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Depth helping OSU defense in spring ball

The Beavers were the second-worst defense in college football last season.

Posted: Apr. 11, 2019 3:20 PM

Corvallis, OR -- When asked about injuries Oregon State secondary coach Blue Adams said, "next man up." 

Last spring the Beavers didn't even have that option. 

"We only had six healthy bodies all of last spring ball," OSU defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar said. "We could barely practice last year. At least we're able to get through full practices without having to take coaching breaks just to let the secondary a chance to catch their breath."

While the Beavers still have injuries it's not nearly as bad this season. That's due to the depth added by newcomers and transfers.

"The depth is good. Just getting us to play at a higher level," Adams said. "That's where the challenge is. It's just getting guys to keep going when tired, keep going when it's frustrating, keep going. That's how you get better. Just keep going. Just keep getting better on a day in, day out basis."

Oregon State had the second-worst defense in all of college football last season. The Beavers gave allowed 536.8 yards per game and 76 touchdowns last season. 

The Beavers will hold their spring game on April 20 at Reser Stadium. 

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