INJURY UPDATE: Pre-spring edition

SPRING BALL kicks off April 3 at Oregon State but as has happens every year, some players will miss the session or be limited coming off injuries or surgery. One position group in particular will see the Beavs limited this spring.

The offensive line.

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.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • This spring overall should see a solid step forward -- Oregon State has by one account 17 starters returning with 10 true freshman and 23 first-time starters played in 2010. The growing pains were evident. But those players now have a year's experience under their belt and tangible progress will be expected, starting this spring.

  • The spring could be an important time for RB Malcolm Agnew. His hamstring issues, which stretch back to high school, have been treated this offseason with an intensive rehab program. If he makes it through spring without tweaking one of them again, Beav fans may breathe a little easier about his long term potential.

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