Mike Riley has said OT Colin Kelly (ankle surgery) will miss spring ball, and OG Grant Enger (shoulder surgery) is almost certain to also sit out the 15-practice session.
Even if Kelly and Enger were 100 percent, Michael Philipp was still going to see a lot of time with the 1s. Their absence should ensure that much more that he gets plenty of reps.
Philipp was that rare talent who started as a true freshman. But injuries continued to pile up and he took this last season as his redshirt year.
If Philipp begins to show he's back on that glide path, he was projected coming out of high school to be one of the better lineman in the Pac-12 by the time his career had come to a close, that will help OSU markedly as they try to shore up an o-line that has disappointed the past two years.
The entire o-line will have extra incentive this spring. Riley has said he expects at least two -- Isaac Seumalo and Stan Hasiak -- of the offensive linemen to challenge for starting jobs.