MONDAY NOTEBOOK: Rally time?

QB SEAN CANFIELD

THE BEAVERS HAVE been here before. In fact in the last five years the Men in Black have started the year 2-2. But Mike Riley is quick to remind the fans and players that just because the last three teams battled back doesn't mean this year's squad will too.

INJURY UPDATE: WR Darrell Catchings suffered a high ankle sprain and will miss the next two-three weeks. He may sit out the rest of the year and apply for a medical redshirt. WR Casey Kjos (back) who missed Saturday's game is expected to start practicing this week. LB Keaton Kristick (shoulder stinger) will take it easy in practice this week.

OPPONENT LOOKAHEAD: Arizona State narrowly lost to No. 21 Georgia 20-17 on the road last weekend for their first loss of the season. The Beavers are the Sun Devils first Pac-10 game of the year. ASU opens as a five point favorite.

ANOTHER OPTION: With Catchings gone for at least a couple of weeks and possibly the year, redshirt freshman Geno Munoz is expected to play more.

“I feel good about Geno Munoz,” Riley said. “He should play some more.”

Munoz has played sparingly this season and has yet to record a catch.

ONE-TWO: The Rodgers brothers are the top two receivers in the Pac-10. Quizz leads the conference with 32 catches while James is second with 27.

NOT A GIVEN: For the fifth straight season the team sits at 2-2. In the last three years the Beavers sat at 2-3 and bounced back to go to a bowl game, but nothing is guaranteed.

“I’ve warned our team that bouncing back is not a given, just because those other teams did it,’’ coach Mike Riley said. "It’s good that it’s in our blood, and there’s guys on the team who have been a part of it.

"They understand there’s no reason to panic, but they do need to have a sense of urgency about each game."

ZERO: For the second time this season the Beavers failed to register a sack. Currently the team ranks 117th nationally with two sacks in 2009. DE Kevin Frahm is the only Orange and Black player with a full sack this season.

MORE UGLY STATS: The Beaver defense ranks 110th nationally in pass defense (272.0 ypg), last in the conference in opponent third down conversions (43.1%), ninth in opponent third downs (79) and has caused the least amount of turnovers (4) and given up the most sacks (15) in the Pac-10. On the flip side the offense ranks first in pass offense (255.8 ypg), first in first downs (87) and third in third down conversions (44.8%).

MORE TV: The Stanford game has been picked up by FoxSports Net with kickoff set at 4 PM.

CANFIELD WILL START: Sean Canfield will start the Arizona State game, but if the senior quarterback struggles to move the offense coach Mike Riley could put in Lyle Moevao. The coaches like that Moevao is more mobile than Canfield and gets rid of the ball quicker.

"There's no doubt Lyle is a good option," coach Mike Riley said. "We are getting to that point. We are going to let them practice like usual this week. But with the way he plays, the anticipation and the delivery, he is a viable option in the games."

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