Block U: 1. Do you think going with two quarterbacks for the Utah game is a wise move by Mike Riley? Utah did something similar against the Bruins last year, going with Ratliff and Tommy Grady, and it turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. In fact, it seems more times than not that going with this setup leads to struggles as opposed to success. Does this concern you?
Block U: 2. With Sammie Stroughter most likely not playing, how does this change the Beaver offense? Will it be a major impact, or do they have receivers that can step in and fill his shoes?
So, the offense doesn't change. We've been without Sammie for long enough that it isn't a shock, and we should be good to go without him. We'll miss him though, especially as a returner. No wait, especially as a receiver. Nevermind, we'll just miss him.
Block U: 3. Oregon State had trouble defending the spread offense last year, giving up more than 30 points on average to Boise State, Oregon, Hawaii and Missouri. The Utes run a spread offense, so do you think they will have a tough time when it comes to stopping Utah's offense? Do you also think Oregon State's secondary will improve over last year's, which clearly struggled?
Our quarterbacks have even been commenting on the skill level of our defense, saying their excited to play Utah so they can see a new defense.
Block U: 4. Yvenson Bernard is an All-American candidate and is expected to have a great season. Yet last year Oregon State's rushing offense ranked 81st in the nation, even behind Utah. With such a great back like Bernard, are you concerned that maybe the Beavers running attack will be identical to last year?
Block U: 5. The Beavers had a great season in '06, but also had a ton of close calls. The general rule of percentages suggests that they won't get nearly as many breaks this year as they did last. Do you think they will replicate last year, or will they have one of those seasons where every close game goes the opponent's way (like Utah in 2005)?
Block U: 6. Finally, what's your prediction for the game?
I would like to thank Jake for the Q & A and I hope both our predictions for tomorrow's game are wrong.