Beavers Football Prepare For Veteran Colorado Defensive Unit

Joshua Lucas, Orange Media Network
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Keenan Puncocher, Multimedia Contributor

Coming off of a loss against Boise State, the Oregon State Football team took to the practice field Tuesday looking to make adjustments before facing off against Colorado.

After being outscored 31-7 in the first half and failing to provide enough protection for quarterback Darell Garretson, the Beavers offensive line in particular is focused on being less lackadaisical and becoming more proactive.

Starting senior right guard, Gavin Andrews talked about his team’s performance against Boise State at practice on Tuesday.

“It was clear in the first half that we were too lackadaisical, after that we did a much better job of protecting, the tempo and play began to pick up,” Andrews said.

When looking ahead to Colorado, Andrews made it clear that his unit needs to be more focused for the entirety of the game.

“We can’t just trust the system, although the system is solid, we need to have more proactive players,” Andrews said. “That means adjusting to what we’re seeing at the moment on the field, not just what we saw on video.”

A key aspect of the Colorado defensive unit with particular focus in the secondary is their veteran experience and key playmakers.

Outside wide receivers coach Brent Brennan, recognized how well Colorado’s defensive secondary is coached and disciplined.

For Brennan this particular matchup draws significance for him as he knows most of the coaching staff for Colorado, as they were under the same staff at San Jose State under current Buffaloes coach, Mike MacIntyre.

“They are a mature group of players whose secondary is outstanding. I’ve worked with that staff and know them all very well. We know it is going to be a big fight on our hands,” Brennan said.

Colorado is coming off of a stunning win over the Oregon Ducks last Saturday in Autzen Stadium. Redshirt freshman quarterback, Steven Montez led the Buffaloes to an impressive victory, catching eyes and headlines across the country.

Senior H-Back Ricky Ortiz, talked about his newfound role of filling in at tight end; as well as how he is looking to make an impact this season filling in for injured starting tight end Noah Togiai.

“I know that I may be ranked as one of the smallest tight ends in the country, but I am going to bring my own heart and toughness each week,” Ortiz said. “My biggest opportunity is to get involved and start showing off some of my athleticism.”