Corvallis, OR. -- The Pac-12 conference was not expecting this: for the Oregon State football team to being sitting at second place in the Pac-12 North after week eight of the college football season. However, after their 21-17 victory over the Cal Golden Bears, the Beavers are right behind the Oregon Ducks with five games remaining. Three more wins would make OSU bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.
The Beavers now enter the bye week, which allows players with nagging injuries to rest up before heading to Tucson to take on the Wildcats. One player who has fully recovered from a foot injury is wide receiver Trevon Bradford. However, after being sidelined for the first eight week of the season, Bradford has chosen to use his redshirt so he can return to OSU for one more complete go-around.
"I mean it's frustrating not being out there with my guys. But you know it's a learning experience for me,” said Bradford. “Having to miss a whole year messes with your [mentality]. So just being able to play in the last four games builds my confidence going into next year.”
With so many players around the country choosing to enter the NCAA transfer portal, Bradford had other plans for his college future.
“I definitely want to come back,” said Bradford. “This isn't the way I want to end my career here. I want to play more than four games. I'm looking forward to the future."
The Beavers’ offense will certainly enjoy Bradford’s presence on the perimeter during those four games.
Offensively, OSU was in sync against Cal and it’s something offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren hopes to build upon.
"We executed when we needed to. We had three successful drives against one of the best defenses in our conference, so there were some definite positives,” said Lindgren. “But, there were also opportunities that we left out there with some mistakes we made where we could have had more success. The key for us was taking care of the football and being efficient in the red zone, and we did that."
Beavers will play the Arizona Wildcats next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.