Oregon State’s first win of this season against Idaho State was the assurance this team was looking for heading into their upcoming match against Boise State this Saturday. The Beavers will line-up will look a little different however due to a few injuries sustained in their last game.
Noah Togiai / Sophomore / TE (knee): 4 receptions for 31 yards 1 touchdown.
- Togiai was the Beavers option as a big-bodied redzone target needed to punch in a touchdown against Minnesota this year. During the Idaho State match-up, Togiai was unfortunately injured early during the game and did not return. Head Coach Gary Anderson’s recent discussion with the media about redshirt Wily-Matagi possibly starting against Boise State seems to hint that Togiai is out for an undisclosed stretch of time.
Tuli Wily-Matagi / Redshirt Freshman / TE
- Wily-Matagi is the biggest TE on the roster and an athletic one at that. If he shows enough proficiency during practices, he will start in place of Togiai. The hope here is that he will block efficiently and possibly develop the same pass-and-catch chemistry with the Beaver’s QB Garretson, as was recently demonstrated by Togiai.
Landry Payne / Junior / (knee): Reserve Safety.
- JUCO Transfer from Arizona Community College where he recorded 54 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 6 pass break-ups in 2015. Signed his letter of intent for Oregon State in February 2016.
-Recorded 1 tackle against Idaho State.
-Payne’s first year for the black and orange had just started and it looked like he was warming up to his role against Idaho State when he suffered an injury to his knee that took him out for the rest of the game. Although the Beavers have a host of serviceable players in their secondary unit, it's always preferable to have your reserves healthy too. He is out for an unknown amount of time.
The upcoming battle with Boise State will be the biggest test of Oregon State’s season so far. And with both Togiai and Payne ruled out for Saturday’s game (and perhaps longer) the Beavers will have to have a few other players pick up the slack.