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The Dam Links 8/21/2013

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Freshmen redshirts, Scott Crichton and Rashaad Reynolds honors, Chris Brown, Canzano, Siri, Baseball Summer League Review, and more

Stacy Revere

EWU Factoid: The male/female student ratio at EWU is 44%/56%. Despite being Eastern Washington, EWU has a presence all over the state. In addition to the main campus in Cheney, there's a Riverpoint Campus in Spokane and smaller locations in Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Mount Vernon, Seattle, Shoreline, Tacoma, Vancouver and Yakima.

Hey Siri, who is your favorite college football team?

OSU has one player on the Senior Bowl watch list: Rashaad Reynolds. I'm pretty sure if Cody Vaz had been named to the starting position, he'd be on the list, too. The good news is that means most of the Beavers' stars should be back in 2014 as well, unless Crichton and/or Cooks decide to turn pro, which is certainly not impossible.

Speaking of Crichton and Cooks, Scott shows up at #10 on the ESPN Pac-12 blog's list of the 25 best players in the Pac-12. You might recall that Brandin got slotted in at #22, and I think it's probably safe to assume that they will be the only Beavers on the list.

Connor Letourneau reports from Tuesday's practice; the list of players just watching is up to eight.

Ken Goe of the Oregonian tries to figure out what Mike Riley is thinking. I don't know precisely, but I'm guessing it begins with "Aw, shucks," or "Well, golly."

The Oregonian/O-Live's Lindsey Schnell talks to the three true freshmen who will for sure play this year: linebacker Darrell Songy, cornerback Dashon Hunt, and safety Brandon Arnold. Interesting that two members of the secondary, generally regarded as one of the team's strong points, will be skipping the redshirt. Apparently, they're wanting to get them some experience for next year. Wide receiver Victor Bolden and offensive lineman Sean Harlow are currently slated to redshirt, but there is some thought they may be called into service if injuries continue to take their toll.

Redshirt freshman Chris Brown looks to be improving, and will probably get a lot of junk time early in the season.

Mark Banker and Mike Riley go back a long way, to USC circa. 1996.

Dylan Wynn gets a little love from the Gazette-Times.

Andy linked to this already in Monday evening's article about Riley's decisions, but it's probably worth a re-link in case you missed it. John Canzano has a column on why he thinks Mike Riley is stalling on the QB decision. It's typical Canzano if you're not into that kind of thing.

The Bay Area's version of John Canzano is Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News. He has an informative (and, of course, opinionated) article about the new Fox Sports 1 channel and what it could mean for college football. Pacific Takes' Avinash Kunnath outlines where the newest Pac-12 affiliate network is available.

Maybe Oregon State should try recruiting this kid from Crater High School. Can you imagine the crowd reaction if this catch happened in a game? The stuff that dreams are made of.

Markus Wheaton was the Steelers' leading receiver in Monday night's exhibition loss to the Redskins. He caught 3 passes for 52 yards.

Athlon Sports ranks the Pac-12's Top 25 games of the year. Spoiler alert: OSU games come in at #7 (Stanford), #13 (Oregon), #14 (Washington), #15 (USC), and #21 (Arizona State).

OSU has a nice summary detailing all of the OSU Beaver baseball team's results from the various summer leagues and programs they played in. Unsurprisingly, the best players (Davis, Conforto, Keyes) had the best numbers. Several incoming freshmen look really good, though. Most notable amongst these is Chandler Eden, who was named Top Prospect in the Horizon Air Summer League. He went 2-0 with a 1.87 ERA with 33.67 innings pitched in 13 appearances. I'll be the first to admit I have no idea how momentous an achievement that is as I have no idea of the quality of that league, but I think it's safe to say that it is better than not winning Top Prospect in your summer league.

The Corvallis Knights won their third WCL championship with a 1-0 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox Monday night. OSU Beaver Gabe Clark had a single in the clinching game.

The annual Orange & Block volleyball scrimmage is tonight at legendary Gill Coliseum. Admission is free. In this non-HIMYM context, "Legendary" is, of course, another word for old and decrepit.

Women's basketball guard Ali Gibson is playing for the Puerto Rican national team.

Heinrich Tailgater has a new Illegal Participation podcast up, discussing all things Beaver.

In a just-for-fun article, Pacific Takes reviews the best movie star moments amongst its celebrity alumni. OSU does not have much to contribute here, apparently Randy Couture was once an assistant wrestling coach, and now he is in the Expendables. Personally, I think 1997 graduate Jodi Ann Patterson's role as Super Hot Giant Alien in Dude, Where's My Car was better.

OSU seems to like to play AC/DC's Thunderstruck at home games. What say the athletic department brings in this guy in for a game?

As always, if I missed anything, post it below. And be sure to vote in the poll.