Oregon State soccer: Offense progressing, but waiting for a ‘full sport;’ USC fight song just ‘outdoors noise’

Oregon State established itself as one of many Pac-12’s finest operating groups in 2021, one thing the Beavers appeared able to persevering with in 2022.

OSU hasn’t been dangerous this season. But rating sixth within the convention in common dashing yards does not imply the Beavers have been nice, both.

Oregon State is averaging 190 dashing yards a sport, which hardly units off alarm bells. The Beavers have been constant, too, ending with 178 yards towards Fresno State and Boise State, and 214 towards Montana State.

But if OSU desires to achieve the extent it thinks it might, the operating sport should cleared the path. It’s why offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren, when requested in regards to the offense as a complete, has an perspective that begs: “Show me extra.”

“I really feel like we just have not put collectively that full sport the place we have got a variety of issues that we will do,” Lindgren stated.

Lindgren is all about consistency, and it is not there but. He thought the Montana State efficiency, throughout which the offense produced 9 touchdowns and 540 yards, was the Beavers’ better of the season.

What’s been just a bit off are the explosive operating performs which have been a staple of coach Jonathan Smith and Lindgren’s offenses. The Beavers have 16 performs of 10 or extra dashing yards this season. Again, not horrible. But eight got here towards Montana State, a protection OSU will not face once more this season. The Beavers mixed for eight 10-plus yard dashing performs towards Fresno State and Boise State, but solely two had been longer than 15 yards.

In 2020 and 2021, Oregon State ranked second within the Pac-12 in dashing performs of 10 or extra yards.

Lindgren stated the massive performs solely occur when all 11 offensive gamers click on.

“Some of it comes all the way down to downfield blocking, or making a man miss,” Lindgren stated. “If we will clear up and be a little bit extra in line with our execution and approach, these issues will pop for us.”

Juggling tight ends: With fourth-year junior Luke Musgrave sidelined indefinitely, Oregon State should lean on its depth. The Beavers have invested closely in recruiting tight ends the previous few years. It’s a group led by third-year sophomore Jake Overman, but others will get loads of work.

Because Oregon State usually makes use of two — and generally three — tight finish units, the Beavers will flip to redshirt freshmen JT Byrne and Gabe Milbourn, and maybe freshman Jack Velling, in upcoming video games.

Overman is definitely the veteran among the many group, having performed in 23 video games throughout his OSU profession. Overman caught a go towards Montana State, his first for the reason that 2020 season. The solely different OSU tight finish to catch a go this season, outdoors of Musgrave, is Velling.

“He’s a veteran man who is aware of what we’re making an attempt to do, and I look for him to be one of many leaders in that room proper now,” Lindgren stated of Overman.

This season, Byrne has performed in three video games, Velling one, whereas Milbourn has but to see motion.

There is a few buzz about Velling’s potential.

“I believe you may see him develop and be a main a part of what we do because the season strikes ahead,” Lindgren stated.

Fight on: The sounds of “Tribune to Troy” performed all through Tuesday’s follow because the Beavers ready for USC. The Trojans’ fight song is well-known all through the Pac-12 because it’s performed continuously throughout USC video games, each residence and away.

“I believe the fellows type of had enjoyable listening to it,” Lindgren stated.

By Saturday, although, it’s going to just be empty noise.

“I adore it. It’s nice motivation,” middle Jake Levengood stated. “When we get on the market they usually deliver their band, it is nothing new to us.”

Receiver Anthony Gould stated he by no means heard the fight song, which may very well be heard from a couple hundred yards outdoors the follow area Tuesday.

“I do not even actually discover it,” Gould stated. “When you are locked in and making an attempt to concentrate on the main points and stuff, it is just outdoors noise. Not dangerous for me.”

Sound enhancements: Oregon State is putting in a momentary sound system at Reser Stadium, which shall be prepared for Saturday’s sport towards USC.

The college is upgrading the sound system after complaints following the season opener towards Boise State. Six clusters with some 40 audio system positioned at numerous factors of the west facet’s decrease bowl will direct sound in the direction of the top zones and east facet of Reser Stadium.

Oregon State is inspecting everlasting sound options for Reser previous to the outset of the 2023 season, when the $161 million west facet rework is accomplished.

— Nick Daschel | ndaschel@oregonian.com | @nickdaschel

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