Senior Oregon State DT Stephen Paea is frustrated. He turned down entering the NFL draft with high hopes for his final season.
The Beavers are 1-2 headed into the Pacific-10 Conference and he has only 10 tackles and one QB sack.
He wanted to play in a better bowl game that he has his first two years at OSU – the Sun and Las Vegas bowls. That’s still attainable, but the Beavers must win on a regular basis in the Pac-10.
How they’ve played in the first three games puts that in question.
“It’s kind of frustrating,” Paea said. “I didn’t expect the record of the team. I just have to keep my head up and become a better me and help our defense.”
What’s going on, on defense?
“Every person on the team has to do their job, and everything will be fine,” Paea said “The missing piece is we don’t play together as a team. The coaches hand us the key, and it’s up to us. The D-line will do a good play and the linebackers will mess up. Or the linebackers will be around, and the D-line mess up. We have to be consistent as a team.”
How big of a concern is the way you are playing?
“We are losing, but if you look back there are reasons for the losses,” Paea said. “We played two of the top-five in the nation. And the coaches did a great job showing us what to do. It’s up to us to do to do it.”
Here’s a link to my Friday story in the GT. I caught up with former OSU LB Trent Bray, who is the LB coach at Arizona State. He’s also the youngest full-time coach in the Pac-10.
Since Arizona State is coming to town, I had to showcase a favorite Arizona-based band. There are several. This week I’ll go with a classic from the 80s, 90s and today.