RILEY: First team units will go at it Sat

EXPECT THE SPRING GAME -- kickoff is at 1 p.m. on Saturday -- to be competitive this year in Corvallis, and the Beavers' coaching staff has crafted the game rosters to that end, said head man Mike Riley on Friday. Plus, a rough estimate of who could be lining up where when the whistle blows and the squad rosters have now been released.

Mike Riley on KPAM-AM said Oregon State will mostly match up the ones against the ones on Saturday.

"As the game's being played, and as we substitute, we can match up the first string versus the first string. We've (in the past) done it differently -- we've drafted, and we've put the first string all on one team.... and none of it makes for the opportunity for a very good game. So this should just make it more competitive," said Riley.

Riley said one of his main goals for the game is to get the up and coming youth who will see increased turns or new starting roles this year used to heightened competition. Until now, the spring has been in practice mode with mostly situational scrimmaging sprinkled in. But the crowd will be bigger on Saturday, the scrimmage will be live, and it will be more of a game type atmosphere.

"It's one more level up when you get to the spring they learn to handle that is important," said Riley.

Sammie Stroughter's return and ever present smile has been well documented this spring. But not to be missed is that he's bigger, stronger and, Riley says, faster.

"I know he's stronger than ever, and I think he might be faster than ever. I think he's spent that time working hard in the weight room getting ready for this kind of renewed opportunity he has for a senior year," said Riley.

Ryan McCants has had an excellent spring but Riley is wary of comparisons like the ones being made that McCants, who has yet to take a single college snap, is another Steven Jackson in the making.

"Well it's way, way early to say anything about that redshirt freshman running back. But I like Ryan a lot and we have high expectations of him and he has had a very good spring," said Riley. "...I think it's a little early to start making comparisons to a guy like Steven."

One factor that will go a long ways to deciding what kind of year McCants and the OSU running game has is up front and one of the big stories of the spring has been on the offensive line -- the Beavs have not had a chance to mesh that offensive line unit with the injuries and absence of would-be front line starters, said Riley.

Tavita Thompson might play RG Saturday, he has for the past week. Ben Motter has been working there, too. James Dockery will be likely lining up at CB, he doesn't look to have done any safety work this spring despite being listed on the official roster as a safety.

Aaron Nichols might well get reps at WR, he has been working in the 2 deeps. Casey Kjos has been hurt some this spring so his reps might be limited.

Rory Ross might end up playing some OG, he has worked there this spring. Andy Levitre has been working at LT, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him there rather than on the right side.

An unofficial estimate of how the Beavs might line up Saturday: Edit: After publication of this article, no depth charts but the rosters for both teams were released by OSU.

DE - Slade Norris, Kyle Bell
DT - Mitchel Hunt, Brennan Olander
DT - Stephen Paea
DE - Victor Butler, Kevin Frahm
LB - Keaton Kristick
LB - Bryant Cornell
LB - Keith Pankey, Dwight Roberson
SS - Greg Laybourn
FS - Al Afalava
CB - Keenan Lewis, James Dockery
CB - Brandon Hughes, Patrick Henderson
P -  Kyle Harper, Sean Sehnem, Josh Makepeace

WR - Sammie Stroughter, Chris Johnson,
RT - Andy Levitre
RG - Tavita Thompson
C -  Marcus Henderson
LG - Ryan Pohl
LT - Wilder McAndrews
TE - Howard Croom
QB - Lyle Moevao
RB - Ryan McCants
WR - James Rodgers, Shane Morales
WR - Darrell Catchings
WR - Kyle Brown, Aaron Nichols
RT - Mike Remmers, Ben Motter, Timi Oshinowo
RG - Gregg Peat, Ikaika Rodenhurst, Grant Johnson
C -  Alex Linnenkohl
LG - Adam Speer, Nathan Hannah, Ellis Burke
LT - Rory Ross, Una Smiley, Michael Cole
TE - Brady Camp, John Reese
QB - Brennan Sim, Ryan Katz, Justin Engstrom, Zach      Anderson
RB - Patrick Fuller, Jeff Sampson
WR - Damola Adeniji, Taylor Kavanaugh, Shawn
WR - Casey Kjos, Sam Oltman
PK - Justin Kahut, Tyler Cope, Jake Webber

DE - Keith Robertson, Taylor Henry
DT - Jesse Fifita, Castro Masaniai
DT - Sioeli Nau
DE - Tom Hansen, Curtis Dodson, Evan Hull
LB - Isaiah Cook, Anthony Watkins, Casey Noack,
     Joshua Parish
LB - Walker Vave, Will Darkins, Paul Jones, Eric
LB - Dennis Christopher, David Pa'aluhi III
SS - Lance Mitchell, Cameron Collins, Suaesi
     Tuimaunei, Josh LaGrone
FS - Bryan Payton, Austin Hall
CB - Tim Clark, David Ross
CB - Brandon Hardin, Brian Watkins
P -  Kyle Harper, Sean Sehnem, Josh Makepeace

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