#44 - Andre Bodden
Which ever quarterback ends up winning the starting job, they will have plenty of targets to throw the ball to. Returning playmakers Jordan Villamin, Seth Collins, Timmy Hernandez will be flanked by 4 star newcomer Isaiah Hodgins. One receiver that may end up sneaking into that group is sophomore Andre Bodden.
The walk-on wide receiver got plenty of reps in fall camp while starters Villamin, Hernandez and Collins were nursing injury and or illness. His play during spring ball garnered high praise from fellow receiver Jordan Villamin who told the Oregonian “He has the best releases on the team, I’m telling you right now,” said Villamin, adding “Sir Mix-A-Lot” is Bodden’s nickname. “Dre’s playing great. Playing absolutely fantastic. I’ve been waiting for this to come, because I’ve known he had it in him since he first got here … I hope he plays a good amount this year, because I think he’ll be a great asset to our team.” Bodden is currently slotted to back up one of the outside receiver positions this fall, and with a more pass heavy offense in the works I would suspect Bodden to get plenty of opportunity. While Bodden has a great chance to be a regular contributor on offense, I expect the Carson, California native to find his way into Beaver Nations hearts with his superb special teams play. Bodden came through big for the Beavs in last years civil war, recovering a punt that was muffed by OSU return man Victor Bolden, and later recovering a pooch kick by Adley Rutschman that was called back on an offsides call which replay later determined was an incorrect call.
Can Andre Bodden be OSU’s next great walk-on success story? We’ll just have to wait until the 2017 season kicks off to find out.
The List So Far:
#44: Andre Bodden- WR
#45: Trajon Cotton - S
#46: Shemiah Unutoa-Whitson - OLB
#47: Kolby Taylor - WR
#50: Thor Katoa - DT/OLB