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Oregon State inside linebacker Manase Hungalu is heading into his final game for the Beavers this Saturday at Oregon.

Manase Hungalu is headed into his final game for Oregon State.

Although Hungalu has been fighting injuries for much of the season, he leads the Beavers with 94 total tackles.

"He's banged up but he's ready to go," OSU defensive coordinator Kevin Clune said. "We'll see how far. I know he wants to play, he wants it. So he'll get it done."

Clune said the coaches have kept Hungalu from getting a lot of physical work in during practices as the season has wound down.

"You try to scale it back but still get the work in," Clune said. "You've got the balance kind of thing where you may not get all the reps you want, but they've got to get it on film. So at this point of the year it's not so much about running around."

Hungalu's big game of the season came at California, where he had 20 total tackles with 13 solo stops.

He had 83 total tackles as a junior with 13 coming against Utah. He also had two fumble recoveries, one for a 40-yard touchdown and an interception at UCLA.

He started four games as a sophomore.

"He's been a productive guy and he's come a long way from where he was on the first day before I even got here. It's been like a journey for him," Clune said.

"There's been a lot of good production and I think you talk to him and he'll say there's even more that he could have had. I believe that his best football is still out there."

Stopping the run

The Beavers have struggled mightily to stop the run this season.

They've been hit particularly hard in the past three games, losses to Cal, Arizona and Arizona State.

It won't get any easier against the Ducks, who are second in the Pac-12 in rushing at 264.1 yards a game.

"They run outside, they're fast. Probably the fastest team we'll play in this league," Clune said. "Their O-line, I think, is underrated. I think they're faster than people give them credit for and they're nastier than people give them credit for."

Oregon also has one of the top running backs in the conference in Royce Freeman, who is fourth in the Pac-12 with 123 yards a game.

The Beavers can't afford to make the same mistakes that have proved to be their undoing in past games.

"People have got to be where they're supposed to be," Clune said. "The line's got to be in the right place, the 'backers have got to fill the right place, the secondary has to help us in the right place. It's just going to be a team situation."

Herbert's addition

Clune said Oregon's playbook is now complete with the return of quarterback Justin Herbert to run the system.

Herbert played last week against Arizona and led the Ducks to a 48-28 win.

"They don't have to tone it down for the two freshmen," Clune said. "And so there's going to be more downfield throws and more usage of the receivers and all that. And we'll see. It will be an X-factor of what other things they're going to go to."

Injury situation

OSU has 12 players who are listed as out for Saturday's game.

While the Beavers have been thin in the secondary for most of the season due to banged-up players, they might have cornerbacks Shawn Wilson and Kyle White.

Wilson is a game-time decision.

"He's a competitor, he understands this is the last game of the season for him. So it will be interesting to see how that shakes out," interim head coach Cory Hall said.

"Kyle White completed a full day of practice, so we'll go in and assess and see where he stands and see if he can contribute and help us out on Saturday."


Sports Reporter

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