SPRING PRIMER: Riley from A to Z

CORVALLIS -- From Casey Kjos to Mike Remmers to Colin Kelly to an evening spring practice session in Bend. From Sean Canfield to the Rodgers brothers to Timi Oshinowo to the special teams coach. From Patrick Henderson to Michael Philipp to a Wildcat Offense and beyond, here are 35 bullet points coming out of the sit-down with Oregon State's Mike Riley to get you primed and ready for spring ball.

  • Casey Kjos has a great opportunity this spring to elevate his game and step into the "Mr. Dependable" shoes of Shane Morales -- a critical playmaker at receiver this past season especially in third down situations.
  • There is a tentatively scheduled evening spring practice in Bend for April 24.
  • Riley said the starters at some positions headed into the spring constituted a rough draft. And things could look differently coming out of the spring session, at some spots.
  • At the cornerback position, Tim Clark and Patrick Henderson are slated as the starters heading into the spring.
  • They are backed up by James Dockery and Brandon Hardin along with David Ross and Keynan Parker.
  • One of the two primary focuses of the spring session said Riley would be filling in the ever reliable shoes of left tackle Andy Levitre. Mike Remmers has the spot now with Timi Oshinowo at the other starting tackle.
  • Backups at the tackle position are Colin Kelly and Geoff Garner. Riley seemed excited about Kelly's potential and how he might perform this spring.
  • Riley didn't dismiss the idea of incoming freshman Michael Philipp starting on the o-line. He said that traditionally OSU redshirts o-linemen but a decision will be made somewhere in mid-fall camp about his starting status. Riley said he envisions an all or nothing scenario -- if Phillip plays his true freshman season, it would be as a starter.
  • The starters at guard headed into the spring are Michael Lamb and Gregg Peat. Brent McNeil and Ryan Pohl are the backups.
  • Alex Linnenkohl maintains his starting center spot backed up by Grant Johnson.
  • The other main focus said Riley would be how the cornerback position sorts itself out – the Beavs are  replacing two corners projected as NFL Draft selections in Kennan Lewis and Brandon Hughes.
  • Coach Riley didn't dismiss running a wildcat offense at some point.
  • Lyle Moevao is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday and could be out anywhere between 6 weeks and 4 months, said Riley.
  • James and  Jacquizz Rodgers will participate in spring practice but will likely stay away from scrimmages.
  • Sean Canfield will be the first string quarterback going to spring practice. The trio backing him up:  Ryan Katz, Peter Lalich and Justin Engstrom.
  • Gabe Miller and Will Darkins have changed positions. Miller will play at DE, and Darkins will practice at running back and will be utilized as both a RB and a FB.
  • Both Miller and Darkins approached the coaches to express their interest in the changes.
  • Coach Riley named the trio of redshirt freshmen wide receivers – Geno Munoz, Jordan Bishop and Kevan Walker – as one of the things he's most interested to see this spring.
  • Coach Riley seemed to be particularly high on Bishop and expects him to be an X receiver or slot back. Munoz could end up as a flanker and Walker as a slot.
  • In addition to the Rodgers brothers, players who will take it easy in the spring practice with injuries are OT Wilder McAndrews (wrist), DE Matt LaGrone (wrist) and CB Brandon Hardin (wrist).
  • Others who will be sitting out spring camp contact because of injury are WR Kyle Brown (achilles), DL Tonu Tuimalealiifano (knee) and LB Paul Jones (knee).
  • Jeremy Francis' has been taking online classes to keep his academic eligibility intact. But his availability, (the running back remains home to help his ailing mother), continues to be up in the air.
  • Keaton Kristick heads into the spring as the starting strongside outside linebacker, with David Pa'aluhi at MIK and Keith Pankey/ Dwight Roberson sharing the WIL spot.
  • The main LB backups are Tony Wilson in the middle and Zane Norris at the outside positions.
  • The starting defensive line heading into spring: Kevin Frahm and Ben Terry as the DE's with Stephen Paea and Mitchell Hunt on the inside.
  • Gabe Miller and Evan Hull are the backup d-ends along with Taylor Henry and Andrew Seumalo. Henry could play a key special teams role because of his speed.
  • The interior of the d-line has some depth with Sioeli Nau, Brennan Olander, Jesse Fifita, Latu Moala, Castro Masaniai & Tom Hansen all in the fold.
  • Slated as starters at safety are Lance Mitchell and Suaesi Tuimaunei. Backups are Cameron Collins and Josh LaGrone.
  • The special teams coach hiring should be finalized by the beginning of spring camp. As reported earlier, Bruce Read is returning to Corvallis but OSU has not announced it and it is not considered official yet.
  • Another  redshirt freshman to keep an eye on is Colby Prince.
  • Riley feels Sean Canfield is "confident and excited" and has made strides in becoming a better QB from all perspectives.
  • Riley still hopes to have Moevao ready and to eventually have :two starting quarterbacks" by the season opener.
  • The starting kicker and punter positions – Justin Kahut and John Hekker -- will most likely be unchanged from last season this spring.
  • Riley also expects receiver Damola Adeniji to make a difference on offense.

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