The big OSU question: Where to play Seumalo?

ISAAC SEUMALO IS a natural center, and he looks to have an NFL career ahead of him one day. But will he line up at center in 2014 for Oregon State, or might he play elsewhere along the Beaver o-line?

Racked by injuries up front on offense this spring, (Isaac Seumalo, Josh Mitchell and Grant Bays missed most or all of the 15-practice spring session), Oregon State was able to give a lot of turns to incoming JUCO transfer Bobby Keenan at tackle.

They also moved two tight ends out to tackle in Will Hopkins and Dustin Stanton.

By the end of spring, there were still more questions than answers.

Oregon State by most accounts had but one consistent o-tackle over the course of the spring in Gavin Andrews. Sean Harlow could be another but Oregon State would much prefer to play him at guard.

If a bona-fide OT starter doesn't emerge, if Oregon State isn't super comfortable with their o-tackles, it's looking more and more likely Seumalo may move out to the edge, with Bays (or possibly Roman Sapolu) then stepping in at center.

Seumalo is rated the No. 1 NFL center prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. He's on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation's best center.

But he's unusually versatile.

He started two games this past season at right tackle when injuries struck -- and performed very well.

Indeed, Seumalo could likely line up at center, tackle or guard and win the battle most Saturdays.

But the same can't be said for the rest of the Beaver o-line headed into fall camp, and with Oregon State more likely than not to air it out a bunch this season, it's going to be paramount to protect Sean Mannion.

The best scenario would be for Keenan or someone else to have a corner-turning fall camp and for Seumalo to stay right in the middle of things.

But my guess is Seumalo will be on the move.

Oh, he might still start plenty of games at center. But given the tenuous nature of the offensive line headed into fall camp, it seems likely he'll be lining up on the outside at some point this season.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Seumalo (foot) is expected to be healthy by the time fall camp rolls around but there's also a chance according to the Portland Tribune that he may not be ready at the start of camp, and instead strap on the pads a couple weeks in.

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