Beavers look to improve offensively through unity

Keenan Puncocher, Orange Media Network
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Keenan Puncocher Multimedia Contributor

Following Oregon State’s disappointing performance Saturday against PAC-12 opponent Colorado, the team took to the practice field seeking a sense of unity.

Offensively as a whole, the team struggled to gain any momentum worthwhile, putting up just six points. The Beavers produced only 100 passing yards in total against Colorado and managed to average a dismal 3.1 yards per passing attempt.

Starting quarterback Darell Garretson talked about his team’s play as of recent and expressed a clear message to anyone who doubts him or the team as a whole.

“We don’t care if anyone else believes in us, because we believe in one another,” Garretson said.

“Everyone here has a belief and a desire to win. It is special to be able to get Beaver Nation behind us this weekend, but we ultimately want a team win.”

Although the team failed to produce many memorable plays on Saturday against the Buffs, one focus of optimism was the play of freshman running back, Artavis Pierce. Averaging 7.6 yards per carry on eight total carries was a brightside for the young freshman.

With his improved performance, Pierce is looking for an increased role going forward for both himself as well as for the team. At Tuesday’s practice, he expressed his thoughts on his performance, and the bigger role he is looking to have going forward.

“I went out there when my number was called and I did my job. I feel more comfortable and focused every time I step onto the field,” Pierce said.

When asked about what the team is focused on, it was evident that they are hungry for a win as a complete unit.

“Everyone’s mindset is playing together as a unit, being brothers, playing as a family and each of us are focused for the game ahead. We take it one game at a time and play together,” Pierce said.

With dynamic players on both sides of the ball, Cal presents a tough challenge for Oregon State. Fresh off of a goal line stand against Utah to win the game, the Bears defense is looking to carry the momentum against the Beavers.

For co-offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven, his focus on offense was being able to seize opportunities.

“We have not been able to capitalize on opportunities that we have had,” said McGiven. “That has been the story of our downfield passing game so far this season. We have to execute when we can,” said McGiven.

Seizing opportunities is evidently clear for the Beavers as McGiven noted however, the overarching goal this week is playing together.

“We have to put ourselves into a position first where we can put points on the board. It has to be more focused on us this weekend more so than who we play,” McGiven said.

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