Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/29/13
At this time last year, things looked quite bleak for Oregon State football fans. With a record of 3-9, OSU had just come off of its worst losing season since 1996. With two straight losing seasons looming large, Mike Riley’s job came into serious question by many fans. Despite gathering one of the strongest recruiting classes to date, they received little to no attention on a national scale, let alone in the Pac-12. With an extremely youthful roster, there was not much to expect. Even the most optimistic of Oregon State fans did not expect a turnaround of such epic proportions. There is not one simple answer to this rise from mediocrity, rather many important factors, such as: The arrival of Isaac Seumalo, a core of young Beavers, and the personnel under Mike Riley. Leading the 2012 OSU recruiting class, Isaac Seumalo was thrown into the fire. Considering the poor play of the Beavers offensive line the previous two years, the OSU coaching staff was left with little choice. Se...
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