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The Dam Links 8/19/2013

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Recruiting News (good and bad), practice reports, Bud Withers, The Dam Cup, and more

Otto Greule Jr

12 days until kickoff vs. Eastern Washington...

One of Eastern's Washington's rivalry games is against Portland State. It's a five-sport rivalry in football, women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's basketball, and men's basketball. The trophy they play for is called The Dam Cup. Supposedly, it's named after the four dams that one passes while driving between PSU and EWU -- the Bonneville Dam, the John Day Dam, the Dalles Dam, and the McNary Dam.

Terron Ward is ready to step up.

The Beavers picked up a defensive end transfer, Jalen Grimble, from the University of Miami Hurricanes. He won't be eligible to play until 2014, but it's still an extra body in the practice rotation, which is good. Grimble was a five-star prospect out of high school, and originally committed to USC before transferring to Miami. Miami granted him his release because he got buried on the depth chart, it would appear.

On the good news for recruiting, Jesuit senior Christian Martinek committed to Oregon State. Martinek, a two-sport star known more for his baseball pitching than his football skills, says he plans to play both sports at OSU.

Sadly, the top ranked recruit from the state of Oregon, Connor Humphreys, committed to Arizona State over the weekend. Oregon State appears to have been his #2 selection, with Wisconsin, USC and UCLA also in the final five. Finishing second is not much consolation, because in recruiting, if you ain't first, you're last. His friends and family are (likely still) lobbying hard for him to come to OSU, so we can hope that this one bears worth watching as the season goes on, up until signing day in February.

Lindsey Schnell of the Oregonian talks about Slip n' Slide Saturday at football practice. Storm Woods was interviewed on video after practice. She talks about the 1-2 running back punch of Storm and Terron Ward. She also provides an update on the lack of updates in the 10-month old QB competition still not having reached a consensus. Finally, she asks what we, as Beaver fans, want to read about.

The Seattle Times' Bud Withers examines Oregon State, paying particular attention to how Mike Riley differs from other college football coaches.

ESPN examines how certain "Have Nots" of college football, like Oregon State, Kansas State, and Boise State manage to stay relatively competitive without the five star recruits.

In NFL pre-season news, Jordan Poyer had two tackles, including one for a loss in the Eagles' win over the Panthers 14-9. Markus Wheaton and the Steelers play Monday night at the Redskins. Brandon Browner, former OSU Beaver, had a pretty good night in the Seahawks' domination of the Broncos Saturday night, including this play:

As always, if I missed anything, post in the comments below, and vote in the poll.