OREGON STATE — Key players: QB Sean Mannion, RB Malcolm Agnew, WR Markus Wheaton, CB Jordan Poyer, DE Scott Crichton, DE Dylan Wynn. Returning starters: offense 8, defense 8.
Notes: This could be a big season for the Beavers and coach Mike Riley. Oregon State went to the 2009 Las Vegas Bowl, but has had consecutive losing seasons, including 3-9 in a 2011 season filled with injuries. ... Mannion took over for Ryan Katz as the starter last season, but had some growing pains as a redshirt freshman. He threw for 3,332 yards, third-most in school history, and had 16 touchdowns last season, but also had 18 interceptions. ... Crichton set a school record by forcing six fumbles and Wynn led the nation with five recoveries, also a school record.