- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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If you're getting the impression that last season didn't go exactly as Oregon State head coach Mike Riley had mapped it out -- the 3-9 record, finishing last in the conference in rushing etc. -- you'd be right.
From spring ball to media day the theme has been one of dissatisfaction.
"We look back and it fuels us," wide receiver Markus Wheaton said.
Added defensive back Jordan Poyer: "It left a bad taste in our mouth and it hurts."
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Many of the themes are the same as above; the need for improvement, focusing on the details and little things.
"We know that we can do better than [last year]," said returning starting quarterback Sean Mannion. "There were bits and pieces where we know we can be really good. I think that's been the approach. Everyone here wants to win real bad. We know that it doesn't start with our first game. It starts when the last season ends and it continues all the way throughout the offseason. That's really what's been motivating us."
And just so there is no confusion -- Mannion is Riley's guy and there is no quarterback competition between him and Cody Vaz.
"Right now we feel like we have two quarterbacks we can win with in our league," Riley said. "I think that it needs to be defined that Sean is our starter."
Mannion is looking to improve on last season, where he completed 64.5 percent of his passes, but had 18 interceptions to 16 touchdowns. A re-focused effort to build up the running game should help. Riley said he'd like to see the team rush for around 1,800 yards in 2012, which would be a healthy bump from the 1,043 the Beavers managed last season.
If you're getting the impression that last season didn't go exactly as Oregon State head coach Mike Riley had mapped it out -- the 3-9 record, finishing last in the conference in rushing etc.