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CORVALLIS -- With Pac-10 Player of the Year Jacquizz Rodgers sitting out of contact drills for the duration of the spring, and sophomore Ryan McCants going down in the last week of practice, it's hard to accurately gauge the status of the running back position headed into offseason workouts and fall camp. But freshman Jovan Stevenson used the opportunity to full advantage.

When Ryan McCants went down with a knee injury, Jovan Stevenson got his reps and extended coaching time. McCants did not have impressive rushing totals in the official scrimmages but one thing that did not get enough notice -- he was quite impressive the last week he practiced and looked like the big, bruising back Beaver fans count on. Before that, however, McCants did not show much as far as...

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