Oregon State's Lavonte Barnett (59) pressures PSU's Paris Penn. (Amanda Cowan | Corvallis Gazette-Times)

The Beavers started defensive end Lavonte Barnett at Hawaii.

Barnett, a 6-foot-3, 259-pound junior, got the nod after a good game against Portland State.

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“He played a real good game in the first game and has really grown,” coach Mike Riley said. “I think he’s coming on and playing like we anticipated him being able to play.”

Barnett has two total tackles and knocked down a pass against Hawaii.

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Kevin Hampton is sports reporter for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at 541-758-9519 or kevin.hampton@lee.net.