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Beavers want fast start to season

After some rough beginnings in recent years, the Oregon State football team is looking for a fast start to the season.

Last year, the Beavers lost to Eastern Washington in the season opener and could have cost OSU a bowl bid after a 6-6 regular season.

In 2011, the Beavers lost to Sacramento State and then proceeded to lose the next three on the way to a 3-9 record.

The Beavers face Portland State on Saturday to open the season.

“It’s always really, really important to win and the first thing we have to do to take care of that is to be ready to play and play well,” coach Mike Riley said.

“The game is always about us being ready to play, executing, making plays. So just that readiness is the key and then going out and doing it is the final stamp.”

Receivers ready?

Brandin Cooks is gone and the Beavers are very young at receiver.

Riley said the Beavers have to prove that they are game-ready at the position.

“I could announce that we’re going to be fine, but we have to make it happen and the guys have to make plays, so it has to look good that way,” Riley said.

“They’ve practiced well and it looks like it could work, so we have to make it work in the game.”

Going into game week

The Beavers are deep into their first game week of the season and Riley said there been a good spirit about it among the players.

“The scout teams, we prepped them pretty well last week and they’re pretty much in tune with it,” he said.

“So I think all that’s been good.”

Seumalo update

Isaac Seumalo had his left foot evaluated on Tuesday to see how it’s coming along in the healing process.

“It went fine,” Riley said. “They’re going to a little more checking. There’s one more test, but everything he did (Tuesday) was fine.”

Seumalo injured the foot at the end of last season but had to undergo a second surgery and has been out for the fall. He is not expected to be able to return until after the bye week.

Peko watch

The Beavers are still waiting on word of defensive tackle Kyle Peko’s game eligibility.

Riley said there was nothing final on Wednesday.

“Obviously we’re hoping to get it before 1 o’clock on Saturday,” he said. “But right now it’s just status quo.”