While you were on vacation ... Oregon State

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The fifth of 10 quick updates on offseason Pac-10 goings on.

Oregon State in a sentence

  • After finishing the past three seasons ranked in the nation's Top 25, the Beavers have earned the benefit of the doubt, even with only 11 returning starters: this team will finish in the top half of the conference.

The big issue

  • Only three starters return from a crew that ranked second in the conference in total defense last fall, but the biggest challenge for the Beavers' high-pressure scheme is replacing cornerbacks Keenan Lewis and Brandon Hughes, who were both NFL draft choices.

Quick hit news

  • Quarterback Lyle Moevao, running back Jacquizz Rodgers and receiver James Rodgers each had offseason shoulder surgery. They are expected to be ready to go when camp begins, but each figures to be protected to some extent by cautious coach Mike Riley.

  • Offensive tackle Timi Oshinowo is out and running back Ryan McCants doubtful for preseason camp because they are still recovering from knee injuries. Oshinowo was the projected starter at right tackle, while McCants is Jacquizz Rodgers' top backup.

  • Offensive lineman Mike Remmers and punter Johnny Hekker, who are both likely to start this season, are no longer walk-ons, as both were recently awarded scholarships.

  • Former linebackers coach Robin Ross returns to Corvallis as an offensive graduate assistant. Ross had been the head coach at Western Washington, which dropped football.

  • Bruce Read returns for his third tour as the special teams coach. His previous stays included the 1997-98 and 2004-06 seasons. Read has coached special teams in the NFL for three teams, including last year with the Dallas Cowboys.