Reasons for Optimism for the Oregon State Beavers Offense

Trevor FiezContributor IJuly 18, 2009

CORVALIS, OR - NOVEMBER 29:  The Oregon State Beavers run onto the field prior to their game against the Oregon Ducks at Reser Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Corvalis, Oregon. The Ducks defeated the Beavers 65-38. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The Beavers are returning seven starters on the offensive side of the ball this year.  Including some of their major play makers. But, they have also lost the majority of their line, including second round draft pick Andy Levitre. Still the Beavers have many reasons to be optimistic.

1. The Rodgers Brothers

The Rodgers brothers accounted for more than half the beavers offense last year even though injuries cut both of their seasons short. Jacquizz was the first freshman ever to be voted the best offensive player of the year for the PAC-10 and with another year of weightlifting under his belt he will be even faster and stronger.

So USC, you better be ready! James is no slouch either and is a preseason all-American hopeful. With blazing speed and great hands James is expected to walk into an expanded role next year. 

2.  Coach Cavanuagh

Coach cav is the o-line coach for the Beavs and has consistently produced one of the best offensive lines in the PAC-10. After losing three starters he will be vital in preparing the replacements. 

3.  QB

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The Beavers don't just have one good QB, they have two! Moevoe and Canfield both have shown themselves to be very capable QB's. Moevoe was an all PAC-10 honorable mention but he missed spring practices because of a shoulder injury.

Canfield siezed the opportunity and is the starter right now, but Moevoe was just cleared to start throwing again.  Expect a huge QB battle between these two teammates. But, it doesn't matter who starts because either way the Beavers win.

4.  Receivers

Even though the Beavs are returning only one starter, the receiver corp looks as good or better than last year.  The starter line-up right now is James Rodgers, Darell Catchings, and Casey Kjos.

Darell Catchings had a very productive freshman year earning more than 300 yards with 30+ catches and is very athletic.  Junior Casey Kjos is 6-2 205 is a good route runner with sticky hands.  Ultimately, the receiver corp looks like they will be as good or better than last years.

With a more experienced running back and a veteran QB at the helm the Beavers will have a well balanced, and potent offense.