OSU & UO Sports, July 8 Beavers Proud to Honor Military Families In the Beaver state we honor, thank and salute our veterans and active military men and women. Through our BeaverSalute outreach, Oregon State University athletics is proud to again offer veterans and active personnel of the United States Armed Forces an opportunity to enjoy the Friday, Sept. 4 season opener under new head coach Gary Andersen when the football team hosts the Weber State Wildcats at Reser Stadium. OSU athletics has set aside up to 3,000 reserved tickets for veterans, active personnel and their families to enjoy the season opener (up to four tickets per member). Tickets are first come, first serve and can be reserved at 800-GO-BEAVS, in person at the Gill Coliseum Ticket Office (Room 107) or by ordering online. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (with extended hours until 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays in July and August). For the season opener, fans will also see a new look to the white OSU football helmets as the Beavers’ logo will turn red, white and blue for this game only to honor our service men, women, veterans and their families. BeaverSalute will also begin OSU athletics’ recognition of 75 years since of the “Men of Roses”, the 1942 victors of the only displaced Rose Bowl in the history of the granddaddy of all bowl games. The legendary team played Duke in the only non-Pasadena Rose Bowl as the game was moved to the Blue Devils’ home stadium in Durham, NC as the United States government prohibited large public gatherings on the west coast following the attack on Pearl Harbor. To learn more on this historic Beaver team and their journey to this famous Rose Bowl follow this link. Beginning July 8, fans have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the amenity-filled Club level for the season opener for the special price of $79 and $99 for San Jose State on Sept 19. In addition to the Club special, full season ticket options are available for as low as $150 as is the new half-season Quick 3 plan. To get in on the action go to beavertickets.com or call 800-GO-BEAVS. Ducks on Watch Lists One season after Marcus Mariota became the first Oregon football player to win the Maxwell Award as national player of the year, the Ducks have another preseason candidate. Sophomore running back Royce Freeman is on the award’s preseason watch list for 2015, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday. Also, senior defensive lineman DeForest Buckner made the watch list for the Bednarik Award as national defensive player of the year. Freeman, a native of Imperial, Calif., led the Duck with 1,365 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns as a true freshman in the 2014 season. He was named Pac-12 offensive freshman of the year, and a freshman all-American. Buckner follows in the footsteps of former UO cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award in 2013 and a member of the preseason watch list again last fall. Buckner led the Ducks with 13 tackles for loss in 2014, and led all UO defensive linemen with 81 tackles. Each of the 80-player watch lists will be updated over the course of the season before being cut down to a group of semifinalists.