The good, the bad, the question - OL

BeaverFootball.com continues its pre-spring look with the good, the bad, the question - offensive line edition.

- Centers -

The good: Both centers return from a relatively injury free season. Pac-10 honorable mention selection Kyle DeVan (pictured on the right) retains the starting role with 11 consecutive starts under his belt with Adam Speer as the backup. DeVan was temporarily substituted for early in the season last year with an injury and Speer and Matt Moore had trouble with the snaps.

C Kyle DeVanThe bad: Not much. Speer is a good player who just needs more repetitions.

The question: Can the unit stay healthy?

Riley says:  “The offensive line is the foundation of a team, and I really like how our line developed through the year last season. I like the attitude of the guys on our offensive line, and it’s a tremendous bonus to have all your starters back in this area.”

The roster:

  • Junior Kyle DeVan - honorable mention All-Pac as a sophomore, heady player

  • Sophomore Adam Speer - strong and smart, would start if DeVan wasn't in front of him

 

- Offensive Guards -

The good: Both starting guards return in right guard Roy Schuening and Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year left guard Jeremy Perry.  Schuening, a Pac-10 honorable mention selection, is a mainstay on the right side of the line with 23 starts under his belt.  Perry started all 11 games as a redshirt freshman last year and could earn all-conference honors in 2006.

G Jeremy PerryThe versatile Andy Levitre is the first off of the bench and would probably start if Perry wasn't in front of him.

The bad: It is thin on the depth chart after Levitre.  If there is a rash of injuries the coaches would be forced to play true freshman who are rarely ready to make the leap from high school to Pac-10 ball.

The question: Can the unit stay injury free?

Riley says: “The offensive line is the foundation of a team, and I really like how our line developed through the year last season. I like the attitude of the guys on our offensive line, and it’s a tremendous bonus to have all your starters back in this area.”

The roster:

  • RG sophomore Jeremy Perry - mean and aggressive, a future All-Pac-10 performer and possibly Oregon State's first offensive Morris Trophy winner

  • RG/LG sophomore Andy Levitre - versatile and athletic, can play either guard or tackle, a real team player

  • G redshirt freshman Gregg Peat - a work in progress

  • G sophomore Marcus Henderson - walked on in August of 2005

 

- Offensive Tackles -

The good: Senior right tackle Josh Linehan and senior left tackle Adam Koets (pictured on the left) are the most experienced players on the line with 23 straight starts on their resume.  Linehan prefers to bang in the trenches while Koets excels getting out and smacking into players down field.

LT Adam KoetsSophomore Tavita Thompson's development has been slower than expected, but he is primed to be a solid contributor this year. Both redshirt freshman Mike Marks and junior Naymon Frank, who moved to the offensive line last year, are both works in progress.

The bad: Just like the offensive guard position the tackle position is thin on the depth chart.  Levitre can be play both tackle and guard, but Thompson is strictly a tackle.  Injuries are a concern here.

The question: Can the starters stay healthy?

Riley says:  “The offensive line is the foundation of a team, and I really like how our line developed through the year last season. I like the attitude of the guys on our offensive line, and it’s a tremendous bonus to have all your starters back in this area.”

The roster:

  • RT senior Josh Linehan - physical and competitive, moved from guard to tackle in 2005

  • LT senior Adam Koets - has started every game since his sophomore year, improves every year

  • T sophomore Tavita Thompson - a work in progress who is getting better and should start to contribute

  • T junior Naymon Frank - converted defensive tackle, still adjusting to the offensive side of the ball

  • T redshirt freshman Mike Marks - tackle of the future, a project

  • T junior James Otuhiva - known for his nasty blocking in junior college as a tight end, redshirted last year

 

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