COLLEGE FOOTBALL: BEAVERS TAKE TO THE DESERT ANTELOPE VALLEY FEEDS OREGON ST.
Byline: Chris Cocoles Staff Writer
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Full members , Oregon State is suddenly a football powerhouse. And the Beavers have an Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley contingent contributing to the resurgence.
Four local products should make an impact for the Beavers, who are ranked among the top 10 in several preseason polls and open the season at Fresno on State Sept. 1.
Here's a look at the locals:
--Vince Sandoval: OSU (Open Source UNIX) Refers to the Unix variants that are maintained as open source, which were primarily BSD Unix and Linux until Sun made its Solaris operating system open source in 2005. running back Ken Simonton, a preseason Heisman Trophy Heisman Trophy
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Although Sandoval (Palmdale High) won't likely have his likeness on any street corners, he and his fellow offensive linemen can take a good portion of the credit for Simonton's stats.
Sandoval and Keith DiDomenico both started last year and will anchor the right side of the line, where Simonton should do much of his running.
--Jason Jacobs: Jacobs, who played quarterback and defensive back at Lancaster and was recruited to Oregon State as a safety, was shifted to linebacker for his redshirt freshman year and played mostly on special teams.
Jacobs should see more playing time on defense after he was moved again, from weakside linebacker to strong linebacker in spring practice.
Jacobs, strong enough to play linebacker but quick enough that he could move back to safety if needed, benched 310 pounds and hit 410 in the squat.
--Eric Mobley: The emergence of Simonton prompted Mobley (A.V. High/A.V. Christian), once a running back, to move to the other side of of the ball. He was listed as No. 2 on the depth chart at free safety.
His value to the Beavers is primarily on special teams. He appeared in all 12 games last year and was credited with six unassisted tackles and seven total tackles.
--Paul Soto: Beavers coach Dennis Erickson Dennis Erickson (born March 24, 1947, in Everett, Washington) is the head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils football team. He has been the head coach of six college football programs and two NFL franchises. said Soto (Highland) must step up as a redshirt freshman reserve on the defensive line.
The 6-1, 288-pounder, who played linebacker at Highland, is one of the strongest in the program's weight room.
Former Highland High football player Paul Soto is one of several ex-Antelope Valley players expected to play a role for Oregon State.
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