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Beaver Football: Top 25 Countdown - 20 and 19

The list continues with a punter and a defensive back.

Consistency will be key for Sean Martin.
Consistency will be key for Sean Martin.
Andy Wooldridge

20. Keith Kostol - 59 punts, 2474 yards, 41.9 avg, 67 long, 24 inside the 20, 9 50+

Keith Kostol is a great punter for Oregon State, and is one of the better ones in the country. He is backed up by his 41.9 average yards per punt, which is good for 39th among FBS players. Even more telling is his number of punts which pinned opponents inside their own 20, which stood at 24 at the end of last season. That comes out to 40.7% percent of his punts landing inside the opponents' 20 yard line.


Kostol is the face of consistency, which is an important trait for a punter to have, because it can be ill-afforded to try and change field position and have the punt go for, say, -4 yards. That consistency paired with his strong leg makes him an excellent punter and that got him on the Ray Guy watch list.

I desperately wanted to rate Kostol higher, since he is one of the best players in the country at his position, but it is hard to value a punter above some of the other players. Kostol is an excellent player for the Beavs, his ranking is lowered by his position.

19. Sean Martin - 43 tackles, 1 tfl, 2 int, 5 pd

Sean Martin played as the nickelback and saw the field a substantial amount as OSU generally moved to nickel packages, bringing on an extra defensive back and taking out the middle linebacker. Martin played fairly well in those games, although he was far from perfect. It did seem as if the majority of his memorable moments were negative plays, but he was solid for the most part. His shining moment for the year though was when he played in place of an injured Jordan Poyer against Arizona State, where he played very well and rarely got beat all day.

He is in the battle to permanently replace Poyer now with JC transfer Steven Nelson. It will come down to fall camp and possibly the first few games of the season to determine who will be the starter, although it will be more a matter of pride than an actual impact on playing time, since the Beavs will be mostly in nickel packages all season to combat spread offenses. My early vote goes to Nelson, but we will find out more about that when fall camp opens up.

The primary issue with Martin will be if he can make plays more consistently. As previously started, it seemed that whenever he was actually noticeable it was him getting beat, but he also displayed the ability to shut down receivers as well. If he can consistently show up and make impact plays he will climb the list at the conclusion of the season.

21. Kevin Cummings

22. Tyler Anderson

23. Gavin Andrews

24. Tyler Perry

25. Trevor Romaine