Seven Offensive Players to Watch

<p>Spring is in the air and with it the possibility of potential being realized. Although football is a team sport, the development and improvement of individual players is vital.</p> <p> There are seven Beaver offensive players who we feel have the best chance to help the team reach its potential and play in another BCS bowl this year.</p>

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.
The starting job is his to lose. Riley and Steven Jackson believe he is good enough to start for the Beavers, but he will have heavy competition from Ryan Cole and Yvenson Bernard.

5. OL Chris Miller.
The award winning offensive lineman from the junior college ranks should provide the Beavers with immediate help on the left side of the line.

Hawkins reaches for a ball.
Josh Hawkins development is important for OSU.

Excellence at the center position is a given; Matt Brock is a dominator. If Miller steps in and performs well, OSU will essentially have four starting linemen with ample game experience.

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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