Jonathan Smith takes over as Oregon State's football coach after spending four seasons at Washington as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.
Smith and OSU's next offensive coordinator will have some talent to mold as the building begins.
Smith said the Beavers are not that far from a solid football team despite a 1-11 record this past season.
Quarterback Jake Luton, who was lost for the season after suffering a thoracic spine fracture at Washington State in the Beavers' fourth game, agreed.
"When we were in the middle of losing games, I thought we were right there. At halftime we'd be right in the game and then a couple things, we'd have some mishaps and the game would get away from us," Luton said.
"But the talent's there, and I think we're going to work hard this offseason and we're going to give ourselves every opportunity to come back and be successful next year."
Quarterback is a major question mark entering the offseason. Darell Garretson exhausted his eligibility and Luton is in the midst of recovery.
"I'm getting better. My head's feeling good, my neck and my back are getting better," Luton said. "There's still a few things that I'm working out but I hope to be back full swing for spring ball."
With Luton's status up in the air, the Beavers have little in the way of experience at the spot.
Conor Blount has a few starts under his belt from 2016 and Mason Moran was moved back to quarterback from safety when the depth was thinned out during the season.
Aidan Willard was a true freshman and the Beavers have commits from 6-foot-5, 215-pound Spencer Petras of Kentfield, California, and Jake Dukart (6-3, 180) from Lake Oswego. Both are three-star recruits.
The early signing period begins Dec. 20.
There is a chance the Beavers could land a transfer or two at the position.
The Beavers are going with Brian Lindgren as the offensive coordinator and that means a balanced offense that will lean toward the pass, similar to the offenses Lindgren ran at Colorado.
Smith has worked primarily with multiple pro-set offenses through his career. He does not plan to call plays, however. He will leave that to Lindgren.
"At this point, no, I don't envision myself being the play caller," Smith said. "I do see myself being involved offensively. I have a background in it. I've been doing it the past four years in this league. I'm going to have some contributions in it, but I don't see myself calling the plays."
OSU's quarterback for 2018 should have a good selection of receivers.
The Beavers lose Jordan Villamin and Timmy Hernandez, but Isaiah Hodgins got quite a bit of playing time as a true freshman and showed flashes of the ability that had him ranked as a four-star recruit out of high school.
Hodgins was second on the team with 31 receptions and had two touchdowns. At 6-4, he adds some good size to the position.
Seth Collins has missed the bulk of the past two seasons due to illness but is a solid weapon for the Beavers when he's been able to play.
Trevon Bradford has shown plenty of potential as a sophomore and finished with 11 catches for 204 yards.
Andre Bodden will be back as a junior after finishing with one catch for nine yards.
Tight end is set with Noah Togiai, who led OSU with 34 catches for 461 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Tuli Wily-Matagi had six catches for 54 yards. Both players will be juniors.
Running back should be an area of strength even with some departures.
Ryan Nall could decide to leave for the NFL or as a graduate transfer, but has the option to stay for his senior season. Nall led the Beavers with 810 yards on 165 carries with eight touchdowns.
Thomas Tyner could also be in the mix if he chooses to stay and the NCAA grants him a sixth season of eligibility. Tyner had 297 yards on 64 carries and three touchdowns in limited action due to ongoing injuries.
If Nall leaves, then Artavis Pierce will be back to step into an expanded role. Pierce had 323 yards rushing with one touchdown. The Beavers also have rising sophomore Calvin Tyler and redshirt freshman B.J. Baylor.
The offensive line play was up and down all season. The Beavers were solid in pass protection but too often struggled in run blocking.
With right tackle Fred Lauina the lone senior on the line, the Beavers have plenty of experience and depth with left tackle Blake Brandel, left guard Gus Lavaka, center Sumner Houston and right guard Trent Moore all starters with eligibility left. Guard Kammy Delp and center Yanni Demogerontas also return after getting playing time.
JC transfers Clay Cordasco and Justin Sattelmeier return, as do Miki Fifita and Nous Keobounnam, among others.
Jordan Choukair is a solid option at placekicker. Choukair struggled during the first half of the season but came on and wound up hitting 12 of 19 field goal attempts with a long of 49 yards (twice).