SPRING: News and notes from Planet Beav

JUST THREE MONTHS have passed since the conclusion of the 2008 football campaign for Oregon State, but there have been plenty of changes up and down the roster. With the spring session just hours away, here are the latest news and notes from Planet Beav.

- Spring links -

LINKS: Two Deeps | Roster | Spring Schedule | Spring Prospectus | Message Boards

Pre-spring articles : Six to watch: Defense | Six to watch: Offense
The good, the bad, the question
QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | C | OG | DT | DE | S | CB | LB

More coverage: Riley on Moevao, news and notes galore | How QB shapes up for spring | Miller and Darkins can draw on experience | Riley from A-Z | Cornerback a key focus for Riley this spring


- Roster updates -

Limited or out:

  • WR Kyle Brown - Achilles (out)
  • RB Jeremy Francis - family business (out)
  • OT Wilder McAndrews - wrist (out)
  • QB Lyle Moevao - shoulder (out)
  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers - shoulder (no contact)
  • WR James Rodgers - collarbone (limited contact)
  • DE Matt LaGrone - wrist (out)
  • DE Tonu Tuimalealiifano - knee (out)
  • CB Brandon Hardin - shoulder (limited contact)


New high school scholarship players:

  • RB Jovan Stevenson (5-11, 195) - A grayshirt who joined in the team in Jan. of 2009; has already added 15 pounds of muscle and will get extra carries due to the coaches holding Quizz out of scrimmages

  • OL Geoff Garner (6-6, 280) - Another grayshirt who enrolled in Jan. of 2009; expected to suit up at offensive tackle

  • None


New walk ons:

  • RB Chris Roth (5-11, 211) - A bruising tailback at over 210 plus pounds who also played center at Canby High; comes to OSU as a junior with no college experience

  • S Colin McLoed (6-0, 196) - Earned first team all state honors as a safety at Wilsonville as a senior; comes to OSU as a sophomore with no college experience


Position changes:

  • Will Darkins moved from linebacker to running back
  • Gabe Miller moved from tight end to defensive end


Graduated (starts):

  • C Marcus Henderson (0)
  • WR Chris Johnson (2)
  • OT Andy Levitre (39)
  • WR Shane Morales (13)
  • OG Adam Speer (26)
  • WR Sammie Stroughter (29)
  • OT Tavita Thomposon (13)
  • S Al Afalava (36)
  • DT Pernell Booth (12)
  • DE Victor Butler (14)
  • LB Dennis Christopher (0)
  • LB Isaiah Cook (0)
  • MLB Bryant Cornell (14)
  • S Austin Hall (1)
  • CB Brandon Hughes (43)
  • S Greg Laybourn (15)
  • CB Keenan Lewis (47)
  • LB Casey Noack (0)
  • DE Slade Norris (13)


Returning starters (starts):

  • WR Darrell Catchings (9)
  • TE Howard Croom (23)
  • K Justin Kahut (13)
  • C Alex Linnenkohl (13)
  • QB Lyle Moevao (15)
  • OG Gregg Peat (15)
  • LS Marcus Perry (13)
  • OT Mike Remmers (7)
  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers (10)
  • WR James Rodgers (13)
  • P Johnny Hekker (13)
  • LB Keaton Kristick (13)
  • DT Stephen Paea (12)
  • LB Keith Pankey (13)


- Position battles -


RB – Ryan Katz vs. Peter Lalich
If Moevao doesn't heal as planned Katz or Lalich could be called into action if Canfield goes down.

OG – Ryan Pohl vs. Mike Lamb vs. Brent McNeil
Pohl has two starts under his belt, but needs a strong showing in the spring to show he has what it takes to start. Lamb is another walk-on who will start the spring number one on the depth chart while McNeil will push for playing time if things off of the field, as Riley alluded to but didn't spell out, don't slow him down.

OT– Timi Oshinowo vs. Colin Kelly
Oshinowo starts the 15-practices atop the depth chart, but the coaches are high on Kelly's potential.

K - Justin Kahut vs. Matt Barker
After a rough first season Kahut needs a strong showing in spring camp to put the coaches mind at ease. The return of special teams coach Bruce Read should help.



CB – Patrick Henderson vs. Brandon Hardin vs. James Dockery
Henderson is the most experienced of the bunch and therefore begins April on top, but Hardin had a solid year on special teams and Dockery, if healthy, is a playmaker.

OLB – Keith Pankey vs. Dwight Roberson
Roberson gunned for Pankey's starting spot all of last year and after a breakout sophomore campaign, Roberson could jump to the top of the depth chart this spring.

DT – Sioeli Nau vs. Mitchel Hunt vs. Brennan Olander
Each of the above three got plenty of playing time last year and its anyone's guess who will claim the starting spot coming out of the spring session.

DE – Gabe Miller vs. Taylor Henry
The coaches are very excited about Henry and his speed. They're also anxious to see what Miller can do in switching from the offensive to the defensive side of the pigskin.

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