not bad for the guys who suffered through 28 consecutive losing seasons .

The Pacific Northwest Sports Blog takes a position-by-position look at the Oregon State offense. Matt likes Sean Canfield at quarterback:

Just as Lyle Moevao did last year, Sean Canfield has returned the favor as solidifying himself as the clear number one QB going into fall camp. Both players and coaches said he controlled the offense with a new found, vocal leadership that was seen from Moevao all last season. He really hit his stride this spring finding a new favorite target in Darrell Catchings. He did struggle in the spring game but it was by far his worst performance. If anyone knows Lyle Moevao, he will be the first to tell you not to count him out. Known as a fierce competitor, look for Moevao to hit fall camp hard and really push Sean for the number one spot. Coming off of shoulder surgery, Moevao is expected to be fully recuperated and healthy, something that he hasn't seen since Dexter Davis sacked him in the ASU game last season.

In the track and field world, Cynthia Castro has resigned after five years as assistant track coach. Says head coach Kelly Sullivan: "The job is a highly-desired one so we look forward to the next person coming in. We hope to find her replacement soon." Get your applications in, Beaver Nation. 

Also on the personnel front, Kelly Harness is back next to Coach Riley in the football offices after a year off to work on her masters. 

Oregon State senior golfer Alex Williams is the Pac-10 men's golf scholar-athlete of the year

And, lastly, men's rowing wrapped up the IRA Championships with a ninth place finish in the Open 4+, and 16th place in both the Varsity 8+ and Freshman 8+. Head Coach Steve Todd on the performance: "I think we ended up right about the best we could do. The guys tried their hardest and got the result we were meant to get."

--Jake (