Live chat: Oregon State plays at Stanford in a matchup of top-25 teams; John Hunt takes yo
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The Oregonian: 
Hello and welcome. We're waiting for John to grace us with his presence. Meantime, get your questions ready.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 1:58 The Oregonian
1:58
John Hunt: 
You're graced.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 1:58 John Hunt
1:59
The Oregonian: 
Bring on the questions. ... I know you're out there.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 1:59 The Oregonian
1:59
The Oregonian: 
Meantime, John, what's up with the Beavers?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 1:59 The Oregonian
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John Hunt: 
The Beavers? They're 7-1 and headed to Stanford, where the Cardinal have lost once since 2009.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:00 John Hunt
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The Oregonian: 
Do they have a shot?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:00 The Oregonian
2:00
John Hunt: 
...or Cardinal has...always mess that up.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:00 John Hunt
2:01
The Oregonian: 
When do we quibble about stuff like that here? Never.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:01 The Oregonian
2:01
John Hunt: 
According to most Beaver fans I've talked to, this should be an easy victory. But seriously, they do have a shot, mainly because Stanford is playing a very inexperienced quarterback. Granted, Cody Vaz isn't exactly grizzled.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:01 John Hunt
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The Oregonian: 
Is the Stanford D-line tall? Will we see Vaz' passes batted down much?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:01 The Oregonian
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John Hunt: 
Not as tall as, say, BYU, but plenty big. Beavers need to establish some sort of run against the No. 1 rush defense in the nation.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:02 John Hunt
2:02
The Oregonian: 
(And those of you lurking, feel free to ask questions)
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:02 The Oregonian
2:02
The Oregonian: 
Will Storm Woods be ready? Running back by committee?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:02 The Oregonian
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John Hunt: 
The Beavers are getting better at moving Vaz around to minimize that bat-down thing, too.
Storm should be ready, but he's a little iffy - right now, he's always a good hit away from being pretty hobbled.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:03 John Hunt
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
We hear about how good the Stanford D is, but they gave up 48 to Arizona. Can OSU move the ball on this D?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:03 Guest
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John Hunt: 
Arizona was clicking, and their tempo was so fast. Stanford couldn't deal with it. The Beavers, even though they don't no-huddle, can be pretty quick, and you might see them try to push the tempo, too.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:04 John Hunt
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[Comment From CrayCray: ] 
John, who in your opinion should be the starting QB for OSU?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:04 Cray
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John Hunt: 
It's hard. I think Mannion has the better upside, but he's out of sync. Can he get back into sync if he's not playing? Probably not. So it's hard, but you have to agree with Mike Riley's decision to play the QB who's playing best right now - you owe it to your team to play the guy you think gives you the best chance to win.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:06 John Hunt
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What's the threshold for Sean Mannion getting a shot again? Would it take a bad half? Bad game? I still say OSU's offense is better with Mannion in. He was lights out against Arizona.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:06 Guest
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John Hunt: 
I agree. But Riley is at the point where, if Vaz struggles and he puts in Mannion, what if Mannion struggles, too? What then? Any more shuffling could be pretty harmful. I think he has to go with Vaz unless he throws a couple of bad picks.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:07 John Hunt
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Do you think Poyer will be 100% by Saturday?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:07 Guest
2:08
John Hunt: 
Not 100 percent. Probably 75 or so. That's still pretty good.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:08 John Hunt
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Terron Ward or Storm Woods at RB? Ward looked awfully good last week...
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:08 Guest
2:08
John Hunt: 
He did look good, didn't he? I watched the game again, and Ward really did help out quite a bit in pass protection, too. You'll see Ward get carries Saturday, but Woods will most likely get more.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:08 John Hunt
2:09
The Oregonian: 
More questions? Or will this be The. Shortest. Chat. Ever?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:09 The Oregonian
2:09
John Hunt: 
Wow, I get off easy this week.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:09 John Hunt
2:09
The Oregonian: 
So far. In the Ducks chat, a guy kept trying to sneak in a photo of a naked guy.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:09 The Oregonian
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[Comment From CjCj: ] 
How do you see our db's matching up with furds big tightends?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:09 Cj
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John Hunt: 
Ah, those crazy Duck fans. ... Those tight ends are huge - 6-6 and 6-8. They just have to hit 'em low and make 'em fall hard. They are weapons, though.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:10 John Hunt
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Where was Richard Mullaney last week? Don't recall seeing him much. He deserved to get in some more against ASU, given his play at UW
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:11 Guest
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John Hunt: 
He backs up Wheaton at split end, so he did not get many reps. It's a little like Woods/Ward, but the running back will need to be spelled more than Wheaton would. Ideally, Mullaney would be able to be plugged in at the other WR spots, but he can't now.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:12 John Hunt
2:12
The Oregonian: 
Two more ways to ask about Mannion. ...
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:12 The Oregonian
2:12
[Comment From RFRF: ] 
when do you think we will see Mannion again?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:12 RF
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[Comment From CrayCray: ] 
Well, I would like John to answer his opinion on who should start at QB. We know what Riley thinks.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:12 Cray
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John Hunt: 
I thought I answered that: I'd go with Vaz right now, too - not because I think Vaz is better than Mannion, because you kind of have to at this point. Hard to say when Mannion will reappear, but it will take injury or ineffectiveness by Vaz.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:14 John Hunt
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[Comment From JBJB: ] 
Why do you think Agnew isn't playing more?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:14 JB
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John Hunt: 
Ball security, pass catching and pass protection - he's not as good as Ward in those areas, although he's nice to give the ball to and let him bang it in there and maybe break one.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:15 John Hunt
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Why does Trevor Romaine hit 40+ yard field goals, but seem to miss one PAT, or a short chip-shot field goal, every couple of games. One of those misses is really going to cost OSU, especially in these tight games...
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:15 Guest
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John Hunt: 
It's funny. Did you know he's easy the best FG kicker, percentage-wise in the Pac-12 this year? It is surprising because he has his shaky moments. I think you're seeing better holds these days, and the long snapper, Morovick, is playing very well.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:16 John Hunt
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[Comment From CjCj: ] 
Do you see us committing to the run like we did successfully last week? Is it going to be a Wheaton-cooks show? With furds defense can we afford to be one dimensional with the passing game?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:17 Cj
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John Hunt: 
No. ASU is much, much easier to run on than Stanford is. The Beavers, like it or not, will be a little one-dimensional, and they'll just have to make that dimension work well.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:17 John Hunt
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Does either Stanford or OSU's run defense have a chance at slowing down the Ducks O?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:18 Guest
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John Hunt: 
Actually, I think OSU's defense is better equipped to slow the Ducks, because of the speed of their linebackers and their versatility in the d-backfield. Stanford probably will do its usual hang-with-them-for-a-half, then lose by 20.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:19 John Hunt
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Sounds like we had a few NFL scouts at practice today. who do you think will picked up in the draft and what round?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:19 Guest
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John Hunt: 
There is a lot of interest in Poyer, of course. Wheaton is an NFL receiver, and Colin Kelly might get a look as a FA.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:20 John Hunt
2:21
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Any Beavers recruiting news/rumors that you find interesting?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:21 Guest
2:22
John Hunt: 
I'm not focused on the recruits right now, although I know the winning has definitely helped. The Beavers have a pretty good class going after that really slow start.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:22 John Hunt
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[Comment From CjCj: ] 
I know the mantra is 0-0 every week, but is there a sense of what is truly at stake in this game not only with the players but with Riley? Games like this, ones that could put us in a great bowl, Riley always seems to never win...what's your prediction or feeling about what will transpire Saturday?
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:22 Cj
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John Hunt: 
Yes, the Beavers know. They know how the standings look. But Stanford is a really good team with a slew of really good, big, guys who were four-star talents. It's going to be really hard to beat the Cardinal in Stanford, and if they lose, it won't be because Riley "can't win the big one."
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:24 John Hunt
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[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
With Stanford's power run offense, I feel that the Beavers D Line is going to need to step us and fill those gaps. Our secondary will be able to handle the receivers just fine. Do you think the LB core is what is going to be most important for the Defense this week? Thanks
Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:25 Chris
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