Getting up to speed at the Division I level has been a gradual process for Oregon State receiver Trevon Bradford.
Bradford has flashes of brilliant play but then fades for a spell and lands on the sideline for long stretches.
At Washington State, Bradford had one catch for 13 yards and another that got away. Bradford made an acrobatic play on the ball but the replay booth ruled that he lost possession when he came down on the turf.
It was the type of play that Bradford needs to make to take that next step forward.
"Personally, I think I caught the ball. They took some time to replay it, so I thought they'd give me the catch, but they didn't so it's on me to just make it so that we they don't (have) to replay it," Bradford said.
"It is frustrating because I expect myself to make those plays, my teammates expect me to make those plays, so when I don't it's like, all right, I've got a chance to make the next one. Got to make the next one. But it's just trying to be consistent with making the big plays is what I'm trying to work on."
That consistency is a key aspect of the game that receivers coach Jason Phillips is looking for in Bradford.
"I'd like to see more consistency out of him because he definitely has a talent," Phillips said. "In order to help this football team I would like to see him trust his abilities more and then go out and play with more confidence. And when he does those things he's a good football player for us."
Bradford, a sophomore, had three catches for 34 yards at Colorado State but did not have a catch in the next two games before getting some targets at WSU.
At a listed 6-feet, 184 pounds, Bradford gives the Beavers a smaller, quicker option along with several of their much bigger receivers.
"Speed is definitely something that we need on the field consistently all the time," Phillips said. "All those guys need to play fast and as fast as they are, they need to do that for us in order for us to be successful and that's one of the things we need to continue to work on and do consistently. Yes, he has a trait. He's a little smaller, shiftier guy with some ability.
"Again, it just goes back to it just needs to be consistent, over and over and over. Every play, every rep."
Bradford said Phillips expects him to be physical with his play and not be passive on the field.
Phillips caught a lot of passes while playing for University of Houston and he played the position at 5-7.
"I got a lot of respect for coach Phillips because he's done everything that essentially I want to do," Bradford said. "He's an undersized guy, so everything he tells me I try to put into my game and I listen to him and I try to take in as much as I can from him just because he's a super-knowledgeable coach."
Bradford was an Oregon fan growing up and played at Oregon City High.
He did follow the Beavers and was a big fan of (James and Jacquizz Rodgers) and Brandin Cooks, who is his favorite NFL player.
Bradford enrolled early at OSU and was impressive enough during spring ball that he was put on the two-deep at slot receiver.
Bradford's first career touchdown came against Arizona in the next to last game of last season. He entered the game with one catch in his college career.
Bradford stepped in for Victor Bolden and grabbed a 35-yard touchdown toss from Marcus McMaryion. Bradford finished with three catches for 51 yards.
He finished the season with five catches for 60 yards and the score.
"I feel like I've grown up a lot," Bradford said. "When I first got here I was still basically a high school student, enrolling early. I was not immature but just still learning, still becoming a man. Normally, you're older, but I feel like I'm a lot more mature than I was. My teammates look at me like a leader, so being the young guy that I am, I guess I've earned that right so I've come a long way."