Riley on Moevao, Beavs: News and notes galore

CORVALLIS -- Mike Riley spoke today on numerous subjects and the big news is on QB Lyle Moevao, he will undergo surgery and could be out much, much longer than originally anticipated -- from 6 weeks to 4 months. Also, the spring availability of Jacquizz and James Rodgers, leading candidates at a number of spots plus much more.

We'll have a full write-up a littler later on but we wanted to give you an early inside look on some of what Mike Riley had to say today.

Lyle Moevao will undergo surgery on Monday, the issue has to do with the bicep rather than shoulder but here's the big thing -- he's almost out for all of spring and Riley said he could be out anywhere from 6 weeks to 4 months.

Sean Canfield will take the reins headed into the spring. Spring ball runs from March 30 to May 2.

Riley was succinct in describing Canfield headed into spring drills -- confident and excited. Riley is also excited to see how Peter Lalich performs.

Jacquizz Rodgers (shoulder) and James Rodgers (collarbone) will be limited during spring ball -- they will participate in some drills but will not scrimmage.

Also sitting out contact this spring: WR Kyle Brown (achilles), OT Wilder McAndrews (wrist), DE Matt LaGrone (wrist), DE Tonu Tuimalealiifano (knee). Brandon Hardin (shoulder) is still being evaluated as to whether he'll be allowed to go full contact in spring ball.

No new developments on if RB Jeremy Francis will return to the fold, Francis left the team to be with his ailing mother.

While it was all but a foregone conclusion Mike Remmers would step into the starting left tackle role this spring following the graduation of Andy Levitre, over at right tackle Timi Oshinowo heads into the spring session as the leading candidate to start.

Casey Kjos is one of the leading starting receiver candidates this spring with '08 starters Shane Morales and Sammie Stroughter graduating. Riley was also excited about the spring prospects for his trio of redshirt freshmen receivers -- Jordan Bishop, Geno Munoz and Kevan Walker, and on Bishop in particular.

On the defensive line, Mitchel Hunt heads into the spring as the starting d-tackle opposite Stephen Paea. The starting defensive ends are Kevin Frahm and Ben Terry.

At corner, Riley said Tim Clark and Patrick Henderson head in atop the depth chart, with James Dockery and Brandon Hardin expected to push for playing time.

There was no official word from Riley on the hiring of Bruce Read as Oregon State's special teams coach but expect OSU to have the new coach in place by the time spring drills begin.

We'll have much more later on.

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