If you happened to miss the Beavers' season opener against TCU in Dallas, you missed a brand new offense struggling to find an identity while doing the limbo between the pass and run.
Sophomore QB Ryan Katz looked like the stereotypical, inexperienced youngster against a talented and fast Horned Frogs defense. It appears as though Katz has grown by leaps and bounds each week since then and has developed into a legitimate QB in the Pac-10.
Last week against No. 9 Arizona, Katz threw for just under 400 yards and carried the offense to a victory.
While Katz has shined, he can't carry the offense every week. Junior RB Jacquizz Rodgers is failing to live up to expectations this season and hasn't been able to balance the offense against key opponents. Quizz was tabbed on the preseason Heisman Trophy watch list but has since fallen out of nearly all discussions.
It would be foolish to count out Jacquizz just yet, but some serious work needs to be done to a running game that ranks 94th overall at 115 ypg.
The biggest issue with the offense now is the loss of James Rodgers, done for the season after injuring his knee in a touchdown play called back due to penalty. His presence on offense was just starting to pick up, and his dual threat as a receiver and special teams whiz will be sorely missed.
With James out, Jordan Bishop, Markus Wheaton and Joe Halahuni will have to step up as a team of core receivers with reliable hands. Wheaton is still questionable with a sore left knee but may be available going forward after missing time against Arizona.
The offense receives a B- for its potential, but there is still much work to do to support the defense.