Eugene, Ore. -- Oregon State's offense continues to improve after a first scrimmage in Corvallis that belonged to the defense. There still isn't a ton of separation between quarterbacks Sam Noyer and Tristan Gebbia but that could change as camp rolls on. Meanwhile down in Eugene, the Duck defense has enjoyed similar success after a scrimmage of their own in which that unit shined. You can find post practice interviews from OSU quarterback Sam Noyer, Oregon defensive coordinator Tim Deruyter and defensive end Bradyn Swinson.
While someone like Kayvon Thibodeaux will garner the headlines and major interview questions this year, Bradyn Swinson has become something of a protege and another name to watch on this defense. The edge rusher from Georgia dropped a substantial amount of weight and spent the summer doing skills work with Thibodeaux and now transferred linebacker Mase Funa. But Swinson's versatility is what makes him an exciting player to watch heading into the season.
"Bradyn's right there," explained Deruyter. "Where we're always trying to develop depth where there's not much of a drop off from our one's to our two's to our three's and he's battling to be a starter for us so to have that competition is gonna keep everyone."
"I feel very comfortable because my coaching staff they put me in a spot where I can feel comfortable in everything I do," Swinson followed up." And they put me in a great spot where I can learn my ability since I've recently cut down my weight. I feel good at what I'm doing and I'll do whatever they need me to do. Wherever they need me to be I'm there."
The quarterback battle isn't over in Corvallis by a long shot. Sam Noyer and Tristan Gebbia continue to grind out reps, splitting between ones and twos, for a shot to be the man under center against Purdue in Week 1. Noyer discussed with the media on Wednesday some of the recruiting process that brought him to Oregon State after entering his name in the transfer portal. After an all-conference season with the Colorado Buffaloes, Noyer had some familiarity with Brian Lindgren's system and of course with the state of Oregon itself. But playing closer to home was always a goal of his when he transferred. So the chance to come to Corvallis was one he couldn't turn down.
"You know I knew guys on the team. I knew what they were building here and I wanted to be apart of it," said Noyer. "So obviously being close to home is nice but at the end it was about what was the best opportunity for me and my future. I felt like I could step in. As long as I got the opportunity to compete, which i'm doing right now, is all I wanted."