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oregon state BEAVERS
GEORGE SCHROEDER
August 22, 2012
There's enough talent at the skill positions to reverse the recent skid—but that will happen only if the team can learn its lines
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August 22, 2012

Oregon State Beavers

There's enough talent at the skill positions to reverse the recent skid—but that will happen only if the team can learn its lines

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19 INTERCEPTIONS THROWN BY THE BEAVERS IN 2011, INCLUDING 18 BY SEAN MANNION—BOTH OF WHICH WERE THE MOST IN THE PAC-12.

KEY RETURNEES

DE SCOTT CRICHTON SOPHOMORE

He earned a starting role as a redshirt freshman last season, when he had 74 tackles, six sacks and six forced fumbles (setting a school record). Crichton's continued impact is key to an improved run defense.

CB-KR JORDAN POYER SENIOR

One of the nation's best cornerbacks (four picks, 16 passes defended in 2011), the 6-foot 190-pounder is also vital in the return game. Oregon's top baseball player as a senior at Astoria High, he played seven games in the outfield for the Beavers last year.

WR MARKUS WHEATON SENIOR

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