A lot of unknowns positionally this spring

OREGON STATE DOESN'T have a depth chart right now, such is the dynamic of having a new coaching staff bringing in new schemes in their first spring ball. But positionally, some spots are deeper than others with spring ball now underway.

Chief among them is the wide receivers group. Gary Andersen said those wideouts should be a focal point this spring.

"If we're going to have success this season and in spring ball, they're going to have to make big plays," said Andersen.

The running backs are another group Andersen points to and says there won't necessarily be a lot of deception there, with the Beavs looking to execute better than the opponent.

"We're going to hang our hat on a couple runs, and people may know they're coming... sometimes," said Andersen.

As for the quarterbacks, now running a spread attack that will see the QB on the move at times, all seven on the roster are expected to get reps for the first two weeks. It's a large number that makes running a practice hard to do.

But after a time, and probably when the Beavs return from their 2-week break, Andersen and QBs coach Kevin McGiven will settle on two and give them the lion's share of the reps. Who those two will be are anyone's guess at this point, given that the quarterbacks will be asked to do different things than what former coach Mike Riley recruited them for.

ON DEFENSE, things are a lot different in terms of experience. Only two starters return from last year's unit in d-end Lavonte Barnett and senior cornerback Larry Scott.

You can expect to see some position changes on the defensive side of the ball over the course of the spring, Andersen said.

There are "a lot of questions that have to be answered before we have any solid foundation on the defensive side. The kids have worked hard, but there's a lot of challenges there," said Andersen.

On special teams, Garrett Owens seems fairly well set as the starting kicker but it's never a slam dunk when you're talking about a placekicker. A new long snapper and holder will need to be established. The favorite to take over the punting duties, Nick Porebski, a won't arrive until later this summer.


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