Woods and company ready to gain ground in 2013

CORVALLIS, OR - The Beavers lost running back Malcom Agnew when he transferred out of the program and to Southern Illinois after last season. However, the cupboard isn't bare at tailback for Oregon State.

Storm Woods, the leading rusher from a year ago, returns for his sophomore season in Corvallis.

Woods gained 940 yards as a freshman in 2012. Behind him is junior Terron Ward, who rushed for 415 yards last year, and redshirt freshman Chris Brown. Both could be called upon to provide a spark to the run game.

"I've seen some really good stuff from all three of them," said head coach Mike Riley. "I kind of have a good idea about Storm and Terron. I'm really interested in continuing to watch Chris Brown."

Brown was a Rivals three-star athlete, rated as the number 21 running back in the nation out of San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, California.

"Chris Brown, he's learning right now, but I know he's going to be a great player," said Woods. "You can see little spurts in him when he gets stuff right; speed, strong, good up the field moves. He's going to be a great player here."

"This is a good group," said Ward. "I feel like our group is a big part of the offense. As good as we do and as good as our blocking does, I feel like it's going to be a big part of the offense. Going through the season, the load is going to be handed to us a lot."

Don't forget about wide-out Brandin Cooks who could also help out in the run game running fly sweeps and end arounds. Cooks told KVAL Sports that he loves running fly sweeps because he's guaranteed to get the football.

Cooks ran the ball 19 times for 82 yards in 2012.