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Upgrade or Downgrade? - Split End

First of all, I hope everyone had a great fourth and got to blow a few things up. A couple things to hit on before we jump into football discussion.

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Now, to the real point of this post:

The Beavers had some big losses due to graduation last year, but also return some key playmakers. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at who leaves and who returns, and decide if what we have this year is an upgrade or downgrade at each position in question. Click on the player names for additional information, but the main question is whether you think Darrell Catchings is an upgrade or a downgrade over Sammie Stroughter. *Perhaps* this is an easy one to start with.

Last Year:

Sammie Stroughter

#19 / Wide Receiver / Oregon St. Beavers




This Year:

Darrell Catchings

#15 / Wide Receiver / Oregon St. Beavers




The poll is important, but I'm a lot more interested in the discussion in this case. I know most of you will say that Sammie is the better of the two, but why?

--Jake (

PS: Hat-tip to Double-T Nation for the idea of this post.