Chris Brown, The Running Back

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Meet Chris Brown. The Oregon State freshman running back.

The three-star recruit out of Fresno, CA is “in the mix” for the starting job in a very crowded competition, according to Head Coach Mike Riley.

Brown will compete throughout fall camp with senior Jordan Jenkins, sophomores Malcolm Agnew and Terron Ward and redshirt freshman Storm Woods for the job.

One year after having a running back fail to rush for 1,000 yards for the first time since 2004 — and finishing dead last in the Pac-12 in rushing — the Beavers hope at least one will emerge.

OSU never had a consistent starter in 2011. Riley hopes there’s more clarity at the position this season.

“I hope it’s not a committee, committee,” Riley said. “If it’s one guy that’s good. If it’s two guys that’s okay. If we can get 1,700 yards — whether it’s one guy or two guys — I really don’t care.”

Riley spoke highly of Brown after Wednesday’s practice saying he’s a “smooth athlete” with good football IQ.

Brown takes on the burden of wearing the #1 uniform, previously worn by James and Jacquizz Rodgers.

“I think [I would pick number one] because I would be motivated to be as best I can,” Brown said. “I asked them [Rodgers’ brothers] if it was okay if I could get number one and they said it was okay.”

Of course, he’s not the first Chris Brown that comes to the minds of many when the name is mentioned. Brown said it annoys him when people ask him about the musician but that he is a fan of some of his songs.

His favorite?

“To be honest, it’s the one with Justin Bieber,” Brown said.

Chris Brown — a Beaver Believer with a little bit of Bieber Fever.

Wednesday Practice Notes

– OL Colin Kelly hobbled off the field after the very first play of team interaction. He had his left knee iced and didn’t return to practice.

– Jordan Poyer jumped an out route and picked off Sean Mannion during 7-on-7. Poyer might have to adopt the nickname “Pick Six Poyer”.

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