Kristick to play final game at Reser
CORVALLIS — Oregon State senior outside linebacker Keaton Kristick will treat Saturday's game against Washington like it's any other game — but deep inside he'll know the difference.
Kristick, a senior, will be playing his final time at Reser Stadium.
"I'm going to prepare for it like a normal game, but at the same time, deep down inside I know it's my last game here, and I'm going to make the most of it," he said. "I'm sure you'll see me running around, you know more so than in the past ... a little wild, I'm sure."
Kristick is one of the true leaders of the Beavers and one of the best ambassadors that Oregon State has among its student athletes.
Early Monday morning, he joined coach Mike Riley and tailback Jacquizz Rodgers in passing out doughnuts to students waiting in line for tickets to the game against the Huskies.
Kristick is a co-captain of the Beavers (6-3, 4-2 Pac-10), who are still in the thick of a tight conference race with three games remaining.
He has 70 tackles this season, ranking him third in the Pac-10 Conference. He has made 22 straight career starts.
Should the Beavers earn an invitation to a bowl game (they're already bowl eligible), Kristick will have been to the post season in each of his four years at Oregon State.
Riley has nothing but praise for Kristick, who is widely expected to continue playing in the NFL.
"Keaton's development is due to Keaton Kristick. He is the type of guy who you just need to show him where the weight room is, and he is going to do well. You show him the classroom, he is going to do well. You show him the film room, and he will study the stuff," Riley said.
"Our coaches have enhanced his ability to put himself into the position to make the plays because he is a playmaker. He can run, slash to the ball, a great hitter and also has the love and passion for the game," he added. "I look at him as a great example of a Beaver football player."
KEEPING UP WITH QUIZZ: Jacquizz Rodgers seems to be making a strong case for a repeat conference player of the year award.
The 5-foot-7 sophomore running back was the first freshman to win the honor when he was the Pac-10's offensive POY last year.
Quizz, as he is known, ranks third in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally with an average 109.89 rushing yards per game. He also ranks third in the conference with an average of 154.44 all-purpose yards per game (older brother James is first at 179.89).
In all, Quizz has rushed for 989 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has caught 58 passes for 401 yards and another score.
And he has demonstrated versatility — he has even thrown a TD pass.
Quizz could face stiff competition among the league's other leading running backs. Toby Gerhart is the second-best running back in the country, averaging 135.22 yards a game. Oregon redshirt freshman LaMichael James, who has been compared to Rodgers, has 115.89 yards a game.
EXTRA POINTS: Washington has a 57-32-4 advantage in the all-time series against the Beavers, including a dominating stretch from 1975 to 2003 when the Huskies went 25-2. Since then, the Beavers have won five straight, including last season's 34-13 victory at Husky Stadium.