Oregon State Trench Report: Blake Brandel

When the Oregon State Beavers take the field against the Gophers tonight, they will do so with two new starters on the offensive line. Get an insiders look at new left tackle Blake Brandel here.

Blake Brandel:
Left Tackle, Redshirt Freshman

HT: 6’7”

WT: 296


  • Redshirted 2015 season


  • Blake is an extremely talented recruit from Central Catholic in Portland, OR.  
  • While I have only seen a handful of plays during practice with him, what has stood out is his quickness to the second level. Blake does a great job on combo blocks and is really fast for someone his size.
  • I also have liked the way he recovers on pass plays.  He gets a decent first step, but is athletic enough to cover defenders with his feet and if he gets behind a bit, can catch up to continue the block past the quarterback.
  • Brandel is also pretty strong and does a lot of good things with his hands on blocks that helps him maintain leverage.


  • Like most young players, Blake is a little light and a little raw. Most of the issues I have seen could be contributed to just nerves or a mental lapse because he is trying to do too much mentally. As he gets more comfortable these issues will clean themselves up.


Honestly, I was as excited about Brandel coming to OSU as I was about Harlow or Weichert.  I think he is a an NFL level talent that has all the tool to be an All-Conference player at Oregon State.  Though USC, Stanford and UW are gobbling up great linemen and always seem to get all the votes, I think Brandel is that kind of player that will either be good enough to transcend that or will show conference votes as the popularity contests they are when he gets to the next level.  He has not played a snap yet for the Beavers and that is a lot of pressure, but as he gets stronger and heavier, his natural athleticism and tenacity will make him a great player for OSU. I am not sure about this year and I think he will have a lot of growing pains this year like any first year starter, but the ceiling for Blake is as high as any I have seen in the past ten years.


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