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  06/12/21 - Sam NoyerrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-3, 220 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Oregon State's quarterback battle became much more interesting Friday. Sam Noyer, who went to Beaverton High and starred at Colorado last season, announced on Twitter Friday that he is transferring to Oregon State. "I'm home," Noyer said in a Tweet that featured a graphic of him in a No. 4 Beavers' jersey. Noyer, a 6-foot-4, 220 pound senior, will arrive in Corvallis as a grad transfer with one year of eligibility remaining. During his junior season with the Buffs, he garnered second-team All-Pac-12 honors and led them to a 4-2 season that included a trip to the Alamo Bowl. Noyer arrived in Boulder as a promising quarterback prospect before converting to safety his sophomore season in order to see more playing time. Prior to his COVID senior season, he switched back to quarterback and was one of the top signal callers in the conference. In six games, Noyer threw for 1,101 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. - Gazette Times

(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sam NoyerOregon State
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  06/11/21 - Sam NoyerrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-3, 220 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  On Friday, CU's former starting quarterback announced that he is transferring to Oregon State. The Buffs are scheduled to host Oregon State on Nov. 6 at Folsom Field, fittingly for CU's homecoming game. On Monday, CU and Noyer announced his decision to put his name into the NCAA transfer portal, and it didn't take long to find a new - and very familiar - home. The move to Oregon State is a natural one for Noyer, who was born in Portland and graduated from Beaverton (Ore.) High School.

During an interview on Portland's 750 AM radio on Friday, Noyer said, "It's kind of a match made in heaven, really. "I've grown up here so I've known that Beaver Nation is awesome. I'm excited to be able to play in front of Beaver Nation next year." Noyer will be reunited with the man who recruited him to CU, Brian Lindgren. OSU's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the past three years, Lindgren held a similar position at CU from 2013-17. During his time at CU, Noyer had four quarterback coaches in five years, with Lindgren being the only coach he had for more than one season. - Daily Camera


(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sam NoyerOregon State
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  06/07/21 - Sam NoyerrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-3, 220 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Colorado starting quarterback Sam Noyer has entered the transfer portal for a second time to close a career in Boulder that included three head coaches and a brief switch to safety. Noyer led the Buffaloes to a 4-2 record last season under first-year Buffaloes coach Karl Dorrell and a berth in the Alamo Bowl. Originally part of the 2016 recruiting class under then-coach Mike MacIntyre, Noyer redshirted and then was a backup QB for two seasons before switching to the defensive side in 2019 under coach Mel Tucker, who is now at Michigan State. All set to transfer after the '19 season, Noyer was convinced to come back after Dorrell was brought on board. Noyer won the starting job out of camp and helped the Buffaloes to a 4-0 start, along with a spot in the polls. The Buffaloes lost to Utah in the regular-season finale and then Texas in the Alamo Bowl. - AP College Football

(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sam NoyerOregon State
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  06/06/21 - Sam NoyerrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-3, 220 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Colorado will have a new starting quarterback in the fall. On Monday, CU announced that senior Sam Noyer, who started all six games last season for the Buffaloes, has decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal. Named second-team All-Pac-12 by coaches last season, Noyer has one season of eligibility remaining and hopes to play elsewhere this fall. After winning the starting job in preseason camp, Noyer completed 88-of-160 passes for 1,101 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions, while also rushing for 208 yards and five touchdowns. The first CU quarterback since Mike Moschetti (1998) to win his first four career starts, Noyer was named Pac-12 offensive player of the week after a 35-32 win at Stanford in the second game. - Daily Camera

(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sam NoyerOregon State
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  05/28/21 - Jesiah IrishrJr/2023, Oregon State, 5-11, 173 (DS#54 WR) + More +

  Jesiah Irish, who played three years for Oregon State at receiver, will move to cornerback when the preseason camp opens Aug. 6. The 5-foot-11, 174-pound redshirt sophomore had six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown over his 18-game OSU career. Irish had become one of the Beavers' best players on special teams, as he earned Pac-12 all-conference honorable mention honors for that role in 2020. But Irish, one of the team's fastest players and recruited to give OSU a deep threat option, was sparingly used at receiver the past two years. Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said the move to cornerback was a mutual decision. Irish has experience as a high school cornerback, and there's more opportunity for playing time in the Beavers' defensive secondary than receiver. "He kind of wanted a crack at it, and where we're at in the secondary we could use another guy or two depth-wise. And he's got a skill set. He fits a lot of what (coach Blue Adams) looks for, a little bit taller than a shorter corner," Smith said. - The Oregonian

(DS#54 WR) rJr/2023 WR Jesiah IrishOregon State
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  05/15/21 - Keonte SchadrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-3, 295 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  After the recent departure of oft-injured defensive tackle Jordan Whittley this week, the Oregon State Beavers had a need on the interior of the defensive line. It didn't take long for the coaching staff to find a replacement. On Friday, Minnesota transfer Keonte Schad announced his commitment to the Beavers in a decision that could lead to early playing time. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle, originally out of Madison, Wisconsin, played two seasons for the Gophers, highlighted by a 13-game, 20-tackle campaign in 2019.

Last season, Schad appeared in four games. He was suited up for the Minnesota spring game earlier this month, but did not participate and entered the NCAA's transfer portal in the following days. Rated the nation's No. 2 junior college defensive tackle, he accumulated scholarship offers from Boise State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia and others, before selecting Minnesota. - The Oregonian


(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Keonte SchadOregon State
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  05/08/21 - Sam NoyerrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-3, 220 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  About a year ago, Sam Noyer never expected to play another game at Colorado. He certainly didn't expect to be in Boulder this spring preparing for yet another season with the Buffaloes. "But, I've enjoyed every single moment of it," he said last week as the Buffs closed out spring practices. Entering his sixth season with the Buffs, Noyer has had a career filled with challenges and he's bracing for another one. After winning the starting quarterback job last fall, Noyer missed this spring while recovering from shoulder surgery and will go into the fall fighting for the job again. "I'm just itching to get back out there," he said. The only player remaining from CU's surprising Pac-12 South title team in 2016, Noyer led the Buffs to another minor resurgence last year. In the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, Noyer helped CU go 4-2 and reach the Alamo Bowl for the second time in his career. The Alamo Bowl would have been his final game at CU, but the NCAA granted all players an extra year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic. - Daily Camera

(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sam NoyerOregon State
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  05/07/21 - Silas BoldenSo/2024, Oregon State, 5-08, 148 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  No Oregon State football player has made more of the spring season than Silas Bolden. As someone who was on the periphery of a deep wide receiver group last season as a true freshman, Bolden spent his first year in Corvallis soaking in as much knowledge as possible and preparing. Now, with the Beavers' wide receiver corps decimated by injury this spring, he has emerged as an eye-catching playmaker who expects to push for playing time this fall. "It's been great - he's gotten a ton of opportunities and a ton of reps," Oregon State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren said. "I've been really impressed and I know the offensive staff has been super impressed. That guy shows up with the ball in his hands a lot. He makes a lot of plays." For almost all of the five-week spring season, Bolden has been running with the first unit and looks every bit like he belongs. At 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, he doesn't solve the Beavers' glaring need for a traditional possession receiver, but he's another interesting playmaking option who is electric in space. A highly-touted recruit from Rancho Cucamonga High School in California, Bolden's arrival may have been overshadowed by the bright 2020 campaign of fellow freshman receiver Zeriah Beason. - Gazette Times

(DS#999 WR) So/2024 WR Silas BoldenOregon State
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  05/05/21 - Keonte SchadrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-3, 295 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Gophers defensive tackle Keonte Schad has entered his name in the transfer portal, a source confirmed Monday. Schad, a 6-3, 295-pound senior, has one year of eligibility remaining. Schad, a Madison, Wis., native who joined the Gophers in 2019 after playing at Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College, played 17 games and collected 21 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss for Minnesota. The Gophers bolstered their interior defensive line depth this offseason with the additions of transfers Nyles Pinckney of Clemson and Val Martin of North Carolina State, to go along with Micah Dew-Treadway, who's entering his third year with the Gophers after graduating from Notre Dame. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Keonte SchadOregon State
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  05/02/21 - Isaac HodginsSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-0, 265 (DS#40 DE) + More +

  Oregon State defensive end Isaac Hodgins wakes up early every morning. Not because there's a sunrise TV show worth watching or classroom work that needs extra attention. Early to rise means more time to eat for Hodgins. You think that 274-pound body happened overnight? "Honestly, it's a lot of dedication," Hodgins said after Thursday's practice. "You've got to wake up really early and start your day so you can get more meals in." Many people would call this living the dream. "I mean, I don't run away from meals," Hodgins said.

Hodgins, a fourth-year junior who has started 30 of 31 games during his Oregon State career, entered college at 265 pounds. He's been on an eating spree for more than three years, and yet it's resulted in only nine pounds. First, some context. Hodgins was 265 pounds when he arrived at OSU during the summer of 2018, but admitted it was a little on the doughy side. In three years, Hodgins has gone from a high-fat 265 to a far leaner 274 pounds. It's close to where Hodgins wants to be, as his game is as much about speed as it is size and strength. The game plan, Hodgins says, is simple. Eat more calories than you can burn. - The Oregonian


(DS#40 DE) Sr/2022 DE Isaac HodginsOregon State
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  04/25/21 - Avery RobertsrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-0, 225 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  Oregon State's Avery Roberts held his right arm gingerly as he walked off the field late in the third quarter against Stanford on Dec. 12. "I thought I had a stinger, which is normal. I get at least one a game," the junior inside linebacker said. It didn't long for Roberts to learn this was an injury that would sting for a while. The Pac-12?s leading tackler in 2020 sustained a broken arm, which knocked him out for the final game of the season, and from most activity this spring. It's been a learning experience for Roberts. "First broken bone ever in my life," Roberts said after Thursday's workout. "Definitely the longest I've been out due to an injury. It's healing pretty good. We're just playing it smart. I'm just doing what I can do right now." Oregon State is counting on a healthy Roberts come September. Among his feats in 2020, Roberts had 21 tackles in a Dec. 5 game at Utah, the most by a Beaver defender since 1988. It remains to be seen whether Roberts will do any meaningful hitting during spring practice, which ends May 8. But Roberts is certain the day when he's 100% cut loose is just around the corner, and will definitely be ready when preseason camp opens in early August. - The Oregonian

(DS#11 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Avery RobertsOregon State
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  04/25/21 - Elijah JonesrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-1, 185 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Blue Adams admits the standard he holds his players to is an ever-moving target. "The standard is kind of like a white unicorn, or something like that," Adams, Oregon State secondary coach, said with a smile Thursday. "It's imaginary. It's something that we talk about, we're gonna work our tails off to get it. We'll probably never catch it, but it's fun chasing it." The most tangible way to describe what Adams wants out of the Beavers' defensive backs is consistency and an obsessive drive to improve themselves and those around them. If they do that, then the rest will take of itself, he believes.

In newcomer Elijah Jones, a senior transfer from Kansas, Adams sees a player who could be an X factor for the Beavers this season and potentially play at the next level. But before any of that happens, Adams wants to see the burning desire that is a prerequisite for all of his players on a more regular basis. "He's talented. He is a talented dude," Adams said of Jones. "I'm still waiting on him to decide how good or how great he is going to be, though. I'm just waiting on him at the moment. Like I said, he shows flashes. But that consistency, we've got to definitely work on." Jones is one of a handful of newcomers that arrived via the transfer portal who could help make or break Oregon State's season. - Gazette Times


(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Elijah JonesOregon State
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  Deshaun Fenwick admits that Corvallis is nothing like home. "Corvallis, man?" he says with a laugh. "It's a place where I check my ego at the door. It's pretty peaceful out here. It's different." Fenwick, the newest addition to Oregon State's running back room, is a Bradeton, Florida, native who spent the past three years at South Carolina. The stark contrast between life in the southeast and life in the Pacific Northwest has taken some getting used to. But after just a few weeks of spring ball, Fenwick has seen enough to know that Corvallis is the ideal location for the next act of his career. A 6-foot-2, 226-pound redshirt sophomore, Fenwick views himself as a player who can do "everything" at the running back position and will try to prove that as he spends the next few months battling for the starting running back spot.

"Me being an east coast guy, living in the South, it's kind of a culture shock," Fenwick said. "Ultimately, it's pretty good. For me, it just gives me time to figure out what I need to do to improve myself and improve all my football skills to get to the next level." According to those who work with him everyday, Fenwick has hit the ground running since he arrived. A.J. Steward is in his first season as Oregon State's running backs coach and said Fenwick's football IQ has stood out immediately. "He knows the playbook like the back of his hand," Steward said. "You would have thought he's been here for a few years already with his understanding of the playbook." - Gazette Times


(DS#999 RB) rJr/2023 RB Deshaun FenwickOregon State
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  04/21/21 - Jaydon GrantrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-0, 182 (DS#42 CB) + More +

  The Beavers conducted their first scrimmage of spring ball Saturday and ran through about 100 plays, according to head coach Jonathan Smith. The scrimmage was not open to reporters or photographers. But Smith said the defense delivered a stout performance and flashed some of the dynamic playmaking ability the OSU coaching staff is hoping to see this fall. "I think we've made progress," Smith said of the effort to create more takeaways. "Each game's different. But I think we're playing more physical defensively. Watching them live tackle today, there were a lot of physical tackles. We've made a point of that; it's how you create more turnovers, just getting the ball out by being physical. We had a couple takeaways interception-wise. It's progressing and we'll keep working on it."

Smith said that Rejzohn Wright and Michael Erhart each had interceptions during the scrimmage. A large reason for the optimism surrounding the defense this spring is the continuity at nearly every position. The secondary, in particular, is loaded with experienced players. Smith said he feels like Oregon State has three or four starting-caliber cornerbacks in the fold, which is a luxury the Beavers haven't always had. He was complimentary of corners Alex Austin and Jaden Robinson, as well as newcomer E.J. Jones. At safety, Smith said Jaydon Grant has had "another great spring" and Alton Julian, Wynston Russell and Kitan Oladapo have all been turning heads as well. "A lot of those guys have been around," Smith said of the Beavers' defense. "They're bigger, stronger and know the scheme. They're tackling. They're physical and going to work. Really at each position, you can point out some guys who have been pretty solid. That kind of showed up as a unit today." - Gazette Times


(DS#42 CB) rSr/2022 CB Jaydon GrantOregon State
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  You're going to hear a lot about veterans this upcoming college football season, thanks to the pandemic and the NCAA. The NCAA gave everyone a free year of eligibility in 2020-21 because of pandemic restrictions. Most teams will have a small group of sixth-year - and in case of someone who earned a medical redshirt season - a few seventh-year players this fall. No player on Oregon State's defense has been on campus longer than outside linebacker Andrzej Hughes-Murray. He entered OSU's program during the summer of 2016, coach Gary Andersen's second year in Corvallis. Hughes-Murray has had plenty of highs - 24 starts, three all-conference academic teams, twice a team captain - and a few lows that include missing the entire 2019 season due to a foot injury.

There are few areas of Oregon State's campus that Hughes-Murray hasn't visited or heard about. Yet the sixth-year senior approaches his fifth spring practice and life at Oregon State with the same joy as he did as a freshman in 2016. "This never gets mundane to me. Even though this is my sixth season, I'm still very blessed to be here," Hughes-Murray said. "I'm just trying to enjoy every minute of it because you don't know when this game can be taken away...That's kind of the attitude I have. That's why I play so hard. That's why I try to lead so hard. Because there's so many times you don't know when your last snap is going to be." - The Oregonian


(DS#139 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Andrzej Hughes-MurrayOregon State
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