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New year, different defense? (3/12/19)

Defensive improvement is a point of emphasis for Oregon State leading up to next season.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2019 9:13 PM

Corvallis, OR. -- The Oregon State football program is in the beginning stages of spring practices. Spring ball is a time period for football teams to regroup, reevaluate and reload for the new year. And with a 2-10 record last season, the Beavers have a lot of areas to address, specifically on the defensive side of the ball.

In 2018, OSU was ranked 128th in the country in total defense, the second worst in all of college football. The Beavers allowed 76 offensive touchdowns and let up an average of 536.8 yards per game. But now with a healthy depth chart and a few new faces, Oregon State defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar feels a shift in performance.

"We've got a lot more in the playbook already. Whereas last year we were slowly piecemealing it out,” said Tibesar. “This year we're trying to load it up front and then we'll be able to slow it down on the back end because so many of the guys with the first and second group have heard it all before."

The defensive players are enjoying the energy in spring ball so far.

"You look at the guys that just transferred over, big guys who enjoy contact. I think that helps a lot. I enjoy it,” said Nebraska transfer Avery Roberts. “I love being here. It's very exciting. Just looking forward to playing more ball and getting into the season."

Oregon State will play its spring game April 20th.

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