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Building the Dam’s Top 20 for 2023 - #9) Silas Bolden

The Beavers star kick returner should have an expanded role in the passing game this year.

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We’ve finally reached single digits on Building the Dam’s countdown of the top 20 players on the 2023 team. The Beavers have had a lot of shake ups in their receiver corps headed into this season, so we’re taking a look at a player who could have a breakout year. Silas Bolden.

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Most of Bolden’s highlights as a Beaver have come on kick and punt returns, winning first and second All Pac-12 honors as a returner last season, but he’s also been a key part of the receiving team since coming to Corvallis. Last season his biggest game came in the Las Vegas Bowl against Florida, where he put up 99 yards and 1 touchdown.

With Tyjon Lindsey in Seattle and Tre’Shaun Harrison in Tennessee, Bolden should see his role in the passing game take a big step forward. The OSU passing game is going to look very different in 2023, with DJ Uiangalelei giving the Beavers a talent at quarterback they haven’t seen in quite a while. Bolden could be one of Uiangalelei’s best offensive options out the gate.

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