BEAV NOTES: Injury bug takes a very big bite

AND HERE COMES the pain. There's some devastating injury news coming out of Corvallis after the Beav win over Hawaii. Oregon State will be without three starters for varying lengths of time. Two reside on the offensive line, and the other is one of the best Beaver players on defense.

Linebacker Michael Doctor had surgery on his injured foot and will be out at least 6-8 weeks.

It's a body blow to a linebacker corps that has already played their first two games without the D.J. Alexander (knee). Alexander could potentially return this week but whether he's ready to start/play this week is on the optimistic side of the scale.

Redshirt freshman Caleb Saulo will move into Doctor's spot. Doctor has a redshirt year available and depending on how fast he heals, could use it for 2013.

But the loss of Doctor will be felt in more ways than one. The fourth-year senior is a team captain and led the Beavs in tackles (83) in 2012.

AND THE HITS just keep on coming.

Starting right tackle Grant Enger, who was playing in place of Gavin Andrews (mono), sprained his knee in the fourth quarter against Hawaii -- he is expected to be out two weeks.

Offensive lineman Roman Sapolu, who has started at right guard for Enger, injured his foot and will need surgery.

His season appears to be over.

Remember when the Beavs, in the days before the opener, were going to start true freshman Sean Harlow on the line -- only to change their minds and slide Enger over to tackle?

Well, it would seem a pretty good bet that Harlow is going to play this week -- at the very least he'll have to be on red alert. And it's hard to see how OSU is going to be able to keep his redshirt on, not after two starters on an already thin o-line are now sidelined.

How it all worked on Saturday, as BF.C's Drew Wilson-McGrath reported in his two-minute drill, was that after Sapolu went down midway through the fourth quarter, center Isaac Seumalo switched over to right guard with Josh Mitchell coming in at center.

Then, Grant Bays came in at right guard and Seumalo moved to right tackle to cover for the injured Enger.

Will the Beavs keep Seumalo at right tackle, Bays at right guard and Mitchell at center, along with LG Josh Andrews and LT Michael Philipp?

Or does Harlow come in now at right tackle?

Regardless of how it all turns out, BeavFans may need a slide rule and an abacus to follow the o-line machinations this week -- and over the course of the season given that we're only two games in.

YOU CAN'T GAIN a lot of rushing yards if you don't rush the ball. Storm Woods had only 17 carries against Hawaii. Terron Ward had five. And OSU had a grand total of but 57 rushing yards in Week 2.


On the season, Woods and Ward have a combined 41 carries, while Sean Mannion has attempted 86 passes.

The Beavers are averaging 81.0 yards rushing through two games.

That doesn't sound a lot like Oregon State football under Mike Riley.

And Riley's not happy about the lack of a run game, either.

"We're not running the ball real well -- it's kind of scary," said Riley.

Part of it is what opponents are doing. An opposing defense wants to take something away and in the case of the Beavs, Riley said teams have thus far been focusing on taking away the run and making the Beavs beat them with the pass.

"(Hawaii) really committed themselves to stopping the run," Riley said. "That's smart. That's good football."

Whether that holds true again in Week 3 remains to be seen. Oregon State opens conference play with a road trip against Utah (2-0).

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