The Oregon State Beavers were a surprise success story in the Pac 12 last season and they’re looking to repeat that success in 2013. While there are plenty of questions for head coach Mike Riley to iron out at defensive tackle and quarterback, he can be sure that his pass rush will be in good hands next fall with defensive end Scott Crichton. Will the junior pass rusher continue his rise towards the college football elite next season?
Crichton has been a force since arriving in Corvallis and has only gotten better. He has led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in both of his seasons as a starter, recording six sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in his freshman year and improving to nine sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss in 2012. He has become a constant presence in opponents’ backfields as he continues to develop and refine his pass rush technique.
But while he learns new tricks to give him an edge, the thing sets Crichton apart is his unstoppable motor. The junior is effort personified off the edge and is always in full-speed attack mode, chasing down plays no matter where they may be. That motor has served him well as he has picked up tricks to become a more efficient and savvy pass rusher, and will continue to be a difference-maker in his game next season and beyond.
Oregon State isn’t going to be sneaking up on anybody next season and after two productive seasons harassing quarterbacks, neither will Crichton. But the end has the skill and drive to continue to improve his production off the edge and be a difference maker in the Beavers’ defense. Will he break through as one of the best defensive ends in the country next fall?