18.Apr.2015 Anti-Riley Quotes

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I’d consider all of these quotes anti-Riley in some way, or at the least pro-Andersen (over Riley). A while back we were all working on compiling a list. Here you go. The players have been diplomatic and gone about it nicely. Below is a compilation of some quotes. There were more, but they were behind the pay wall. I’m sure there will be more in the future, so feel free to add what you find to the comment section.

I know. Nobody wants to talk about Riley, yada yada. I agree to some extent, but I doubt we’ll ever stop talking about him entirely until he retires. After seeing the spring game, it’s a good time to stamp the regime change and close that door once and for all. AB was right about everything. *Group Dopamine injection*

March 25th “That’s the biggest thing they’ve changed in the program: energy,” Grimble said. “There is no relaxing, taking days off, taking plays off. They don’t let one thing go by, whether it’s a meeting, lifting, a practice.”

The narrative from players is that Andersen is a must-needed rejuvenation for this team. Mike Riley – OSU’s coach of 14 years and the previous 12 – had three losing seasons in the previous five. The long-time coach departed for the head coaching job of Nebraska eight days ago. Andersen was hired Wednesday.

Safety Cyril Noland-Lewis said the team “could definitely use that spark,” and wide receiver Jordan Villamin said Wednesday that Andersen will bring more energy and fire to the team.

Grimble took notice of Andersen all the way back to his days as Utah’s defensive coordinator. Utah was Grimble’s first scholarship offer out of high school, and the Utes’ upset victory against Alabama in the 2008 Sugar Bowl caught his eye.

This is the first time in his career he will play for a defensive-oriented head coach. The Sugar Bowl performance impressed Grimble, but not as much as Andersen’s introductory press conference.

“This is probably the biggest bright spot we’ve had in a long time, at least for the time that I’ve been here,” he said. “I can’t speak for a lot of people, I’ve only been here for a year, but for the time that I’ve been here – no disrespect to Coach Riley, I love Coach Riley to death, he gave me another chance to come here and play football – but this is probably the brightest spot we’ve had in a long time. It’s something to look forward to. It gives the team a lot of energy and I think it’s something that’ll bring the team together.”

3/14/15: “It’s definitely different,” Del Rio said. “When you have a game environment, you sort of see who’s going to play well in the game. It’s different when they can’t touch you, or it’s seven-on-seven. But when the bullets are live, guys are coming to crush you, you have to take it as if it is a game.”

3/10/15: “Under previous coach Mike Riley, the first 30 minutes or so of practice were primarily dedicated to special teams work. Then, those specialists were essentially dismissed.

Under Andersen, the specialists are present for the entire practice and are asked to attempt kicks in between periods while surrounded by (sometimes heckling) teammates. Andersen called the work ‘as competitive as you can get in spring ball, (being asked to) kick it in front of your whole team. They’ve handled that well. It’s great to see them make some big kicks.’”

3/7/15: “I love these coaches already, man. They make practice fun. Every day we come out here. And if we get a pick, they’re running with us to the end zone. They just have so much energy. It makes playing football fun. Sometimes guys are so business oriented that it takes the fun away from the game. These coaches know that it’s fun first, and that brings good things with it.” — cornerback Larry Scott

3/6/15: “Ortiz impressed in fall camp last year and split reps with senior Tyler Anderson much of the season. Though he never took a carry, Ortiz emerged as a solid target for Sean Mannion. He recorded 12 catches for 90 yards in 2014.

This year, those numbers should increase significantly. The junior called Andersen’s playbook ‘a little easier to learn’ than Riley’s, which has allowed him to start nearing game-day speed in the first week of spring practice.”

2/10/15: “In all, the workout takes about an hour and 10 minutes to complete. But the tempo within that time frame is what Woods, a senior running back, cites as the biggest difference between this winter program and the ones under Riley’s staff.

‘It’s rigorous,’ Woods said. ‘It’s more like a cardio. We’re lifting heavy and lifting fast. With the runs, we’re competing. It’s way more competition with everything, as it should be … That’s how you get the best out of everybody, in my opinion.’”

4/14/15

Villamin: “We’re starting to play faster. It’s not as big of a playbook so I feel like we’re getting it better; we’re starting to play faster. I didn’t think anybody was that tired with the up-tempo offense, so I think we’re starting to get more in shape with it. When we get more in shape, we make more plays. I think we’re starting to get more comfortable and settle down. ”

What have you learned about Coach Andersen over this last month and change?

Villamin: “He’s a cool guy, but he doesn’t play no games. If he wants something done he’s gonna tell you he wants this done. If it doesn’t get done he’s gonna put somebody else in there. Right to the point; right down to business. I like him a lot. He likes to have fun, too. It’s not always business serious. We had a dance battle the other day; we have all this fun stuff. You want to get everything done, but if you get everything done we have some fun at the end.”

4/18/15

“Energy…our energy is on a whole different level.” — Larry Scott

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  • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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    first comment from previous thread. I’ll just leave this here

    comment from Jashwa James…………………

    “A lot of people were dinged up. I guess like five games in, the mood just shifted. Especially after we lost to Utah, it just like deflated us. Ever since then, I just knew this wasn’t going to be a good year. We weren’t going to right this ship. After that, I just felt like guys were just playing just to be out there. You know, we were just going through the motions. Because after a time, it just wears on you, you know? I don’t know, it was just bad.”

    http://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/index.ssf/2015/04/jaswha_james_oregon_state_beav.html

    • scotty says:
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      Going through the motions… Sounds like Riley actually

  • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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    I think I am seeing some wishing that Riley would get some kind of payback for what I see as kicking back on the cred he gained with a series of bowl appearances. I dont see that happening. If he were a nasty guy, it might, but he is a nice guy and that smooths over a lot. No, I dont forgive him for coasting. But you are never going to see much negative about him with the media.

    And…I wouldnt count on him doing something at Nebraska like have a losing season. That is a built program and can coast a bit if he indeed continues coasting. I cant see him finding his early career energy, so I figure he will win, mostly, but not hardly enough to satisfy the boosters and alums. So he will get replaced and that’s the end of that story.

    Of course, he might coast and fail bigtime (by N standards anyway) and get fired. But I predict our media will still give him a bye, and he will go down as the coach who got OSU out of the 28 yr thing.

    To me his bottom line is bailing on us twice…not “nice-guy” by any stretch. LOL @ him wondering about the players he left … you bailed on them, ahole, after swearing you wouldnt.

    • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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      ask Brenda Tracy how nice of a guy he is

      • mckalk says:
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        In reading all of these player comments, it seems to validate the point that Riley’s nice guy image was constructed, force feed and over-emphasized to everyone by the media because he was easy FOR THEM to deal with in their jobs.

        The players are implying that Riley and his coaching staff were a bunch of low energy geezers who the game has passed by, just like we’ve been trying to say and a perceptive media should have picked up on a few years back.

        I am so sick of the nice guy Riley bullshit…compared to who? Gary Andersen seems like a pretty good guy….is he not in Riley’s class because he doesn’t ride a bike? And with the Brenda Tracy case Riley obviously had the program’s “best interest” ahead of the crime that was committed.

        Riley nice guy is getting old, but I find it interesting that he snapped up the job at a program where he’s replacing one of the bigger perceived assholes in college football. With a program like Nebraska, Riley’s only going to be able leverage that image for so many games, he has to coach. Let’s see if he can do it three years from now.

        • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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          Riding a bike will give you an extra 5 awesome points. Try it.

  • D2 says:
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    Witnessed Mike Parker acting like a dick a couple times today. The guy needs to go to rehab.

    • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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      details?

    • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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      C’mon D2, this isn’t O-Live. It works better here if you describe his actions, give your opinion, and let the readers form theirs.

    • angry angry says:
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      That’s no surprise at all.

  • thatguy says:
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    Now I see why y’all blocked Nemec from the feed…OSU has a great spring game with some notable highlights, campus is crackin, sun is out in full force, Corvallis is looking excellent, the whole atmosphere is amazing and he like “yeah so it wasn’t that great…a couple recruits couldn’t make it”. We had at least 30 recruits come didn’t we? Obviously there would be some problems. Yes, I woulda liked Winston to be there. But otherwise, I’m not tripping too hard. Why highlight the lowlights?

    Anyway, it was a fun lil game we had, and gives the fans something to chew on for the next five months in anticipation of it all. It’s gonna be interesting as Collins figures to get the job as a true frosh.

  • locusimperium says:
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    i think the aggregated comments above make sense out of all of early season woes…

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    Which recruits didn’t make it?

    TIA

    • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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      I read Breeze and Winston decided to skip out. Not a huge surprise since theyre both very much Duck guys. Also, I want to say the kid who is a Boise St commit couldnt come for some reason unspecified. Not sure if there were 30 guys that came, and some were guys you would probably only see as walkons if they came, but turnout was pretty good. I sat behind Makai Manuwai and his family by chance. His dad looks like he could have been a lineman back in the day. Just a tough looking dude.

  • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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    Eugene Reg. Guard has a piece today on Collins. I didnt know that former Duck Akili Smih has been his offseason coach/mentor. Might help explain his poor passing skills.

    http://registerguard.com/rg/sports/32995140-81/theres-a-front-runner-in-this-qb-competition.html.csp

    • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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      Lol! while we’re at it, let’s get Vince Young and Jawalrus Russel to mentor him as well.

  • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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    no Gabe Clark in the lineup today. Finally. Off topic: Coming to a goodwill near you soon

    http://www.oregonlive.com/multimedia/index.ssf/2015/04/oregon_duck_fans_get_decked_ou.html#incart_m-rpt-1

  • cj cj says:
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    This thread sucks! Cya on the next one.

    • angry angry says:
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      Every comment I see of yours involves whining of some kind.

      • cj cj says:
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        I see… it’s OK for you to express an opinion but no one else.

        • cj cj says:
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          unless it agrees with you, it seems.

          • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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            correct. save your anti-cow comments for those other blogs. they’re not welcome here

          • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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            cj, one of the positives of this site is that people can disagree. I’ve disagreed with angry and others on several topics, and I’ve never felt like it was discouraged or shut down. It does help to make sure your argument is at least semi-intelligent, though.

        • angry angry says:
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          Show me where I say you can’t express an opinion. Once you do that, I will get back to you and address any other concerns.

          #strawman

    • orangejulius orangejulius says:
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      Was this comment made to make this thread better? What was the point? To say ‘look at me’?

      • Jim says:
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        To be fair, “look at me” is kinda the point of this whole post.

  • angry angry says:
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    Storm Woods could be a coach one day. The way he talks about Chris Brown implies what we all said: that Riley should have given him touches.

  • scotty says:
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    Oh what I would give to sneak a peek at Rile E’s complex Acme Playbook

  • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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    Hawaiian 4* O-lineman Michael Elitise visited OSU, UO and UW. Saw a story on scout with his impressions of each school. I think we’ve got this based on what he said…

    At Oregon State, Eletise was amazed by what he saw on campus, but it was the drive into Corvallis that first caught his eye.“I haven’t seen a cow in a long time,” he said. “I was super excited about that and everybody was probably looking at my like I was stupid, but honestly I was like, ‘Wow, they have cows!’”

    orrr…..maybe not….

    • angry angry says:
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      Cows are awesome. End of story.

      • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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        a recruiting angle maybe we should be pushing more. who needs an airport?

        • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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          that’s what we need to replace crank it like a chainsaw and randy the logger with. A cow mascot!

          Cause really we just need to give duck fan more ammunition

      • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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        they’re awesome to grill up and eat

    • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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      Story seems like a lot of bull to me.

    • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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      Cows are great as long as you’re up wind from them. If you know what I mean…. 🙂

  • GOBeavers GOBeavers says:
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    What’s with the David Moore retweets? I thought he was off the board for us?

    Is there some reason to believe he’s still potentially coming here despite not ever coming in for a visit and the coaches dropping contact..?

    • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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      i know it’s not likely, but recently he was still sporting OSU gear at one of his qb camps. couple that with Del Rio leaving I figure it’s still something worth following.
      Saw Utah offered him this week, so the quality of his offers is increasing.

      • angry angry says:
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        He’ll probably be a 4-star by February. People seem really concerned his offer sheet and ratings aren’t fantastic…

        Keep in mind Seth Collins best offer was San Jose St and he was a 2-star. If we can get Moore it would be big. Also, Davy Moore has almost the exact rating (3 star, 5.5) as Johnny Manziel had (3 star, 5.7)… for some perspective. The scouting services and recruiting budgets simply aren’t large enough to accurately scout each player, and then there’s bias (size is a big one), intangibles, etc.

        I don’t know if Moore would pan out at OSU, but I do know he can run and throw well.

        • GOBeavers GOBeavers says:
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          Mariota was that same rating as well.

          The thing is there are 1000+ 3 star guys, so odds are some of them will turn out to be underrated great players. The hard part is to find the undervalued guys.

      • GOBeavers GOBeavers says:
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        That’s what I figured it was. I was hoping there had been rumblings that the coaches had reestablished contact or something.

  • thedude says:
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    sounds like Gavin Andrews may have broken his foot in the Spring game.

    • alex says:
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      Ugh…Seumalo all over again. Is that being reported, or did you get that from someone inside the program?

      • thedude says:
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        only online rumor. staff doesnt comment on injuries. i did see an ambulance leaving the area at the end of the game yesterday though. and he was carted off the field during the 2nd half.

        • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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          Unbelievable. So much for the line continuity.

          • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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            That great O line class from a few years back has been decimated with injuries. Luck O the Beavs.

  • Jim says:
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    Yeah, but now that he’s gone, we won’t be able to call ourselves Backup Quarterback U anymore. Think about it, who is going to be the NFL pipeline for future clipboard holders with 3.5 years of prep in a “pro system”, at the expense of the season ticket holders.

  • calibeav says:
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    How weak was our team before? GA calls out our lack of team strength 4-5 times in every interview

    • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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      probably a little of that is making sure the guys know theyre on their own workout wise for awhile now, and they better not being sitting on their asses or taking it easy since the coaches wont be there to push them. good to have a goal during this period so there wont be a huge dropoff between now and fall camp.

  • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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    Anybody know if a full video of the spring game exists anywhere? can’t find one, and I barely got to watch it live since I was with my squirmy kid at the game.

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      PAC12 Network is replaying lots of the spring games. Next replay of the Beavs is at 5:00 today. Not sure if you have PAC12 or not. JB

      • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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        cool, thx jb. wish they had it on demand. i can get pac12 but dont have a dvr right now

  • calibeav says:
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    Yea I was hoping that its mostly rhetoric. GA would seem to have you believe these guys never lifted a weight in their lives before he showed up.

  • progressivebeav progressivebeav says:
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    Did Haskins get any carries? How did he look?

    • TJOSU says:
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      yes he got some carries. he looks like he can bench press a jersey barrier.

    • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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      He looked pretty good. We should have three pretty good RB’s as long as they stay healthy.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Straight from our gal Lindsay, quoting Cyril N-L. Is it anti-Riley? I think so, if ENERGY HELPS THE TEAM, he sure didn’t.

    “First word I remember coach A using when he stepped on campus was ‘aggressive,’” …“It was exciting to get physical, knock a little rust off before the next off-season phase. We definitely wanted to touch the offense a few times (the last couple years), get to pick on them a little bit. Big hits bring the energy, and energy helps the team.”

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