Spring Ball: Two deeps - Defense

THE OSU two deeps on defense headed into spring ball. "If you look at the roster breakdown on paper you would think that we lost a lot of production, and to some point we did," Mike Riley said. "But we also have a number of guys who were in the regular rotation last year and who are ready to be those starters. I have a lot of confidence that we will continue to be a very good defensive team."

The Beavs are counting on the experience of Victor Butler up front for more plays this season like the one against Washington State pictured above.

One to watch: Keith Pankey now sits atop the pre-spring depth chart at the weakside linebacker spot. Meanwhile, Keaton Kristick is No. 1 at the strongside 'backer while Bryant Cornell assumes the starting spot in the middle this spring.

LEFT END
90 *** Victor Butler Sr., 6-2, 235, Rialto, Calif.
70 Keith Robertson Sr., 6-2, 260, Lake Oswego, Ore.
 
LEFT TACKLE
Stephen Paea Jr., 6-2, 303, Los Altos, Calif.
97 Sioeli Nau Jr., 6-2, 312, Spanish Fork, Utah
99 *** Pernnell Booth Sr., 6-1, 303, Billings, Mont.
 
RIGHT TACKLE
92 Mitchel Hunt So, 6-2, 271, Chandler, Ariz.
78 Brennan Olander So., 6-1, 294, Grants Pass, Ore.
 
RIGHT END
58 ** Slade Norris Sr., 6-3, 245, Portland, Ore.
74 Kevin Frahm Fr-RS, 6-2, 249, Portland, Ore.
 
"SAM" LINEBACKER
32 ** Keaton Kristick Jr., 6-3, 227, Fountain Hills, Calif.
12 *** Isaiah Cook Sr., 6-2, 211, Claremont, Calif.
 
MIDDLE LINEBACKER
41 *** Bryant Cornell Sr., 6-1, 235, The Dalles, Ore.
48 Walker Vave So., 6-2, 237, Laie, Hawai'i
 
"WILL" LINEBACKER
35 * Keith Pankey So., 6-0, 208, Visalia, Calif.
59 * Dwight Roberson So., 6-0. 235, Oxnard, Calif.
 
LEFT CORNERBACK
6 *** Keenan Lewis Sr., 6-1, 197, New Orleans, La.
21 ** Tim Clark Jr., 6-0, 175, Compton, Calif.
 
STRONG SAFETY
9 *** Al Afalava Sr., 5-11, 215, Laie, Hawai'i
40 Cameron Collins Fr-RS, 6-2, 215, Santa Monica, Calif.
or 10 Lance Mitchell Fr-RS, 6-2, 202, Pasadena, Calif.
 
FREE SAFETY
23 ** Bryan Payton Sr., 6-2, 231, West Covina, Calif.
or 44 ** Greg Laybourn Sr., 5-10, 205, Portland, Ore.
28 * Suaesi Tuimaunei So., 6-1, 206, Laie, Hawai'i
 
RIGHT CORNERBACK
36 *** Brandon Hughes Sr, 5-11, 182, Bloomington, Ill.
4 * James Dockery So., 6-1, 174, La Quinta, Calif.
14 ** Patrick Henderson Jr., 5-10, 185, Oakland, Calif.
 
* = letterman season

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