In the month of July, BeaversEdge.com will be counting down the top 20 Oregon State football players on the 2017 roster.
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No. 20 - Jay Irvine
2016 stats: 6 tackles
Irvine only played four games for the Beavers in 2016 because of a shoulder injury and that really limited his ability to make headway in his redshirt freshman season. He recorded six tackles in those four games and appeared to be mature well beyond his years. It’s unfortunate for OSU that he was hurt in 2016 because he could have made a significant impact in the secondary when guys like Dwayne Williams went down with mid-season injuries.
Irvine is primed to make a big impact on the secondary in 2017. It’s unclear where exactly he will play in the secondary, but I see him as a big time nickelback or cornerback. His frame (6’1 201) makes him very versatile and I think he will have a big season for the Beavers wherever he ends up on the field.
Greaves' Take on Irvine
For each player in the BeaversEdge Top 20, Marcus Greaves will provide analysis of each player. Greaves played for the Beavers from 2014-2017 and has joined BeaversEdge.com as a football analyst.
"A physical, agile, and lanky cornerback, Irvine has big shoes to fill with the departure of Decoud. I don’t think the Pac-12 is going to know if Decoud truly left or not, because this kid can ball. Irvine is very skilled and truly understands his position. The kid has unbelievable work ethic and loves to compete. Much like Decoud, he has a big chip on his shoulder, and I think brings swag to the defensive side of the ball. He posted a incredible 42 inch vertical, which means if the ball is up in the air, he is going to get it. Look out for this kid in the upcoming season he is going to make a lot of noise." -Marcus Greaves