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Oregon State Beavers 2008 Football Season Preview

Head coach Mike Riley has gone 47-38 in seven years at the helm of Oregon State. The past two years have been productive, as the Beavers have earned 19 wins. In 2007, the Oregon State Beavers finished 6-3 in the Pac-10, garnering a third-pace finish. Overall, they were 9-4.

The quarterback spot is up for grabs with either Lyle Moevao or Sean Canfield getting the call. Both signal callers bring experience to the field. In 2006, Sammie Stroughter caught 74 balls for 1,293 yards and five touchdowns. After missing 2007 because of personal problems, he’s back and ready to play. Ryan McCants and Jeremy Francis, both talented rushers, will compete for a starting spot. The O-line is tops.

Ranked first nationally versus the rush and eighth in total yards allowed, the Oregon State defense was absolutely tough in 2007. The solid D-line features end Victor Butler, a senior, who made 10.5 sacks last season. The linebacking unit is deep, athletic and skilled. Three of four starters in the secondary, including Al Afalava (64 tackles, 56 solo) at strong safety and Keenan Lewis (3 INT) at corner, return.




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