Oregon State linebackers coach Trent Bray is sharpening his resume while he’s preparing his players for the Alamo Bowl.
Bray is finishing up his second year as a graduate assistant, and must move on by NCAA rule. He could have stayed another year if he had made enough progress toward a master’s degree.
However, he has been used as an actual linebackers coach this season and in 2009 at Arizona State, so the academics weren’t his focus. Bray wasn’t learning the coaching ropes like a regular graduate assistant since he was so advanced.
“I can’t GA anymore,” Bray said. “Right now I’m looking for a job and see what lands.”
Bray, who played for the Beavers from 2000-05, helped develop standout outside linebackers Michael Doctor and D.J. Alexander, and refined seniors Kevin Unga and Rueben Robinson this season.
At Arizona State, he developed standouts Vontaze Burfict and Colin Parker.
Bray took over the linebackers for defensive coordinator Mark Banker this season, a move that allowed Banker to monitor all areas of defense in practice and games.
He said that if a position opened up on the OSU staff, he would love to stay on as a full-time coach.
“I absolutely would,” Bray said. “Whatever happens, you can’t bank on it. I’m just hoping for the best.”
For now he’s looking to help the Beavers finish the season with a big win over Texas on Dec. 29.
Receiver Brandin Cooks (knee) returned to practice after missing the last four. He ran drills but stayed away from contact.
“I tried it out today, running around,” Cooks said. “It felt pretty good. I’ll be back soon.”
Since the Beavers are the home team for the Alamo Bowl, they’ll wear dark uniforms and Texas will be in all white.
Out of the options that the Beavers have for home uniforms, they decided to go with orange jerseys and black pants.
OSU will lose players to academic ineligibility for the bowl game but Riley did not identify them. Riley did say that none of them are starters.