1. QB Derek Anderson.
With one year of Mike Riley’s system under he belt the Scappoose kid should hit the field running and distance himself from the rest of the quarterbacks within a week. The key to Anderson’s development in April is constant improvement from practice to practice and building confidence in his offensive line and receivers.
2. WR Kevin Swanigan.
The coaches are expecting the junior college transfer to take one of the open receiving slots and provide the Beavers with a tough player across the middle. A tough receiver over the middle is a deadly weapon that the Beavers can use.
3. WR Josh Hawkins.
Hawkins has been in the system for four years and has plenty of experience. The Beavers need him to step into a larger role in 2004 and become a consistent receiver.
4. RB Dwight Wright.
5. OL Chris Miller.
6. PK John Dailey.
Mike Riley and reliable place kickers go together. The Beavers have had a run of good kickers under Riley including Jose Cortez, Ryan Cesca, and Kirk Yliniemi. Dailey must pick up where they left off. He has little game experience and his development is crucial for OSU’s success.
7. WR Brandon Powers.
Powers impressed the coaching staff during fall camp and throughout the season during practices in 2003. He is tall, lanky, and big at 6-foot-1, 208-pounds and could become a playmaker for Oregon State.
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