Beavers bent on playing in a bowl
sitting home again.”
Markus Wheaton and Jordan Poyer, the team’s offensive and defensive leaders, will not be around this summer to keep teammates accountable. In their place will be receiver Brandin Cooks and center Isaac Seumalo, Reynolds and defensive end Dylan Wynn.
“We’ll have ample numbers to be able to step up and do that — maybe more than a year ago,” said Riley, who also mentioned running back Storm Woods, linebacker D.J. Alexander and safeties Tyrequek Zimmerman and Ryan Murphy.
And the team’s leading tackler, linebacker Michael Doctor.
“He’s probably the biggest one we need to step up and be more vocal,” said Reynolds, who is a natural for the part. “Everybody has days when their mind’s not in it. That’s when you need Get complete Longhorns coverage leading up to the Alamo Bowl, including pregame news conference video, photos and stats, at somebody to set you right. We’re all family, we love each other, but if I have to get in your face sometimes, then that’s what I’ll do.”
It was a change in the style of leadership that has paid big dividends for Oregon State.
“They weren’t just leading by example anymore,” Miller said. “They were very aggressively telling players what they expect and they were holding them to that level every single day.”
Now, the Beavers are happily without the fuel of sitting at home watching bowl games. But they do have the fruits of their winning attitude — not to mention three weeks of football training in December that they did not have the past two years.
Wynn says the change in attitude has only just begun to bear fruit.
“This last offseason,” Wynn said, “had a huge impact on who we’re becoming.”
Oregon State coach Mike Riley says team leaders should be able to keep all the Beavers accountable during the summer months of 2013.