CORVALLIS, Ore. -- . It's been a busy week for Oregon State football.
Players learned the starters and team depth chart on Friday in position meetings. On Saturday, they began to prepare for their first game against Washington State. And then on Tuesday, all players had the day off from practice to exercise their right to vote.
With their first game of the 2020 season just three days away, the Beavs are anxiously awaiting their return to game day.
"I'm really excited to be able to get back out on the field with my guys," said Omar Speights.
Speights returns to Oregon State's linebacker corps after a standout season as true freshman in 2019. He played in all 12 games, making six starts. He finished the season second the team with 73 tackles.
Having endured such an unusual and extended offseason, Speights says he and his teammates feel prepared to play.
"We've been putting in work for a long time so I think it's time to go," he said.
Speights and the rest of Oregon State's defense are getting ready to go up against Washington State's true freshman quarterback Jayden de Laura. OSU defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar says they have to evaluate de Laura through his high school football since this will be his first collegiate start.
The Beavs expect new WSU head coach Nick Rolovich to implement the run-and-shoot offense, compared to former head coach Mike Leach's Air Raid system.
Washington State beat Oregon State 54-53 when they met in 2019. The Cougars have won six consecutive games in the series.