Summer is here, and that means we're starved for the return of football. Unfortunately, the entire month of July still stands between us and the opening of training camp, so for the time being, we'll have to reminisce to get our fix.
For this series, we're reaching back to the year 2000. Our goal is to find the best lineup combination for each program using only players from this century. Despite the Beavers' lackluster recent history, the 2000s have seen quite a few big names come through the Oregon State football program, and a few of the positions were tough to pare down.
QB Sean Mannion: Mannion owns more major records than other player in Oregon State football history. His marks for passing yards in a season (4,662), touchdowns in a season (37) and career passing yards (13,600) likely won’t fall anytime soon, so Mannion should feel pretty safe as the quarterback of the 21st century for quite a while.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers: He was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 after rushing for 1,184 yards and 14 touchdowns. He tallied three 1,000-yard rushing seasons in Corvallis, including three of the top 11 rushing seasons in program history.
RB Steven Jackson: Jackson holds two of the top three rushing seasons in school history, rushing for 1,690 yards in 2002 and 1,545 yards in 2003. During both seasons he toted the ball 300-plus times -- no other Beaver running back has ever crossed the 300-carry threshold even once.
OL Andy Levitre: Levitre started every game of his junior and senior seasons, and helped lead the way for Rodgers.
OL Roy Schuening: The guard holds the school record for the most career starts (50), and was an all-conference first-team pick following his senior season.
OL Chris Gibson: Gibson made up for his smaller size with his quickness, and was a steady force on the offensive line during his junior and senior seasons in the early 2000s.
OL Jeremy Perry: Perry’s career was riddled with injuries, but he still put together an impressive resume through the mid-2000s, aiding Yvenson Bernard's 1000-yard seasons.
OT Isaac Seumalo: Seumalo is the player on this list who has most recently suited up for the Beavers, and his versatility on the line makes him a good pick for this team. He started games at every position except left guard.
TE Joe Newton: Four Oregon State tight ends have tallied 1,000-yard receiving seasons during the 2000s, but none had as many touchdowns (15) as Newton.
WR Brandin Cooks: No other Oregon State wide receiver has come close to Cooks’ 128-reception 2013 season (and it’s likely none will in the near/distant future). Cooks’ 24 career touchdowns stand as a program-best, and his 226 career receptions were one shy of tying the school record.
WR Mike Hass: Hass owns two of the top three receiving seasons in program history -- 1,532 yards in 2005 and 1,379 yards in 2004. His nine 100-yard receiving games in a single season is more than any other Oregon State receiver, and he and Cooks are the only two Beavers with two 200-yard receiving games.
DE Bill Swancutt: In 2004 he became the first Oregon State player to be named the Pac-10’s offensive or defensive player of the year. He registered three consecutive 11.5-sack seasons from 2002-04, and owns the school's career record tackles for a loss (59.5).
DT Stephen Paea: He was named the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, and became the first Beaver to be an AP First Team All-American since 1967. He finished second on the school's career list for fumbles caused (nine) and 10th in tackles for a loss (29.5).
DT Dwan Edwards: Edwards was a big, 300-pound force on the Oregon State defensive line. He finished his career with 30 tackles for a loss, the most for any defensive tackle in school history.
DE Victor Butler: He holds the single-season records for tackles for a loss (21.5) and sacks (12), and ranks fifth in career tackles for a loss (39.5). No Pac-12 quarterback would want to face Swancutt and Butler -- during their primes -- on the same team.
LB Richard Seigler: His 49 starts is the second-most of any Beaver in program history, and he owns the record for the most tackles for a loss in a single game (7.0). Seigler is fourth all-time for career tackles (356) and the highest of any player in the 21st century.
LB Nick Barnett: He was named to the all-conference first team in 2002 after putting together a 121-tackle, 20.5-tackle for a loss season. That 121-tackle mark still stands as the ninth-best all time, and the 20.5 tackles for a loss is the fourth-best all time.
LB Derrick Doggett: Doggett was a very versatile player for the Beavers. He’s one of three Beavers to return three interceptions for touchdowns (and the only non-defensive back). His 32 career tackles for a loss rank seventh in school history.
CB Jordan Poyer: Poyer picked off opponents 13 times during his Oregon State career, and joins Doggett as a player who has returned three interceptions for touchdowns. His 243 interception return yards is a school record.
CB Dennis Weatherby: The two-time all-conference first-team player started 45 games for Oregon State, and owns the program record for career pass breakups (62).
S Mitch Meeuwsen: He started 40 games for the Beavers from 2001 to 2004, and finished his career with a school-best 20 interceptions.
S Sabby Piscitelli: Piscitelli tallied 15 interceptions (second-best all time), and finished his Beavers career as an all-conference first-team pick.