Former Oregon State linebacker and assistant coach Trent Bray is expected to be headed back to Corvallis, according to Corvallis Gazette-Times sources.
It's unclear at this point what role Bray would serve on new head coach Jonathan Smith's staff.
The assistant coaches positions were posted on Nov. 27 and close on Wednesday. The new coaches should be available to start work after that point.
Bray was serving as Nebraska's interim coach after the firing of Mike Riley. Bray was the Cornhuskers' linebackers coach from 2015-17 and had a similar position at OSU from 2012-14 and Arizona State from 2010-11.
The Beavers also are reportedly going to bring in Colorado co-offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren as offensive coordinator.
Lindgren was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Northern Arizona from 2009-11 and at San Jose State in 2012 before heading to Colorado with head coach Mike MacIntyre.
The Spartans averaged 446.2 yards a game and were No. 7 nationally with 332.7 yards passing under Lindgren.
The Buffaloes were fourth in the Pac-12 in passing in 2017 with 260.4 yards a game. Lindgren coached Sefo Luifau for four seasons at CU.
Arizona offensive line coach Jim Michalczik is also expected to join the OSU staff in a similar role.
Michalczik coached the offensive line, tight ends and special teams for the Beavers in 1999-2001.
Hungalu, Morris honored
OSU senior linebacker Manase Hungalu and freshman safety David Morris received honorable mention for the all-Pac-12 Conference teams.
Hungalu was also named one of five finalists for the 2017 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award. He finished the season with 97 tackles — ranking him fifth in the Pac-12 — along with two interceptions, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and a touchdown.
His 20 tackles against California rank as the most by a conference player this season, tied for fifth nationally and tied for fourth most ever by an OSU player.
Morris had 75 tackles in 2017, tying him with Jalen Moore for second on the team. He had four tackles for loss, one interception and one pass breakup.
Morris played in 11 games, starting seven, and his 17 tackles against Minnesota rank second for a single game in the Pac-12, behind only Hungalu’s 20. The 17 are also third most nationally by a freshman.
Beavers to play Purdue
Oregon State announced Tuesday a home-and-home series with Purdue.
OSU will travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, to face the Boilermakers on Sept. 4, 2021, to open the season, with Purdue returning to Reser Stadium on Sept. 21, 2024.
The teams have met only once, a 22-14 victory by OSU at then-No. 2 Purdue on Oct. 21, 1967, during a season in which the Beavers were tabbed the “Giant Killers” for their success against nationally ranked opponents.