It’s always smart to know your opponent, and in preparation for the 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl, that’s exactly what Hook ‘Em Headlines is here to help you do. Today, we take a look at the Oregon State offense.
After injuries forced a season-long revolving door at quarterback, head coach Mike Riley recently named junior Cody Vaz as the Alamo Bowl starter. In his six games this year, Vaz threw for 1,286 yards and 11 touchdowns with just one interception. While not much of a runner (long run: seven yards), Vaz takes care of the ball and isn’t afraid to go hunting for the homerun.
And with vertical threats like senior wideout Markus Wheaton and sophomore Brandin Cooks, why wouldn’t he? Wheaton has found the end zone 11 times this season and ranks 11th nationally with 100.6 receiving yards per game. Cooks averages a field-stretching 17.5 yards per catch, good for 20th in the country. For a defense that’s specialized in surrendering big plays, this will be as challenging a matchup as the Horns have faced all year.
Especially when you throw in the Beavers’ underrated rushing attack, which is led by a much-improved offensive line and features the talents of redshirt freshman running back Storm Woods. If that phenomenal name rings a bell (and really, any name that doubles as a force of nature should be celebrated), it’s because Woods is a Texas native, plucked right out of Pflugerville in UT’s backyard. In his first season of action, Woods has racked up 822 yards and 11 touchdowns on 4.8 yards per carry.
On special teams, sophomore placekicker Trevor Romaine connected on 48 of 51 extra points and 14 of 16 field goals, with a long of 45 yards.
Check back tomorrow for a preview of the Oregon State defense…
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