Here’s a link to my Thursday story in the GT on Oregon State RB Jordan Jenkins as he recovers from a broken leg against Nicholls State. He’s pretty upset about his career ending that way.
Jenkins was a great interview. He was always working hard to prove he belonged on the team. He was a walk-on from Salem, and made a big impact as a receiver out of the backfield as a junior and on special teams this year.
His family is dedicated to OSU with his brother, Andy, coaching with the baseball team. Andy was a standout player who helped the Beavers become national players in baseball.
You can read about him in my upcoming book on the rise of OSU baseball and its legacy due out Feb. 12.
Anyway, both Andy and Jordan were a pleasure to cover and watch. So you can’t help but feel back for Jordan with the way it ended. He would make a great GA if coach Mike Riley needs one.
Here’s a link to my recruiting story in Thursday’s GT. The Beavers signed JC CB Steven Nelson and DT Siale Hautau, and got a commitment from a second DT.
Nelson looks really athletic, and you can never have too many athletes. So he was a good get. The DTs, however, are the big deal.
OSU needs to replace seniors Andrew Seumalo and Castro Masaniai. There are bodies there, but impact players are needed. Hautau (6-0, 315) from Snow College and Kyle Peko (6-2, 295) from Cerritos College can be those guys.
With them in place, and two returning starting DEs, two retuning OLBs, two returning safeties and one CB, the defense should continue to play well.
And here's the OSU video on the tight ends this year.