On stage ... Oregon State
July, 29, 2010
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
PASADENA, Calif. -- Some quick hits from media day.
- Coach Mike Riley with running back Jacquizz Rodgers. The Beavers were picked third in the media poll after finishing tied for second in 2009.
- Riley said that linebacker Keith Pankey (Achilles) has been given "the green light" to be full go at the start of camp but the coaches will "keep a close eye on him."
- Riley said he expects to get better pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season after struggling to do so last year.
- Rodgers on Oregon State: "Everybody gets better as they go through the program." Said Riley: "We don't feel we do more with less. We feel like we evaluate players."
- Riley on quarterback Ryan Katz: "I don't think he'll be intimidated by anything. ... This kid is going to be a good quarterback."
- Riley on Stephen Paea: "He is a tremendously hard worker with about as much explosiveness for a big man as I've seen... he's one of the best players at that position that we've had."