Spring football is always a great time for younger players or those who don't see a lot of action during the season to show what they can do. This spring is no exception and BeaverBlitz wants to breakdown five offensive players for you to watch during Saturday's Spring Game that you may not have had on your radar.
A new year and new position for Houston, who made the switch from defensive line to center after the Civil War. It may be a new position for Houston, but he still brings the same tenacity and work ethic to the new position. Houston is an intelligent individual who is picking up the offense quickly. This could prove to be one of the smartest off-season moves made by the staff as they look for an offensive leader up front to replace Gavin Andrews.
The highest rated prep athlete to sign with the Beavers in 2017, Hodgins graduated high school early in order to join his Beaver teammates this spring. No one has been disappointed. Receiver coach Jason Phillips said that Hodgins hit a bit of a wall during week two of camp, which is to be expected, but during the second scrimmage he hauled in some big passes. The sky is the limit for the true freshman as he looks to find early playing time this fall.
The return from injury of tight end Noah Togiai has been the story this spring, but coaches have consistently praised Tuli Wily-Matagi for his work this off-season. Coach Andersen has mentioned several times this spring that Wily-Matagi has a new found comfort level in the offense. Having a healthy Togiai and Wily-Matagi should be a big boost to the Beaver offense this fall.
After a tremendous performance on special teams during the Civil War, Bodden has continued to shine this spring at wide receiver, catching the eye of Coach Phillips. While he may only continue to see time on special teams this fall, expect to see him on the field with the offense on Saturday.
With the coaches limiting Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce this spring, Jaylynn Bailey has seen plenty of snaps. He's tough and determined as a runner and the time he is getting this spring could help make him a viable option this fall should Nall or Pierce need a break.