Senior Recap: Offensive Linemen

Starting left tackle Brian Kilkenny, and starting left guard David Lose, along with backups Matt Davis and Jason Haas leave an offensive line that helped set over 20 team offensive records the past two seasons. This year the Beavers set records in points (433), touchdowns (53), field goals (19), passing yards (4,265), total offense (6,019), first downs (308), and yards per play (5.68).

Kilkenny played his high school ball at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, CA where he was an all-league selection his junior and senior years. The talented lineman was rated the 21st best offensive lineman by PrepStar recruiting magazine and had the following to say about the big man after he signed with the Beavers in 1999. “The Beavers landed a tremendous offensive tackle prospect in Brain who has the size, strength and feet to play for anybody.”

His high school coach Jason Franci also had high praise for Kilkenny. “I have coached for 29 years and Brain is the best offensive lineman I have coached in that time. He is very intelligent, has good feet and is very quick. He is a finisher.”

Brian Kilkenny solidified the left side of the line at the tackle position.

The comments were not unwarranted as Kilkenny led his team to the 3A championship game his senior season with a 10-0 record. After arriving on campus in ’99 he had to wait two years before participating in his first collegiate contest due to the talented Lee Davis being in front of him.

He received his first action in 2001 against a pair of Arizona schools, Arizona and Northern Arizona. Spending multiple years behind Davis did not sit well with Kilkenny. As a result, he worked extra hard in the off-season in hopes of grabbing the starting left tackle position in 2002. Due to a superb fall camp, Kilkenny took the starting left tackle spot from Davis and started the next four games until he broke his left leg against Fresno State.

The leg injury forced Kilkenny to miss the next five games and he was reduced to a backup role for the next four. Despite his injury he was forced into the starting lineup in the Insight Bowl against Pittsburgh due to David Lose suffering the same injury against Oregon. Following the conclusion of the 2002 campaign, Kilkenny hit the weights hard once again and won back the starting left tackle position for 2003.

Kilkenny was moved to the left guard position in 2003 to make room for Brandon Lockheart.
He started the first three games of the season before Lockheart got into legal trouble. Kilkenny moved back to the left tackle spot for the remaining 10 games.

The underrated, smart tackle played well against the number one ranked Trojans in December and also did an excellent job against the frequently blitzing Lobos in the Las Vegas Bowl. He will be missed for his leadership, dependability, and work ethic.

Filling out the left side of the line is fellow Californian and departee David Lose. Lose played high school ball at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, CA where he was an all-league selection his junior and senior years as a defensive tackle.

“He plays every down in practice and in a game the same way, hard,” high school football coach Charles Thorntona told “He is a real leader and other kids listen when he talks.”

David Lose started his career at OSU as a defensive player.

Lose was recruited as a defensive lineman and practiced in that capacity his first three years at Oregon State. As a redshirt freshman he participated in two games, the San Diego State contest and the Fiesta Bowl, on the d-line.

The vocal player did not get into any games in 2001 as he was behind transfer James Lee and Dwan Edwards. Following the 2001 season Lose moved to the offensive side of the ball to the center position. He opened up spring practice in the No. 2 slot behind Matt Brock and steadily improved throughout April.

He played in moderation during the first five games until injuries to other linemen gave him the opportunity to play. His first collegiate start was at left guard against UCLA; it would be the first of eight consecutive starts. Unfortunately, like most of the 2002 offensive line, Lose suffered a season-ending injury, a broken left leg, against Oregon.

Much like Kilkenny, Lose worked extremely hard during the off-season and was completely healed for the start of 2003 spring drills. Lose wove in and out of the starting line up during fall practice and eventually lost his starting spot to Kilkenny who moved over to left tackle to accommodate Lockheart.

Due to legal troubles and performance issues Lockheart was removed from the starting lineup, Kilkenny was moved back to the tackle position and Lose resumed his starting left guard spot where he started the final 10 games of the season.

Lose gave OSU a great deal of flexibility as he was capable of playing the tackle or guard positions. His aggressive attitude and play helped the offensive line dominate in several games, including the Las Vegas Bowl, where the team set five offensive bowl records.

Jason Haas (left) and Matt Davis both joined the Beavers in 1999.

Along with the departing left side of the offensive line, backup players Matt Davis and Jason Hass are also graduating. Davis played mostly a secondary role during his career at Oregon State. He did not receive any playing time his first three seasons at OSU, but played in five contests in 2002. In 2003, not much changed as Davis only played in blowouts.

Haas’s career at OSU followed a similar pattern to Davis’ except Haas walked-on at Oregon State in 1999. He did not participate in any contest the next four years and received limited playing time in 2003.

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