A little more than five years ago, Yvenson Bernard was Oregon State's workhorse running back. He amassed more than 1,000 yards and scored at least 13 touchdowns in each of his three seasons as a starter. To Beaver fans, that's the vision they think of when they hear Yvenson Bernard. To this year's Beavers team, he's a graduate intern.
Bernard returns to Oregon State after a journeyman career through the NFL, joining the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and later playing for the Seattle Seahawks. He also played briefly in the Canadian Football League before retiring and later coaching running backs at West Boca Raton (Florida) High School as a favor to an old friend. After word got to Beavers head coach Mike Riley that Bernard enjoyed his time on the sideline, Riley offered a spot in the coaching staff.
The night before Oregon State's fall camp opened, Riley asked Bernard to speak to the team. Bernard, brother of Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani, had one message: There's nothing like college.