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Oregon State Football: Most Valuable Player Countdown - #33 Kee Whetzel

Will a move to safety be the Kee to unlocking Whetzel’s potential?

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

We continue our most valuable players list at #33, now just 35 days away from the Beavers season opener against Oklahoma State at Reser. With fall camp right around the corner, it’s starting to feel like football season.

#33 Kee Whetzel - Safety

We move to the the defensive backfield for our 33rd ranked player, junior Kee Whetzel. Whetzel has spent the last 3 years in Corvallis as a member of the linebacking core, but following last season the coaching staff decided to move him to safety.

Whetzel came to Oregon State over a handful of other power 5 offers, though many saw him as a wide receiver at the college level. Expectations were fairly high for Whetzel last year as he was one of Oregon State’s media day representatives and came in at #18 on the illustratious Building The Dam countdown. The on the field results weren’t quite where many had hoped they would be though and with an influx of transfer talent in the front 7 Kee will have ample opportunity to make some noise in the defensive backfield. I would expect him to find himself still heavily involved in the pass rush from the safety position.

If the defense is to improve in 2019 Whetzel will be a Kee contributor (I am sorry. I had to. It’s a yearly tradition)

Projected Statistics:

43 tackles , 3 Sacks, 2 interceptions