October 22, 2007

2007 midterm report

As the Oregon State football team returns from their bye week to start the second half of their season, now is as good of time as any to grade out the first half and look ahead to the rest of the season.

THE OFFENSE

As was expected during fall camp, the young quarterbacks have had their ups and downs. Sean Canfield has taken the reigns as the starter, but Lyle Moevao is still a talent and gives the Beavers depth as he too continues to learn in the fire of real-time game situations. While Canfield has had his struggles, many of his interceptions early were directly caused by tipped balls, receivers falling or simply running the wrong routes.

The offensive line has played with a renewed sense of urgency after possibly believing their own press early in the year, and they have buckled down and become one of the strengths of the offense. Canfield has had ample time to throw over the last three games, and they have opened up the holes for Yvenson Bernard to work his magic.

Speaking of Bernard, he has been the heart and soul of the offense this year, at times he has simply put the Beavers on his back and carried them to victory. Not enough good can be said of his efforts and leadership (or his blocking ability, for that matter). He was the key to the Utah victory in game one and also one of the keys to the Arizona and California victories of late.

The loss of Sammie Stroughter has hurt the Beavers as far as a deep threat receiver is concerned. While freshmen Darrell Catchings has shown glimmers of greatness, his youth and inexperience have also shown at times as well. Fellow freshman, James Rodgers has been a lightning rod for the offense, and as he is thrown into the rotation more frequently, look for electric things to happen. Veterans Brandon Powers and Anthony Brown have been solid, but as a whole the unit has suffered from untimely drops, which has hurt the team down the stretch.

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