Depth chart analysis - Offense

The movers and shakers from spring ball. Who moved up and who moved down on the Oregon State offensive depth chart.

Sean Canfield (SO)
Lyle Moevao (SO)
Ryan Gunderson (SR)
Brennan Sim (RFR)

Note: Officially, there is still a quarterback battle between Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao. Also officially, neither Canfield nor Moevao played well enough to separate themselves from another. The competition between the two is basically where was at the start of spring camp - it is Canfield's job to lose. Canfield was more consistent than Moevao on a day to day basis, but Moevao started to come on strong at the end.

Running back

Yvenson Bernard (SR)
Clinton Polk (SR)
Patrick Fuller (JR)
Andy Stewart (SR) OR Tony Carrasco (SO)
Micah Strickland (SO)
Michael Soreum (RFR)

Note: It was a battle of the backups as Yvenson Bernard did not participate in one scrimmage and eventually enrolled in a class on Mondays and Wednesdays so he didn't have to stand around at practice. Clinton Polk received the bulk of the carries, but was slowed by a quadricep bruise late in the month. A rejuvenated Patrick Fuller stepped up leading all running backs in yards in two of the three scrimmages. Walk-ons Tony Carrasco and Andy Stewart also received plenty of carries as they make a case for fourth string playing time. Micah Strickland was expected to get lots of reps, but missed several practices due to personal issues.

Wide Receiver
Brandon Powers (SR)
Shane Morales (JR)
Casey Kjos (SO)
Taylor Kavanaugh (SO)
Sam Oltman (RFR)

Note: Brandon Powers turned in several solid days but was slowed by knee tendonitis in the middle of the month. Shane Morales received the extra reps as he led all receivers in the spring game with four catches for 71 yards. Casey Kjos did not participate due to back surgery, but is expected to compete for playing time come August. Taylor Kavanaugh is currently barried on the depth chart, but will help out on special teams returning punts. Sam Oltman had the only touchdown reception in the first scrimmage and added another in the final spring game.

Split End
Sammie Stroughter (SR)
Kyle Brown (RFR)
Aaron Nichols (RFR)
Matt Sieverson (SR)

Note: If you watched Mike Hass, Steven Jackson or Yvenson Bernard during spring practice in their junior and senior years then you know what I am talking about. An athlete at the top of their game - confident, vocal - and ready to lead their team to victory. Sammie Stroughter is that type of player as he is head and shoulders better than the rest of the receivers. Kyle Brown improved, but still needs to work on getting more physical and separating himself from the defensive backs. Aaron Nichols turned in one of best springs of the receivers leading all receivers in the first scrimmage with 56 yards while grabbing a touchdown in the second game. Matt Sieverson sat out with a shoulder injury.


Anthony Brown (SR)
Chris Johnson (JR)
Damola Adeniji (JR)
Lahaina Olsen-Kuroda (RFR)
Matt Frosland (RFR)
Mana Silva (RFR)

Note: Chris Johnson's involvement with the offense increased every week as the coaches looked to utilize his speed. Anthony Brown had a consistent, although quiet spring. Domola Adeniji impressed with his leaping ability and athletic catches. A host of walk-ons are behind the top three.


Tight end
Howard Croom (SO) OR John Reese (SO) OR Brady Camp (RFR)
Gabe Miller (RFR)
Dan Weis (JR)
Jake Hermeling (RFR)
Joe Halahuni (FR)

Note: Going into spring Howard Croom was regarded as the most complete tight end, coming out of spring Croom is still regarded on the best all-around tight end. John Reese showed big play potential, but still needs to work on his blocking. Brady Camp has good hands and is one of the better blockers, but doesn't have the speed to make the defense pay. Gabe Miller participated in drills in the middle of the month and is expected to start competing for playing time in the fall. Joe Halahuni will redshirt.

Offensive tackle

Tavita Thompson (JR)
Timi Oshinowo (RFR)
Mau Nomani (RFR)

Note: Tavita Thompson played well even though he was not tested on a consistent basis against the better defensive linemen. He worked hard in the off-season losing 30 pounds. Timi Oshinowo has to work on his agility, among other things, before he competes for playing time.

Andy Levitre (JR)
Ryan Pohl (RFR)
Steven Rodenhurst (RFR)

Note: Andy Levitre has found a home at right tackle where has played splendidly. Ryan Pohl still has a long way to go, but the coaches are excited about his development. If the junior college transfers don't show up in time Pohl will backup both tackle spots.

Offensive guard

Roy Schuening (SR)
Gregg Peat (SO)

Note: Roy Schuening played sparingly due to a hamstring pull. Gregg Peat received lots of repetitions which bodes well for this year and next year.


Jeremy Perry (JR)
Adam Speer (JR)
Nathan Hannah (RFR)

Note: Jeremy Perry sat out resting knee but was active on the sidelines teaching his teammates. The versatile Adam Speer got most of the repititions as he will back up both guard positions.

Kyle DeVan (SR)
Marcus Henderson (JR)
Alex Linnenkohl (RFR)

Note: Rimington Award candidate Kyle DeVan is one of the top centers in the conference with the consistent Marcus Henderson and up and coming underclassman Alex Linnenkohl filling out the depth chart. Snapping turned out to be a slight area of concern towards the end of spring practices.

Alexis Serna (SR)
Justin Kahut (RFR)
Jake Webber (RFR)

Note: Alexis Serna is one of the top kickers in the country with Justin Kahut developing nicely and set to take over in 2008. Kahut probably possess a stronger leg, but lacks Serna’s accuracy.

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