Oregon State head football coach Jonathan Smith named the program’s four captains for the 2020 season on Wednesday, selecting quarterback Tristan Gebbia, defensive back Jaydon Grant, defensive lineman Isaac Hodgins and linebacker Andrzej Hughes-Murray to lead the group.
Gebbia, the expected starting quarterback for the Beavers on opening day in 2020, is a redshirt junior from Calabasas, California who saw action in four games a season ago. His crucial one start came against rival Oregon, where he led threw for 243 yards and completed 26 of his 40 passing attempts. He will be the team’s lone captain on the offensive side of the football.
On the defensive side of things, Grant is a fellow redshirt junior from West Linn, Oregon, who along with fellow teammate Isaac Hodgins, a junior from Oakley, California, were both on the preseason watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, an award given annually to a college football player “who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement”.
As for Hughes-Murray, the 6’ 2”, 245-pounder is a returning captain, who as a redshirt senior missed all of his 2019 campaign due to injury. The outside linebacker was a 2017 and 2018 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention, a Wuerffel Trophy watch list member in 2019 and Campbell Trophy semi-finalist, an award usually referred to as the “academic Heisman Trophy”.
The Beavers begin their 2020 season on Saturday, November 7th at home at 7:30 PM PT against Washington State. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.