We continue our most valuable players list at #36, now just 38 days away from the Beavers season opener against Oklahoma State at Reser. Fall camp starts next week which means football is on the way.
#36 John McCartan - Linebacker
McCartan came into OSU as one of the better recruits in the 2018 class. Because of this, the Rancho Santa Margarita native avoided a redshirt year and was thrust right into action at the linebacker position. At 6-5, 219 pounds, it was thought that McCartan would play on the offensive side of the ball at tight end, but Oregon State’s need for depth on the defense also had linebacker make sense for the freshman.
McCartan had a solid freshman season for the Beavers and made some a couple impact plays, that helped get the Beavs get back into some games. He appeared in all 12 games, totaling 11 tackles, and one tackle for loss. Against Nevada, with the Beavers down 28-37 in the 4th quarter, McCartan picked off Nevada quarterback Ty Gangi and returned it 30 yards. The massive play led to a Beaver touchdown and got them right back into the game. McCartan also blocked a kick against Southern Utah.
I think McCartan will continue to see good playing time next season, even with the Beavers fairly good depth at the linebacker position. His length and speed can make for a good edge rusher who can get to the quarterback and possibly get his hands on the ball.
18 Tackles, 3 PBUs, 1 Sack, 1 Interception