Beavers bent on play­ing in a bowl

Alamo

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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.”

DON RYAN / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ore­gon State coach Mike Ri­ley says team lead­ers should be able to keep all the Beavers ac­count­able dur­ing the sum­mer months of 2013.

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