Although a 10-3 season is not a bad one, it was a disappointing year in Corvalis as national title expectations came to an abrupt halt after loosing three conference games to Stanford, Utah and USC. QB Jax Henderson Hushes the Crowd After a Huge TD Run People close to the Oregon State program know that the struggles this year will pay off. The pinnacle of which is the play of now Junior QB Jax Henderson. Capping off a 2600+ passing and 800+ rushing yard sophomore campaign, Jax is posed to set all-time offensive numbers at Oregon State. He'll have plenty of help along the way. Fabian Rogers had to play behind Leonard Nelson for two years and is ready to bring the smashmouth football back to Coach Drifter's offense. Rogers is a compact runner who runs behind his pads. While he's not flashy, he is one of the more smooth running backs the Beavers have ever had. Former PS#1 HB Cornell Hooper saw some playing time as a role player as a true fresh and will become the lightning to Roger's thunder. New JUCO transfer Jared Moore is one of the most athletic running back prospects in recent memory and will contribute immediately. Out wide, Junior WRs Tom Mays and Brandon Beverly step up after the departure of WR Drew Myrick and TE John Johnson. Both have big bodies and run great routes. Mays played some limited roles last year and did a great job of making some fantastic catches when the Beavers needed him to. Coach Drifter graduated four of his starting offensive linemen this year but the bodies filling the two-deep behind them are well equipped and ready to step into a starting role. FS Sean Morgan Intercepting a Pass. He led the team last season with 6. Defensively five Sophomores started on a unit that ranked 6th nationally and only surrendered 292.9 yards a game. Junior FS Sean Morgan and SS Carlton Dortch were solid in their true sophomore years finishing 6th and 3rd on the team in tackles, respectively. Good friends off the field, they form a very dynamic defensive backfield that is tough for any offensive attack to deal with. The Front Seven is loaded with young talent, including three of the most explosive young LBs in the country. Led by Junior MLB Alex Blake, Junior OLBs Darron Hicks and Tim Harper are both explosive LBs that can get to the ball. Blake was 2nd on the team in tackles last year as a Sophomore with 81 (Hicks was 4th on the team) while the speedy Harper replaces early departure Matt Davis at Will. The Beavers return a monster DL full of NFL prospects as well. None more impressive than Junior DT Tony Hall who returns after leading the team with 9.5 sacks last year. Adding young depth are Sophomore Brian Riley and FR(RS) Fred Morrow (6'8''!). DT Tony Hall doing what he does best - punishing QBs. As you can expect, it will not take Oregon State long to get back on top of their form. A three loss season would not be reason to fret for any program, but taken out of context of Oregon State's three straight national title appearances and one title, it was a disappointing year for the Beavers. Expect the offense to grow in potency while the defense makes opponents reach deep into their playbooks in an attempt to effectively move the ball. The Beavers will be back in no time thanks to the aforementioned young talent and the lumps of last season.