Beavers trying to increase their 'want to'

Offseason workout videos are the best. Intense music, tons of running and plenty of pushing and pulling of heavy objects. Oregon State is one of the latest to release its off season training video and like all of the others before it, it's inspiring.

No doubt, these videos are meant to get the heart racing and rally the fanbase.

But if the efforts on screen aren't duplicated on the field, what's the point? That's the idea that Bryan Miller, OSU's sports performance center director, is trying to drive home with the Beavers' offseason training regimen.

“The emphasis of this offseason was to improve the team's 'want to,'" Miller said. "'Want to' refers to the individual's preconceived internal desire to maximize and apply effort to everything they are doing. You have to want to get better, you have to want to be faster, you have to want to overcome an injury, you have to want to eat and recover properly, etc."

Injuries played a big part in Oregon State's disappointing 3-9 record last season. Projected starters at the beginning of the season missed a combined 59 games. There were 14 starters who missed time to injury last season. That led to the Beavers playing 10 true freshmen and 23 first-time starters.

So the Beavers are hitting it hit hard to avoid injuries, recover from injuries and make sure the playing time gained from the youngsters last year (which included 23 freshmen total, true and redshirt) isn't all for naught.

"It’s easy to say that training or playing football is all about effort," Miller said. "In my opinion you have to peel away the many layers and factors that create and influence effort; and that begins with an individual’s 'want to.' Simply put, the team was challenged every day to be on a relentless pursuit of increasing their 'want to.' You have that approach every day and mix in a highly competitive training environment and you hope that it carries over onto the football field.”