Connor Hamlett Leading Offensive Shift for Oregon State Beavers in 2013

By Tyler Brett
Jaime Valdez – USA TODAY Sports

The Oregon State Beavers will be looking to make a run to the Pac 12 title in 2013, building on a wildly successful season a year ago. Head coach Mike Riley has turned this roster into a serious contender in the conference, but is looking for new wrinkles to add to his offensive attack to make the Beavers’ offense more prolific next fall. To do so, Oregon State could be looking to a conference foe and utilizing more multiple tight end formations, led by Connor Hamlett.

Hamlett finished third on the team last year with 403 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 32 receptions. He is in line to take on an even bigger role in the passing game next season as the Beavers look to replace the talents of Markus Wheaton and his team-leading 91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Brandin Cooks is in line to step up as the new No. 1 receiver, but Hamlett is in line to be the next best option in the passing game next fall. And he won’t be alone. Oregon State has four other viable options at tight end that are athletic enough to run good routes and make catches in the passing game while being strong enough to be a physical blocker in the run game.

That depth of talent will lead the Beavers to adopt an offensive philosophy similar to the defending Pac 12 champion Staford Cardinal by using multiple tight ends and H-backs in multiple sets and motions. By adopting the Stanford-style, Oregon State will be better able to utilize the talent on their roster to maximize matchup disadvantages.

Oregon State is looking to push their way to the top of the Pac 12 next season, and they’ll be led there by a slight change in philosophy towards more tight ends, led by the talents of Connor Hamlett. Will it be enough for the Beavers to come out on top in 2013?

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