- The Cream of the Crop -
These are the players that are ready to play in the Pac-10 right now. Two preps and six JUCO guys make this list.
1. TE Gabe Miller - With just two players at tight end and both of them seniors it is the perfect opportunity for Oregon's 4A Defensive Player of the Year to come in and contribute immediately on both offense and special teams. Miller will be started out at H-back as he learns the plays and adjusts to Division I ball. A future All-Pac-10 selection and the top recruit in the class.
2. CB Coye Francies (case file) - Looking to patch over the spotty play of the secondary last year California's leading JUCO interceptor is expected to arrive in the spring and take over the right corner spot from Brandon Hughes. The Mid Empire Conference's Defensive Player of the Year also can contribute on special teams as he has speed to burn.
3. LB Joey LaRocque (case file) - Leadership, experience, talent. Check, check, check. A force both on and off the field LaRocque will be the glue that holds the linebacking group together. The JC All-American is smart and always around the ball.
4. DT Gerard Lee (case file) - This all-conference player partly choose to play at Oregon State due to the pass happy Pac-10. With a quick first step and a specialty of getting to the quarterback he is sure to make some noise. He is expected to arrive in the summer.
5. P Kyle Loomis - Oregon's best place kicker has a monster leg and can't wait to get to Corvallis. As soon as he graduates the all-league player plans on enrolling in summer classes and working out with Alexis Serna all summer long.
6. DE Dorian Smith (case file)- A quick first step is just what the Beavers need and get from this second team JC ALl-American who will arrive in April. He needs to grab just four sacks to equal the defensive end's total from last year and the coaches fully expect him to get at least that many in his first year at OSU.
7. RB Clinton Polk (case file) - Almost three months since the conclusion of the 2005 season and Yvenson Bernard is still recovering from the beating he took. Polk will help shoulder the load keeping Bernard fresh and healthy. The all-WSFL player could also contribute on special teams and at wide out.
8. DL Keith Robertson - Is the Keith Robertson saga finally over? We won't know until August, but if he does make it the coaches have talked about playing him at defensive end or defensive tackle. It is obvious the staff thinks he will be a difference maker at either position since they have stuck with him for so long.
Next up the future stars.