As July comes to a close, it's time to start focusing on the college football scene. The Beavers' first practice is less than three weeks away, and the program is already looking strong this summer.
The 2010 OSU Football squad features a handful of potential award winners. Heisman Trophy candidate Jacquizz Rodgers looks to be the premier running back in the PAC-10 Conference, and the offense will also feature Biletnikoff Award candidate wide receiver James Rodgers and Rimington Trophy candidate center Alex Linnenkohl.
On the other side of the ball, the Beavers will feature defensive tackle Stephen Paea. He is considered a candidate for the Outland, Lott, Lombardi, and Bronko Nagurski Awards. With that type of pass rush and run-stopping ability, the Beavers may have a solution to defense that will match their fast-paced offense.
When practices begin, the Beavers will start with just helmets and gym shorts. Over the next five consecutive days to follow, the squad will work up to full pads, and on August 15, the practices will be in full swing.
Head Coach Mike Riley is back for his tenth season, and thus far his tenure has yielded four straight bowl appearances. Riley has the chance to become the winningest coach in Oregon State's football program history.