Fall Ball: Five players to watch

Fall practice is just around the corner and BeaverFootball.com has five players to keep an eye on come August.

Quarterbacks Matt Moore and Ryan Gunderson
Word leaked out during the summer that Moore grabbed the starting spot despite not having a firm grip on the passing attack. While Moore is the starter heading into August that does not mean he has the position locked up.  Home grown talent Ryan Gunderson badly wants the starting gig and is working double time to refine his mechanics.

The battle for the starting spot has heated up and it is time to put up or shut up. There is an immense amout of pressure on both Moore's and Gunderson's shoulders to succeed.  Whoever can take on the pressure and excel with the offense will distance themself from the other and earn a start against Portland State.


Cornerback Aaron Miller
With one corner position locked up by Keenan Lewis the secondary is leaning heavily on Miller's athletcism and natural football skills. Miller will feel right at home as soon as he hits the field as he is a tough, physical player who loves one-on-one coverage and jaming at the line of scrimmage.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound player has a lot to learn, but should adjust quickly to the speed of Pac-10 football and integrate nicely with the Orange and Black.  Let's hope he qualifies.



RT Josh Linehan
Linehan was in the best shape of his life before spraining his posterior collateral ligament in the first week of April. His injury hurt his development as a player and the development of the offensive line as a unit.  But his injury did allow for every offensive lineman to play both guard and tackle positions. 

The Oregon native stayed in shape during the summer months and is fully healed. He will have no problem integrating back into the squad and if he can stay healthy, the right side of the line could become a domintating force.



DT Ben Siegert
With a team-high 25 consectutive starts under his belt Siegert is the most experienced defensive lineman on the team. Since Bill Swancutt graduated it is Siegert's squad. He had a decent year in 2004 but the Beavers need him to have a breakthrough year in 2005.





Other players to keep an eye on:

  • DE John Mayberry: a late addition to the 2005 class, he is big, strong and runs well

  • CB Rickey Herod: has picked up the cornerback position quickly and will provide the team with qualify depth, a potential special teams standout

  • RB Patrick Fuller:  an all-world back in high school that has stayed in shape while working through academic issues, could push for playing time

  • RT Alvin Smith:  one of the more experienced and largest players on the team who is a good at filling the gaps

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