Oregon State Beavers: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats
Oregon State Beavers: Key To The 2022 Offense
Be more consistent with the passing game.
The Beavers were able to throw well against Oregon and Utah State – and lost. They couldn’t throw a bit against Washington – and won. That’s all a bit of an outlier for an offense that was hit-or-miss with the passing game.
On the year the offense hit 63% of its passes and came up with several big plays, but it didn’t start to kick in until the final month.
As long as the Beavers are able to hit 65% of their passes every week, the running game will take care of the rest.
Oregon State Beavers: Key To The 2022 Defense
Come up with a third down stop.
It all ties together. The Beavers didn’t generate enough of a pass rush, and it gave up. a ton of first downs. That goes hand-in-hand with not being able generate enough stops on third downs.
The defense was the fourth-worst in the nation on third downs, allowing teams to convert a whopping 50.3% of their chances. It only allowed teams to convert fewer than 40% three times.
This has been an issue for years, though. 2014 was the last time Oregon State went through a season allowing fewer than 40% for a season.
Oregon State Beavers: Key Player To The 2022 Season
WR Tre’Shaun Harrison, Sr.
The Oregon State passing attack was fine. It averaged 217 yards per game, it was consistent, and it was occasionally explosive. But it could stand to do a wee bit more down the field.
Trevon Bradford led the team with 42 catches for 631 yards and five scores, but it was the 15 yards per catch that opened everything up. Harrison averaged 14 yards per grab on his 29 catches, but he needs to become a top target.
Oregon State Beavers: Key Transfer
RB Damien Martinez, Fr.
Oregon State doesn’t have a slew of big transfers coming – it’s a young team that didn’t need a bunch of new parts – so taking this in a different direction. Who’s going to be the big new part to the puzzle?
The 6-0, 228-pound Martinez was a good recruit out of Texas with big-time speed to go along with his size. How good is he? Oregon State already has two capable backs in Deshaun Fenwick and Trey Lowe, and Martinez appears ready to shoot up into the starting job.
Oregon State Key Game To The 2022 Season
Boise State, Sept. 3
Oregon State has a Mountain West problem.
It beat Hawaii last year, but got rolled by Utah State in the bowl loss and is 1-5 since 2016 against the conference.
Boise State is probably the best team in the Mountain West this year, and if it’s not, it’s probably Fresno State, who’s the Week 2 opponent on the road.
After Montana State comes USC, at Utah, at Stanford to start the Pac-12 season. Lose to Boise State at home in the opener and it’s going to be a rough first half of the season.
Oregon State Beavers: 2021 Fun Stats
– Rushing Yards Per Carry: Oregon State 5.3 – Opponents 4.1
– Points Allowed in the 1st: 69, in the 4th: 105
– 3rd Down Conversions: Opponents 93-of-185 (50.3%) – Oregon State 79-of-161 (49%)