Oregon St. really benefited from last week bye, getting several banged up Beavers back in action for the Washington St. trip.
The rushing game should get a worthwhile boost with the return of both RB Storm Woods, who suffered a concussion in the Utah win, and FB Tyler Anderson, who has shook off a pulled hamstring that sidelined him in both San Diego and against Colorado. Woods told reporters today that he feels great, and everything is as good as ever, his legs, his hands, his eyes, and his moves. After nearly a month off, its like the start of the year all over again, according to Woods.
Oregon St. also gets Grant Enger, who suffered a partial tear of his MCL against Hawaii, back, and the depth chart released today shows Enger starting at right guard.
Center Josh Mitchell has also recovered from a sprained ankle, but won't be starting, as Isaac Seumalo will move back to his normal center position.
Freshman Sean Harlow has gotten most of the reps with the first string at right tackle during the extended break, and right now is listed as the starter for Saturday, though offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf did indicate a final decision on that will come later in the week, as Gavin Andrews, who contracted mononucleosis right before the start of the season has also been practicing for the last 2 weeks, and is available as well.
TE Connor Hamlett was a concern as well going into the break, even getting an MRI on his knee. But though Hamlett has been practicing with a wrap on the knee, he's been working with the 1s, and is expected to be ready to go against the Cougars as well.
MLB Joel Skotte's turf toe is better as well, though Rommel Mageo will again get the start. Both will see action in the rotation.
Defensive tackle Siale Hautau also has returned to practice for the first time in several weeks after suffering a triceps strain.
The only Beavers head coach Mike Riley still won't have available are LB Michael Doctor, though his foot is progressing on schedule, and OL Roman Sapolu, who also suffered a foot injury against Hawaii, and may not make it back this season.