What's the key to OSU 2015 season?

THE BEAT writers at the Oregonian midway through spring projected the over-under on this 2015 Oregon State team at five wins. If Oregon State is going to surpass that benchmark in Gary Andersen’s first year, it’s likely going to be due to one specific position group.

The defensive line, and not just the starters.

So says Gary Andersen.

"I would say the first six defensive linemen are going to be imperative to our success next year. And we're nowhere close to where we need to be. Again, I think the work ethic is gaining ground. It's good at this point, but it has to be great," Andersen recently told ESPN.

And they key to all of that, new defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake says, is found in repetition.

“We spend a lot of time on defense teaching what the offense is trying to do,” Sitake told Athlon. “I really believe that if you teach them the other side of the ball, you’re not memorizing, you’re understanding.”

A lot of college football fans believe stopping the spread offenses in the Pac-12 is difficult due to the complexity. Not true, says Sitake.

"There’s a saying that if you keep it simple, it will be clean football. You look at all this fast-tempo offense, there’s not a lot to it. It’s just simple but executed really well.”

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