Corvallis, OR -- The Oregon State football team kicked off the second session of spring practices Thursday afternoon. They are approaching the fall with a new goal, protecting the quarterback. Last season, the Beavers were plagued with plenty of injuries in the QB position. Jake Luton, Conor Blount, and Jack Colletto each started at least one game for the Beavs.
The lack of consistency was tough for Oregon State to manage, so head coach Jonathan Smith and offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren are making it a team goal to do a better job of protecting the quarterback.
"You know the quarterbacks going to have a lot on his hands and he might have to get the ball out quicker, so if we're sitting there taking our time which leads to him getting sacked then that's on us," says, receiver, Isaiah Hodgins. "Not every sack is on the quarterback or o-line, sometimes it's on the wideouts so we have to do our part and make sure that we're not to blame for anything."
OSU's running backs are also carrying on the burden of protecting their signal caller, senior back Artavis Pierce, said, "I feel like that's the main thing that helps with the quarterback to stay healthy. Like pass protect, make sure he doesn't get banged up, get blind-sided. So that's our main focus for this spring is to protect the quarterback."
The Beavers will work through this goal at their spring game on April 20th at Reser Stadium.