Spring ball: Time to step up

These players have been on the roster for at least two years or are in their final year of eligibility. It is time for these players to step up or run the risk of leaving Corvallis as career backups.

WR Kyle Brown - With underclassmen Darrell Catchings and James Rodgers bursting onto the scene, a host of experienced backups returning and talented freshman coming in Brown must find some consistency or forever be buried on the depth chart. He is just a sophomore, has good size, and is improving from year to year but he still doesn't get physical enough with the defense.

OT Michael Cole - Ideally the coaches hoped Cole would compete for a staring tackle position and, at the very least, fill out the two deeps. But as the team heads into spring ball Cole is nowhere to be found on the two deeps as he has been passed over by a pair of walk ons. After playing spot duty last season Cole is in his final year and must vastly improve if he wants to see game action in '08.

RB Patrick Fuller - From delayed enrollment to being kicked off the team to rejoining to the team to becoming an excellent gunner Fuller has had a tumultuous collegiate career. In his final year he will be given one more shot, although a long shot, at running back.

DE Tom Hansen - Another young player who is just a sophomore and has plenty of time to develop but must show progress or perpetually be passed over by incoming junior college transfers each year. Grabbing a starting spot is not the goal, but ,similar to Henderson, a good showing this year could pay big dividends in 2009.

CB Patrick Henderson - A career backup and special team's player Henderson has had plenty of time in the system with three years under his belt. He won't grab a starting role with Brandon Hughes, Keenan Lewis and Tim Clark in front of him, but a strong showing could give him the confidence to take a run at a starting spot in 2009.

WR Chris Johnson - Johnson's claim to fame thus far is his amazing one handed catch at Stanford in 2006.  And while that was a heck of a catch, Johnson needs to show consistency to be a threat in the Beavers' passing attack.  He has good speed that can be used on end arounds and reverses possibly setting up a deadly combination with James Rodgers.

WR Casey Kjos - Harassed by injuries during his three years in Corvallis Kjos has never gone through a spring and fall camp healthy. Riley always has great things to say about Jon Kitna's cousin but he always manages to injure himself before the season begins. Staying healthy is priority number one, getting on the field against competition is priority number two.

DT Keith Robertson - It seemed like it took an eternity for Robertson to make it OSU and unfortunately for the Lake Oswego standout he doesn't have an eternity or even a redshirt year to work on his craft as he is already in his final year of eligibility. Time for the Oregonian to step up or be eternally banished to the "what could have been" stories.

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