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Oregon State mailbag: Kicking sport woes, reporting accidents, annoying visiting bands, Luke Musgrave standing

It’s time for the weekly installment of Oregon State mailbag, the place readers ask questions and The Oregonian/OregonLive’s OSU beat reporter Nick Daschel makes an attempt a solution.

Right here goes:

Any probability we see (Jack) Colletto taking snaps at TE? Or perhaps operating routes from one thing like an H-back place? – Andrew

I may very well be mistaken, however I imagine Colletto has already lined up as an H-back or tight finish. If not, it’s within the offensive bundle. Outdoors of taking part in offensive line, Colletto is prone to play wherever on offense.

Are you nervous about Everett Hayes and area targets going ahead? After Montana State sport I’m nervous he is probably not 100% for a while. The depth at that place is questionable. – Robert W

Depth at kicker is a query for each crew. It’s a priority, for positive. It’s one thing I’ll attempt to examine if it continues to be a difficulty.

What does Oregon State do nicely that individuals don’t discuss sufficient about? – Jerrod E

The Beavers protection. It’s comprehensible. OSU was horrible only a few years in the past. The defensive coordinator was fired lower than a 12 months in the past. However the Beavers’ 2022 protection, it’s stable, at a minimal. We’ll discover out if it’s elite, a minimum of on the Pac-12 degree, through the subsequent two video games.

Are reporters required to not report on accidents through the week or is that simply an unwritten rule? No offense Nick, however the absolute worst a part of sport day is logging onto your twitter 10 minutes earlier than sport time and seeing all of the surprises of who shouldn’t be taking part in that day. – Neil D

That’s the worst a part of sport day? Not a heat beer, visitors jam on I-5, 30 folks lined up on the males’s room? Fact is, reporting accidents is hard in 2022. Most, if not all FBS coaches, need to hold a lid on accidents for varied causes. We’re not allowed to look at follow through the week, so it’s tough to know who will get harm through the week.

I often discover out about injured gamers who will miss the sport two or three hours earlier than a sport. After I know, I report. Smith is best than most coaches. If he is aware of on a Monday {that a} participant is out, he’ll let reporters know. Many coaches would hold it beneath wraps. There’s extra I can write on this topic, however backside line is, that is soccer. There are going to be accidents. Be prepared for that once you sit down to look at the sport.

“Tribute to Troy” obtained me thinking- is there any protocol over when marching bands can play through the sport? – Alison W

I requested an OSU official. Right here’s the reply: “The bands are coordinated by advertising. We break up up the between downs and finish of timeouts. Nonetheless, visiting bands generally play after they need to play after which we do our greatest to not have battling sounds whereas additionally making an attempt to not enable a visiting band to take over our ambiance.”

Nonetheless no additional information when Alton (Julian) is coming again but? – Bryan M

I’ve requested. We’ll see if I get a solution earlier than Saturday afternoon. I wouldn’t count on a lot, if Julian is energetic. It’s been nearly a 12 months since he performed.

With the Beavers’ nice begin, how has this affected recruiting, if any? — @2022SportsGuy

It has the eye of recruits, for positive. However the affect of a giant season not often exhibits up till subsequent 12 months’s recruiting class, which in OSU’s case is the 2024 cycle. This season may win over a recruit or two for 2023, however it’s principally concerning the upcoming sophomores and juniors. Too early to inform. That stated, it wouldn’t harm Oregon State to placed on a present Saturday due to the myriad recruits in attendance at Reser.

How is OSU males’s soccer wanting? Any discuss rising seating capability at Paul Lorenz area? Successful the Pac 12 Championship final 12 months over Washington was an electrical ambiance. These closing video games had been fairly packed. – Bennett

This isn’t fairly the crew of a 12 months in the past, however give it a while. The Beavers misplaced quite a bit off final 12 months’s historic squad. OSU is coming off a pleasant 2-1 win at No. 10 Denver. We’ll quickly discover out the place the Beavers stand, as Pac-12 play begins subsequent Thursday at No. 20 UCLA. Of OSU’s closing 11 video games, seven are towards Prime 20 opponents.

As for seating, I haven’t heard of plans to improve. But when Oregon State males’s soccer continues to be a sizzling ticket, that might change.

Love the recent begin! The place do you rank the next issues for the crew heading into USC & Utah: Penalties; Lack of Sacks; Kicking uncertainty? — @Balias_Info

Not too involved about penalties. This can be a veteran crew and the one sport the place it appeared to be a difficulty was the opener. Lack of sacks? That’s a troublesome one as a result of it’s extra about impacting the quarterback. A cross rush will be efficient if it forces a quarterback to throw sooner than he desires, with out getting the sack. That stated, OSU must be higher on this space vs. USC and Utah. Kicking, most likely the No. 1 concern. If it comes all the way down to a 45-yard area objective and Everett Hayes’ leg harm is bothering him, that’s an issue.

Do you foresee OSU ever internet hosting one other non-conference soccer sport in Portland? – Charles R

Ever is a very long time. Maybe someday within the subsequent century. However for the subsequent few a long time, no. OSU sunk $161 million into transforming Reser Stadium to construct cash-generating belongings. Oregon State isn’t going to offer that up for a visit to Portland.

Not that it issues a lot, but when Utah and OSU each win this weekend, is the PAC 12 community nonetheless going to host the most certainly prime 15 match up the week after? — @RichRod

The sport is locked into the Pac-12 Community, even when they’re 1-2 subsequent Monday morning.

I’m assuming (Trey) Lowe has some non-football associated points. Is there a should be involved about Lowe not returning but? Hope no matter is happening will get resolved and he’s again 100% — @TheDigitalDam

Unclear on the harm, however it occurred within the Boise State sport. He’s out for some time.

Why no Colletto towards Montana St.? Would have appreciated to see him get some run in that sport. — @ds1527

Colletto took a number of snaps on offense. He simply didn’t deal with the ball. There was no want to offer future opponents extra video to look at.

Soo… Any timeline for (Luke) Musgrave’s return (the 14th particular person to ask this I’m positive….) — @beaverjuice77

Musgrave is out for some time, however I’m informed he must be again in some unspecified time in the future this season. Only a hunch … maybe he returns following the bye week Oct. 29.

Okay, how will you presumably justify placing the OSU-Utah sport on PAC-12 (Community) once more? That is the form of stuff that’s driving followers away. At this level, I wouldn’t be shocked if OSU straight up wasn’t televised. That’s how disrespected we’re at this level. – Kyle W

I’ve defined this earlier than, however right here goes once more. Every crew has a minimal variety of Pac-12 Networks it should fulfill. ESPN and FOX drive these selections. They’ve made it clear that USC and Utah are related. ESPN and FOX need these groups accessible later within the season, so that they’re prepared to forgo a USC-OSU or Utah-Oregon State sport early within the convention season to make that occur. It’s not a disrespect of Oregon State. The most important, most engaging video games are late within the season. That’s a reality. ESPN and FOX are ensuring they’re televising these video games, not the Pac-12 Community.

–Nick Daschel | | @nickdaschel



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