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The Dam Links 8/12/2013

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Reports from Friday and Saturday practices, Markus Wheaton's chances improve, Dashon Hunt, Tyler Anderson, Gavin Andrews, and more

Christian Petersen

EWU Factoid: Eastern Washington is 0-9 all time against schools currently in the Pac-12. They have three losses to Washington State, 2 losses to the Beavs, and one loss each to Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, and Washington. This year's preseason FCS coaches' poll has Eastern Washington ranked third.

Steve Gress of the GT talks to Tyler Anderson about trying to return from an ACL injury. The Gazette-Times version of Saturday practice review. Kevin Hampton also looks at the difficult QB decision that Riley is going to have to make sooner or later. He also has a background piece on Joel Skotte, who expects to start at middle linebacker.

Letourneau interviews incoming freshman Dashon Hunt, who wants to be the next Jordan Poyer. Hunt, who was OSU's highest rated recruit from last year's class, is one of the true freshmen competing for playing time. He also reports from Friday's practice, including the water balloon fight, the video of which prominently features the new Basketball Practice Facility in the background. His report from Saturday's practice talks about the various (hopefully) minor injuries the Beavers seem to be racking up He takes a look at Oregon State offensive tackle Gavin Andrews, and how he came to Corvallis. Finally, he talks to Tyler Anderson about his injury as well.

Warner Strausbaugh of the Daily Barometer lays out his five biggest storylines for the 2013 Pac-12 football season.

Plaxico Burress is having season-ending surgery. This could definitely benefit Markus Wheaton. SB Nation's Behind the Steel Curtain site predicts Markus Wheaton will make the Steelers' roster, and will even push for the third receiver role. They also review the Steelers' depth at the position.

Unsurprisingly but still disappointingly, three star Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri picked Stanford over Oregon State, Oregon, and Washington.

I came across this undated article on the first OSU baseball manager to ever win a baseball conference championship. Fielder Jones was the manager of the Chicago White Sox from 1904 to 1908, including winning a world series title over the 116-win Cubs in 1906 (clearly, winning 116 games is not conducive to winning a World Series title). He coached Oregon State for just one year, 1910, before returning to the pros and coaching for the Federal League's St. Louis Terriers and the AL's St. Louis Browns between 1914 and 1918. He apparently liked Oregon quite a bit, because he retired here after his baseball days were done. His last game as a manager ended when he quit baseball after his team blew a 5-1 lead in the ninth. He was walked off the field and quit. C'mon, man. There's no crying in baseball.

OSU wants to add three words to a sign at Goss Stadium, so it reads "Goss Stadium at Coleman Field." Apparently, this requires a public hearing.

Hayley Clarke of volleyball answers 20 questions for the OSU official website. The womens' soccer team is also back on the field. It appears that womens' soccer will be the first Beaver team to play against actual competition this year, playing at Florida and Florida State the weekend of August 24th & 25th.

Regarding today's video short, I remember something like this happening to someone on my 7th grade baseball team, and they were very embarrassed. I can't imagine how Juan Uribe feels.

Of course, the third base coach deserves some of the blame, too.

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