Riley and his coaching staff have done a marvelous job of locating and developing talent. Riley's recruiting classes since his return to OSU in 2003 have been ranked near the bottom of the Pacific-10 Conference: In order, they've been ninth, sixth, eighth, seventh, eighth and ninth.
In that five-year stretch, the Beavers have gone 47-27 and finished third in the conference three times. They can finish no worse than second this season. They are 4-0 in bowl games.P.S.- The Ducks Suck.
MORE:This year's team supposedly was rebuilding on defense and the offensive line. Guess what?
The Beavers are second in the conference in total defense, fourth in rushing offense and lead the Pac-10 in fewest sacks allowed.
It's not bad, considering Riley and his staff are doing it with guys the recruiting services and programs like USC, Oregon, California and UCLA overlooked or rejected.
MORE:At OSU, it doesn't seem to matter whether Canfield or Lyle Moevao plays quarterback, whether Tavita Thompson or Mike Remmers starts at right tackle, whether sensational freshman Jacquizz Rodgers gets hurt in the first quarter or Justin Kahut misses the tying extra point with less than four minutes to play.
These guys have enough faith in each other and belief in themselves that they will find a way to win.
This doesn't happen overnight. It's the product of a consistent philosophy, good coaching, confidence and of success building on success.
Read The Whole Article
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
OSU is Upper Echelon
Ken Goe at the Oregonian thinks so. Here are a couple quotes from him about the OSU football program: