It’s been a few years since Oregon State had a true star offensive player. Sean Mannion was the last Beaver quarterback to throw for more than 2,000 yards back in 2014. Jacquizz Rodgers (Nall was 49 yards short in 2016) was OSU’s most recent 1,000-yard rusher in 2010. Brandin Cooks caught passes for well over 1,000 yards in 2013, but nobody at Oregon State has done that since.
Though this year’s Beaver team has some question marks, there’s still plenty of talent. Is there enough to surpass one of these marks that OSU hasn’t hit in a while? You tell us.
Darrell Garretson went just over the 1,400 yard mark last season and he didn’t play in all of the games. With (presumably) Jake Luton back at the helm, he could have the fire power to hit that mark if he can stay healthy. A we’ve talked about before though, that’s a big if. Luton threw for 853 yards last season only appearing in four games.
The Beaver running backs combined for 1,650 rushing yards last season. Ryan Nall was the leading rusher with 810 yards on the ground. Now that he’s gone, Artavis Pierce and Calvin Tyler will try to pick up the slack. In order to hit that 1,000-yard mark, there needs to be some consistency in who’s getting the majority of the carries on a regular basis. As the offense stands right now, there’s reason to be uncertain whether or not that will happen.
Last season’s offense spread the ball around a bit, plus injury issues didn’t help anybody really stand out amongst the receivers. No pass catcher totaled more than 500 receiving yards in 2017 with tight end Noah Togiai leading the pack at 461. Can a star emerge amongst this relatively young position group?
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