Speer to replace injured OG Perry for Oregon State
EL PASO, Texas -- Sophomore Adam Speer will replace All-Pac-10 guard Jeremy Perry on the Oregon State offensive line for Friday's Sun Bowl game in El Paso against Missouri.
Perry sprained his left knee in a 35-32 victory at No. 24 Hawaii on Dec. 2.
Speer has played in all 13 games but will be making his first career start.
"Speer played most of the game against USC so it's not like he hasn't been in games before,'' Beavers coach Mike Riley said. "He's got good experience and the guys trust him and work well with him.
"I'm not worried about his ability to be ready to play."
The Beavers (9-4) take a three-game winning streak into their game against Missouri (8-4), only the second meeting between the programs and first since 1956.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel noted Oregon State avoids mistakes on offense and leads its conference in turnover ratio and sacks.
"The other thing is they won a lot of close games," Pinkel said. "That certainly says a lot about the character of their team and the good job Mike has done."
Riley said his team's passion for the game has never been in doubt, even coming off a long layoff.
"One of the main things is really taking advantage of the opportunity to really be well-prepared, and then not getting stale so that you hit that game at the right surge," Riley said. "I think finding the balance is big."
That said, Riley believes his players have maximized practice time all year.
"I said that way back in spring practice and I said that when we were 2-3. These guys have good intentions, they work hard, and that's what got us here."
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