Depth chart analysis - Offense

AT THE CONCLUSION of spring ball the offensive depth chart appears fairly well settled. But there are still questions at left tackle, backup running back and elsewhere. Here's a comprehensive rundown and the BF.C offensive two-deeps going forward into fall camp.

Offensive Depth Chart

SE 15 Darrell Catchings JR 5-11 179
  23 Jordan Bishop RFR 6-3 195
  80 Damola Adeniji SR 6-3 218

COMMENT: All three turned in a solid month of practice.  It was Catchings who really stepped his game up, torching the secondary time and time again and appearing to be prime-time ready to become the team's go-to receiver.

In the three spring scrimmages, he hauled in 16 passes for 470 yards and four touchdowns which includes a monster six catch 251 yard, two touchdown performance in the second scrimmage.

Bishop had a breakout spring capping April with a five catch 95-yard and one touchdown performance in the spring game. He also had a big day during the second spring scrimmage catching five balls for 148 yards and two scores.

Adeniji showed he can reliably go up in traffic and pull down the pigskin which should translate into some playing time.

SB 25 Casey Kjos JR 6-2 215
  10 Kevan Walker RFR 6-0 195
COMMENT: Kjos had a quiet, but solid month, as he hauled in four passes for 50 yards during the spring game. He looks to have a lock on the starting position.

Walker had a decent spring game catching four passes for 42 yards and one touchdown. He also had a big second scrimmage catching eight passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

LT 72 Timi Oshinowo SO 6-6 283
  64 Colin Kelly RFR 6-4 266
COMMENT: Coach Mike Cavanaugh was hoping Oshinowo or Kelly would put worries to rest and step up in the spring, but neither did. But the situation may have resolved itself anyway -- Unfortunately, Oshinowo hurt his knee during the spring game and may be out for the year.

Neither player performed badly in the starting battle, but they didn't develop as much as Cavanaugh had hoped either.  He loves Oshinowo's work ethic, his lengthy reach and his development since coming to Corvallis, but wants him to be more aggressive.

Cavanaugh really likes Kelly's technique and athleticism, but wants him to catch on quicker.

The first wildcard here is Wilder McAndrews -- he'll be back in the fall fully recovered from his wrist injury, but the coaches are taking a wait and see attitude and he needed the spring to develop his game.

The second wildcard? Don't count out incoming freshman Michael Philipp, the ultra heralded o-line recruit for the Beavs who is working his butt off in California and is either going to start or redshirt.

LG 63 Ryan Pohl JR 6-3 285
  61 Michael Lamb SO 6-3 267
COMMENT: With Lamb sidelined with a knee injury Pohl was the starter by default. 

Cavanaugh says the jury is still out on Pohl and he expects Lamb to give Pohl a run for the starting spot in the fall.

C 60 Alex Linnenkohl JR 6-2 291
  70 Grant Johnson SO 6-3 265
COMMENT: Mean, nasty, aggressive, mobile - all of those words describe Linnenkohl.

Cavanaugh really likes Johnson too saying the Linnenkohl/Johnson combination may be his best one-two punch at center since coaching in Corvallis. 

In fact Cavanaugh likes Johnson so much he may have him back up the guard positions as well.

RG 73 Gregg Peat JR 6-3 296
  74 Burke Ellis SO 6-4 249
COMMENT: Peat is the leader, and one of the hardest working players, on the offensive line and the team.  He was recently named one of the team's captains for the 2009 campaign. 

Cavanaugh calls him "a grinder" - praise only given to the best linemen by the coach.

Ellis is another talented walk-on who needs to play more consistently and if he does, while adding some muscle in the summer, he could find his way onto the two deeps. 

Like many of the offensive linemen he played both guard and tackle in the spring.

RT 50 Mike Remmers SO 6-4 286
  62 Geoff Garner FR 6-6 280
COMMENT:  With six starts under his belt Cavanaugh is looking for significant growth and leadership from Remmers.  At times he played superbly, at other times well below his potential.

Although just a true freshman Garner has already earned some compliments from Cavanaugh.  The offensive line coach loves Garner's passion for the game and football smarts, but he may redshirt him.

TE 88 Howard Croom SR 6-3 254
  83 Brady Camp JR 6-4 258
COMMENT:  Croom continues to do the dirty work that keeps the offense clicking.  He didn't catch many passes last year, but was and is a big part of the blocking game.

Camp could have a standout year in the receiving game -- he hauled in several touchdowns in spring practice.  With dependable hands and the penchant to deal out punishment, he could develop into one of Canfield's favorite targets.

H-B 85 John Reese SR 6-3 240
  87 Joe Halahuni SO 6-2 254
  82 Colby Prince RFR 6-3 250

COMMENT: All three H-backs produced in the spring. Reese is the most experienced of the bunch while Halahuni is perhaps the most explosive.

Prince might have a year to wait before seeing extensive playing time but he did turn in an impressive spring game, catching five passes for 33 yards - tops among the tight ends.

QB 5 Sean Canfield SR 6-4 220
  3 Lyle Moevao SR 5-11 220
  12 Ryan Katz RFR 6-1 208
  16 Justin Engstrom SO 6-5 208
COMMENT:  Canfield firmly took the number one spot displaying confidence which led to good decisions on the playing field.

Katz and Engstrom got more repetitions then expected with Moevao on the mend.  Katz looks to be the number two guy behind Canfield if Moevao isn't ready by Sept. 5.

Engstrom also had a decent, quiet 15-practices and, if need be, could step up into the number two spot. He makes smart, accurate decisions.

Going into fall the big question will be if Moevao is completely healed from rotator cuff surgery. If he is Riley has indicated he will compete with Canfield for the starting spot, if not he may not see the football field again as a Beav.

RB 1 Jacquizz Rodgers SO 5-7 193
  24 Ryan McCants SO 6-1 240
  19 Jovan Stevenson FR 5-11 195
COMMENT: Quizz was a little late to join spring practice and he was held out of contact drills altogether, though he did everything he was allowed once he arrived.  Getting him in pads and used to contact will be one of the priorities in August.

McCants had a rough spring, he didn't falter, but he didn't step up either.  And to make matters worse he hurt his knee late in the month.

Stevenson looked the best out of the backs in the scrimmages displaying nifty moves and confident hands.  He needs to add muscle before taking a pounding in the Pac-10 though.

FB 33 Will Darkins SO 6-1 224
  34 Jordan Jenkins RFR 6-1 205

COMMENT: There were definitely more I-formation and two back sets used in the spring than in recent years.

As expected Darkins was used primarily as a blocker and didn't shy away from contact.

Jenkins actually got lots of carries as a running back and looked good at times, but mainly when the third stringers were in.

FL 8 James Rodgers JR 5-7 185
  18 Geno Munoz RFR 6-0 187
  84 Taylor Kavanaugh SR 5-11 175
COMMENT: Rodgers already looked to be in midseason form and completely healed from his shoulder injury.  He was held out of contact drills as a precaution though.

Being on the sidelines in contact situations, Rodgers took the opportunity to assume a leadership role teaching his younger counterparts.

Munoz had an impressive spring displaying reliable hands and disciplined route running.

The blue collared Kavanaugh continued to compete and may see the field this year as a senior. He is fearless over the middle and rarely drops a pass.

Junior college transfer Reggie Dunn comes in the fall, but he'll need to earn playing time at receiver, it won't be handed to him. Look for him to, at least, however, make an impact on special teams.

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