CORVALLIS, Ore. (KOIN) — Heading into his second season as head coach, Jonathan Smith and the Oregon State Beavers showed off their revamped team, kicking off fall camp with media day on Wednesday.
Smith’s first season as coach resulted in a 2-10 overall record, struggling at times to find identity offensively and defensively, but coaches and players remain optimistic about the upcoming season.
“I feel like this is the year Oregon State really steps up as a program,” standout receiver Isaiah Hodgins said. “This offseason felt way different from last year’s. I think it is really going to show in the games.”
The Beavers are returning to Reser Stadium this season with key offensive pieces, including standouts Jermar Jefferson and Isaiah Hodgins as well as experienced quarterback Jake Luton.
“We wanted to establish our identity and what we are all about in year one,” Smith said, “With the way we run the ball and how that will complement the passing game, we want to take a step in year two to build on that.”
Defensively, fresh faces appear across the board, and senior defensive tackle Elu Aydon is excited to show off the revamped defense.
“I’m excited to play with a lot of these guys. We got Addison Gumbs, Avery Roberts and a bunch of new faces. I’m sure they are going to be big contributions to the team and where we want to be,” he said.
Smith and the Beavers now prepare for the season opener Aug. 30 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
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