Beaver defense excels in spring showcase

Exodus Ayers (#23) prepares to tackle Joel Valadez (#22) at the Spring Football Showcase at Reser Stadium at Oregon State University on April 20.
Exodus Ayers (#23) prepares to tackle Joel Valadez (#22) at the Spring Football Showcase at Reser Stadium at Oregon State University on April 20.
Miky Pope

Oregon State University football held their 2024 Spring Showcase with the Orange Team winning 10-7 on Saturday afternoon in Reser Stadium.

First-year Head Coach Trent Bray made busy work of the transfer portal with 13 new players added to the roster this offseason. Losing key offensive weapons, quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and star-running back Damien Martinez to the transfer portal, questions about the future of Beaver football remain uncertain for the time being.

The most notable transfers for the Beavers this offseason are quarterbacks Gevani McCoy and Gabarri Johnson. Transferring in from the University of Idaho, McCoy was recruited out of Lakewood, California and threw for 5,550 yards and 43 touchdowns for the Vandals over his tenure.

Johnson, a four-star recruit from Tacoma who received several scholarship offers to other schools, ultimately decided on Missouri and redshirted for the Tigers last season.

With the brand new personnel changes all around the Beaver locker room, the scrimmage between Black and Orange began. Scoring the first touchdown of the game in the third quarter on a rollout pass to wide receiver Trent Walker, Johnson showed fans some promise towards the future.

For the Orange Team, quarterbacks Dominic Montiel and Travis Throckmorton would get the opportunity to shine. After three quarters, the Orange Team led the Black Team 10-7, following a solid touchdown run from Dyontae Navarrete.

As the offense continued to blend together as a unit and tighten up mistakes, Bray’s defense got the chance to shine for four quarters straight. Inside linebacker Aiden Sullivan racked up a handful of tackles in the scrimmage and the Beavers showed off their run stopping ability.

“There was a lot of good work defensively, we made a couple nice hits and stopped the run which was great to see. Linebackers played well and then offensively, there was some good run stuff and we had a couple opportunities to hit an explosive pass just have to convert on it. Overall they stayed healthy and there was a lot of good work so I’m happy,” Bray said.

The Beaver roster from 2023 is long gone, and the Bray era has begun. The Beavers will play Idaho State to start their 2024 fall season at home on Aug. 31.

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