The Beavers come into the 2015-2016 season with big changes in it's football program . They lost starting Quarterback and Pac-12 leader in passing yards with 13,600 to go along with 83 touchdowns Sean Mannion to the NFL draft. He was drafted by 89th by the St.Lous Rams in the third round. Which leaves a big void as the Beavers lost a four year starter who lead the offense.
Oregon State also lost head coach Mike Riley to the Big Ten as he leaves to coach the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Riley leaves as Oregon State's winningest coach in Beavers' history with a record of 93-80 and 6-2 in bowl games. The Beavers with Riley's departure hired Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen. The two coaches switched conferences, so it will be fun to watch who does better in their new conference.
Andersen coached the Wisconsin Badgers for the last two years with a record of 19-7 and a loss to national champs Ohio State in the Big Ten chamionship. Andersen also coached at Utah where he headed the defense. That saw them go undefeated in 2008, with a win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to finish ranked second in the nation. He is a great defensive mind, along with bringing a new style of offense to the Beavers that is more faster and wide open then Riley's pro style offense.
Beaver fans have a lot to hope for as Andersen has a history of making bad teams good. Also, the fact that Oregon State has some good recruits to commit in the offseason.
Trevon Bradford a three star recruit from Oregon City brings the Beavers another weapon at the WR spot. The 5'11 180 wide reciever had offers from Air Force, Montana State, Idaho and Northern Arizona. However, Oregon State was the first power five conference to offer him a spot, which he gladly took. Bradford wears the number six in high school and on some plays resembles De'anthony Thomas' example. In his junior higlights he takes a sweep right, doesn't like what he see's, and cuts it back left for the score. The only bad thing, Beaver fans have to wait as this was his junior season in high school.
Another great pickup by the Beavers is three star safety Mason Moran. He comes from Chandler, Arizona, a lanky safety at 6'3 180lbs, also just finished up his junior season. So if he added mass to his frame, he could be a great safety. He is a great tackler, soft hands as he can cover the pass and also pick off passes. Moran is also a two way player for his high school as he plays both quarterback and safety. Moran also says the Beavers has offered him a spot at quarterback.
As of this moment the Beavers have eight players who are committed to play at Oregon State, while rival Oregon has the same amount but five four star recruits. With Andersen at the helm, Beaver fans should see that change in the next two to three years. As he has a knack for making bad teams good, and into contenders. All in all, Beaver fans have a lot to look forward to in Beavers' football.