The college football season is just over one month away! With the off-season quickly coming to an end, Building the Dam is unveiling their top 30 most valuable football players for the 2018 season. We’ll countdown by previewing one player at a time until it’s almost time for some Beaver football.
#29: Shawn Wilson - Corner Back
Shawn Wilson is a 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior defensive back from Pomona California. Wilson wasn’t expected to play a big role in the secondary last season, but due to injuries he was thrust into the rotation and played a lot when he wasn’t dealing with injuries of his own.
Wilson played in 10 games last season (five starts). He tallied 34 tackles as a redshirt sophomore with an interception and three pass breakups. Wilson also played in nine games as a redshirt freshman (mostly on special teams). Wilson was a receiver and talented return-man in high school; so he could be a good candidate to return kicks/punts in 2018.
Last week BTD was the first to report that Xavier Crawford would be transferring to CMU, to team up with his old coach Cory Hall. Crawford’s departure leaves a huge hole in the Oregon State secondary, but it also provides a huge opportunity for Shawn Wilson and others.
The Beavers defensive backs are relatively young and inexperienced. Look for the new coaching staff to rely heavily on Dwayne Williams as the lone senior and also lean on upperclassmen, Shawn Wilson and Jay Irvine to play significant roles this upcoming season.
If the Beavers secondary can stay healthy I think they will show impressive improvement. The defense was gashed for 473.1 yards a game in 2017, but a more unified and cohesive secondary could help Oregon State be more competitive.
Our countdown continues tomorrow with the 28th Most Valuable Player for the Beavers in 2018.