Oregon State vs. Maryland
Sixth Emerald Bowl: Oregon State (8-4, 6-3 Pac-10) vs. Maryland (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference)
When, where: 5:30 tonight, AT and T Park, San Francisco
Radio, TV: KPAM (860 AM), ESPN
• The good news about the injury situation: Yvenson Bernard says his right knee - which underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 19 - feels good and he'll be ready to go tonight. 'There are no problems at all,' he says.
Special-teams standout Gerard Lawson, bothered by back spasms the past two weeks, also will be a go. The back still bothers him 'every now and then,' he says. 'It just depends on how well I get warmed up. But I'm going to play.'
• The OK news about the injury situation: Sean Canfield will be available, but the sophomore quarterback, who missed the last three games with a strained left shoulder, says he is not 100 percent.
'It's still pretty painful to throw,' he says.
Lyle Moevao will start.
• After his senior season at Carlsbad (Calif.) High, Canfield had an arthroscopic procedure done to the AC joint in his left shoulder. He plans to consult with the same surgeon about the lingering pain.
'I probably started throwing a little early on it,' Canfield says. 'If the pain doesn't go away pretty soon, it might be something to get looked at again.'
• The bad news about the injury situation: Offensive guard Jeremy Perry is experiencing knee pain but still is expected to start. Backup defensive tackle Pernnell Booth suffered minor injuries to his knee and ankle Wednesday but still was expected to be available. Receiver Anthony Brown strained a quadriceps muscle and is doubtful, meaning true freshman James Rodgers likely will get his first career start.
• Rodgers' uncle, San Francisco 49er cornerback Michael Lewis, will be in the AT and T stands tonight to watch the Richmond, Texas, flash.
Rodgers' younger brother, Jacquizz, an OSU recruit, will be back home, however.
'He's on (his high school) basketball team,' Rodgers explains.
• Maryland, which hasn't played in the state of California since 1954, will begin a home-and-home series with the California Golden Bears next season at College Park, Md.
• The quarterback the Beavers will face tonight - Chris Turner - opened training camp as Maryland's No. 3 signal-caller.
Highly touted Florida transfer Josh Portis was to be the starter before being declared ineligible for cheating on a quiz before the season. Backup Jordan Steffy moved into the starting slot but was forced out of the Sept. 29 Rutgers game with a concussion.
That opened the door for Turner, a 6-3, 215-pound sophomore from West Hills, Calif., who has completed 136 of 212 passes (.642) for 1,753 yards and five TDs, with five interceptions in 10 games.
Turner picked Maryland over Louisville. He also had scholarship offers from Boise State, Utah, Illinois and Texas-El Paso.
'I wanted to go to a Pac-10 school, any Pac-10 school - especially UCLA,' Turner tells The Baltimore Sun. 'I always saw myself going to a Pac-10 school. I'm just interested to see how I can do against a Pac-10 school.'
Turner - whose father, John, is former drummer for the heavy-metal band Ratt - had his best day against No. 8-ranked Boston College, outplaying Heisman Trophy candidate Matt Ryan. Turner completed 21 of 27 passes for a career-high 337 yards and three TDs in the 42-35 victory.
• A reserve OSU player was suspended and sent home Tuesday for a team rules violation. Coach Mike Riley would not release the name of the player.
• Five Beavers hail from the Bay Area, including three starters - middle linebacker Alan Darlin of Elk Grove, offensive tackle Andy Levitre of Ben Lomond and center Kyle DeVan of Vacaville.