Grant is seriously an amazing athlete. Playing just one year of football (senior year at West Linn in 2015), before walking on at Oregon State and turning the heads of coaches as a true freshman. Grant spent the season injured, but is back and making a statement this spring. At Saturday's Spring Game, he intercepted a Jake Luton pass near the end zone to keep the Beaver offense from scoring right before the half. He also had an interception during the team's second scrimmage the week prior.
This scribe felt that we would have seen more of an impact from Payne last season, but the junior college transfer has taken a little longer than expected. However, this spring he shown more comfort in the Beavers defense, which has translated into him making more plays. Definitely look for him to see the field at middle linebacker this fall for the Beavs.
As a senior, this coming season is Hungalu's final year and he looks to build upon the growth we all saw last season. Hungalu is truly emerging as a leader on the defense and has a bit of swagger coming into his last year.
Crawford is coming off a freshman All-American campaign and the sky is the limit for him this season. The Beavers are replacing Treston Decoud, so Crawford becomes the journeyman of the group. Look for him to take players like Jay Irvine and Christian Wallace under his wing to get the unit ready for August action.
Failauga has been a defensive end, linebacker and now he has returned to end for his senior season. He has linebacker speed and showed bursts throughout spring which will help the Beavers with a pass rush that was sorely lacking a year ago. The experience Failauga brings to the defense will be a big asset and look for him to be a on the field leader for the younger members of the front seven.
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