Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Offseason spotlight: Oregon State
By Kyle Bonagura
We're taking a look at a player from each Pac-12 team who could step into the spotlight in 2014.
Spotlight: WR Richard Mullaney, R-Jr. (6-3, 194)
2013 summary: Mullaney caught 52 passes for 788 yards and three touchdowns.
The skinny: In 2012, Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks were Oregon State's top two receivers and combined for 2,395 yards receiving. Last season, Mullaney replaced Wheaton, a 2013 third-round pick, in that equation and combined with Cooks for 2,518 yards. Yes, an overwhelming majority came from Cooks (1,730 yards), but with the Biletnikoff Award winner off to the NFL, that production needs to be replaced. No one is expecting him to be Cooks, but he should be the leading receiver on a team that likes to throw the ball. What remains to be seen is how the Beavers offense will change after Mike Riley hired John Garrett to be the team's new offensive coordinator. Presumably there won't be wholesale changes with Riley still overseeing things, but it's also doubtful returning quarterback Sean Mannion will chase the 603 passing attempts from last year either. With Mullaney taking on a bigger role, the same should be assumed for running backs Terron Ward and Storm Woods as the Beavers strive for more offensive balance.