The Oregon State football team has media conference each Tuesday on game week. I’ll be there today with updates. So check back again later.
UPDATE:Here’s the news updates after the press conference with coach Mike Riley. Riley’s is the above video and the middle one of WR James Rodgers and the bottom one of CB Tim Clark.
TE John Reese is expected to redshirt. He’s a senior but never redshirted. Reese requested this because there’s limited playing opportunities with a logjam at the position.
Senior Howard Croom and junior Brady Camp will be the TEs. John Halahuni and redshirt freshman Colby Prince will be the H-backs.
Here’s the full list of true freshman who are expected to play: WR Markus Wheaton, OT Michael Philipp, OT Geoff Garner, RB Jovan Stevenson, LB Devin Unga, LB Kevin Unga, LB Rueben Robinson and S Jordan Poyer.
Word on Wheaton (NCAA Clearinghouse) and QB Peter Lalich (class status) is expected this weekend. Even if it’s unknown about Lalich, he’s the No. 3 QB behind Sean Canfield and Ryan Katz.
If a No. 3 QB is needed Lalich will play, no matter his status, Riley said. Lyle Moevao (shoulder) is out this week.
There are about 3,500 tickets left for Saturday’s game. They cost $33 each.
The Beavers have won the last 25 nonconference home games. The streak started Nov. 16, 1996 with a 67-28 win over Northern Illinois. Coach Mike Riley is 16-0 in nonconference home games.
This week’s game is the 19th consecutive broadcast on live TV. It’s on FSN. That’s a school record dating back to Nov. 3, 2007 at USC.
The 11:35 a.m. kickoff time is believed to be the earliest in the OSU’s home game history. There have been earlier away game kickoffs when playing on the East Coast.
If OT Michael Philipp starts as expected, he would be the first true freshman to do so on the line at OSU since Keith DiDomenico at OG in 1997 against USC and Oregon.
Coach Mike Riley is the third most winningest coach in OSU history with 56 wings. He could move into second this year past Tommy Prothro at 63. The leaders is Lon Stiner with 74 wins.