An offensive treat tonight as Oregon State challenges BYU  to bragging rights in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.   The Beavers feature one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects no one seems to be discussing.  While BYU says goodbye to two of their top offensive playmakers in team history.  The scoreboard should be lit up much like any other sign found in Sin City.

Oregon State

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Year

Comments

3-4

Sean Canfield

QB

5

Sr.

Could win an award for most improved player.  Canfield may have done more for his draft stock than any other prospect entering this season.   This left handed signal caller threw an accurate and catchable ball throughout his final collegiate campaign.  His completion percentage entering this contest is at 70%.   The inconsistency which seemed to plague his earlier years has faded, but still may be a concern to some scouts.  Also, Canfield is far from mobile behind center.

3-4

Stephen Paea

DT

54

Jr.

Undersized interior presence at 6-feet-1 inch tall and 285 pounds, who may be one of the strongest defenders in the nation.  Paea often manhandles offensive linemen at the point of attack and can be a consistent disruptive force.

6-7

James Rogers

WR

8

Jr.

The older of the two Rogers’ brothers, James is used in a variety of ways in the Beavers offense.  Although a smallish receiver at 5-feet-8-inches and 185 pounds, Rogers can often be found outmuscling bigger covermen to come down with the football.   Because of his physical limitations, plus the potential of playing another season with his brother, it is unlikely that James will enter this year’s draft class.

7-FA

Keaton Kristick

OLB

32

Sr.

This madman on the field prides himself on the physicality he brings to each and every game.  While not the biggest, most athletic, or intimidating presence at outside linebacker; Kristick certainly has no problem sticking his nose into the action.

FA

Gregg Peat

OG

73

Sr.

The Beavers most consistent performer up front over the last two seasons, Peat is a small area blocker who at times uproots defenders at the point of attack.

FA

Tim Clark

CB

21

Sr.

First year as a full time starter, Clark has been the Beavers top coverman this season.  Physical, but ball skills are lacking.

Brigham Young

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

Comments

3

Dennis Pitta

TE

32

Sr.

One of the most productive tight ends in college football history.  Which can be a slight bit of a misnomer since Pitta spent as much time in the slot as he did lining up on the line of scrimmage.  As a senior, Pitta continued to rack up awards as a Walter Camp All American and a finalist for the Mackey Award.   He also made strides as a blocker this past season, doing a nice job cutting off defenders and attempting to drive them off the ball.  Pitta is not the premiere athlete seen at the position in recent years, but he has a knack for finding the soft spots in the zones and proving to be a very reliable target.

5-6

Harvey Unga

RB

45

Jr.

A potential surprise early entry to the 2009 draft, Unga has been weighing his option this off season.  As a runner, there are few tougher between the tackles.   Unga also has quick and nimble feet for a 238 pound running back.  His overall speed is lacking and some question whether or not he will asked to be a fullback at the next level.

7-FA

Coleby Clawson

LB

41

Sr.

Played quite well off the edge in the Cougars 3-3-5 defensive scheme.  Clawson is one of the team’s better athletes and often finds himself around the football.

7-FA

Max Hall

QB

15

Sr.

Simply a great college quarterback that lacks the physical tools to be anything more than a backup in the National Football League.  Highly accurate and productive in college, Hall’s arm strength is greatly lacking.

FA

Jan Jorgenson

DE

84

RS-Sr.

After putting up a monster sophomore campaign, Jorgenson was asked to move to a 5 technique as a junior.  His played has struggled since, often being overwhelmed at the point of attack by much bigger offensive linemen.  A team first player whose attitude NFL coaches will love.

FA

Andrew George

TE

88

RS-Sr.

Similar in build and style to Pitta, this All-Academic performer has strung together three nice seasons as the team’s second option at TE.