CORVALLIS, Ore.-- The Beavers begin fall camp in less than two weeks and with 17-starters returning, there is a lot of hope in Corvallis.
But after going 3-9 last year, there isn't much optimism anywhere else. On Tuesday, the media picked Oregon State to finish last in the Pac-12 North.
"That's typical, we get that all the time," said senior wide receiver Markus Wheaton. "I don't feel like we get too much respect around here. It's just time to prove them wrong."
"We obviously heard it," said sophomore running back Malcolm Agnew. "It's kind of inevitable that you here something like that. We're just going to use it as motivation to keep working hard and win the Pac-12 North."
With freshman playing in many positions last season, many of the Beavers problems could have been blamed simply on inexperience. But heading into camp this year, that group of young guys now have a wealth of knowledge under their belt.
"Everyone has been here this summer," said starting quarterback Sean Mannion. "We've had invaluable time together on our own. I think that's going to really show next year. I think guys are just getting more and more comfortable."
"I feel a lot better going into the season just knowing most of the players already," said Agnew. "Just knowing I played in a game, I can do this, and just concentrate more on making plays instead of making sure I know what to do."
"We know what we have to do," said defensive end Dylan Wynn. "We know what we did wrong last year. The expectations are very high, as they should be for this class."
The Beavers begin the season at home on September 1st against Nicholls State.