RILEY: Reese may redshirt

LOTS OF NEWS and nuggets coming out of Corvallis this morning. A junior competing for a starting job might instead redshirt. Others, including a few freshmen, will hit the field on Saturday. At WIL, there's a new listed starter but the situation remains the same. Read on for more..

Mike Riley says the Beavs are considering redshirting fourth year senior John Reese.

The starting tight end for Portland State is Brady Camp with Howard Croom, who returned recently from a concussion, backing him up. The starting H-Back is Joe Halahuni, with Colby Prince the No. 2.

If everyone can stay healthy, Riley said he may redshirt Reese and bring him back next year.

"This could all change at the drop of the hat with an injury," said Riley.

OUT FOR PSU, said Riley, are Lyle Moevao, (shoulder, illness), Darrell Catchings (wrist), Keynan Parker (shoulder) and Brennan Olander (knee).

Markus Wheaton (NCAA Clearinghouse) remains out and Peter Lalich is still waiting for word on his appeal to gain back a year of eligibility. Riley said he expects to hear on Lalich before game time, no word on when the green light might come on Wheaton.

Wheaton, when he receives clearance, will not redshirt, said Riley. Other youngsters who will play this season include Michael Philipp, Geoff Garner, Devin Unga and Kevin Unga, Rueben Robinson and Jordan Poyer.

The Unga brothers will start on special teams and back up at linebacker, as will Robinson, said the head man of the Beavs.

"I think we're still going to redshirt about 24 guys," said Riley.

LAST SEASON, LINEBACKER Keith Pankey started at WIL with Dwight Roberson sharing about equal reps by Week 3. Headed into the '09 opener, Roberson is the starter. But Riley said the plan remains for both to get plenty of turns.

"I consider them both starters," said Riley.

Ryan Katz is the No. 2 quarterback behind Sean Canfield. Jovan Stevens is the backup running back behind Jacquizz Rodgers. Receiver was hit hard during fall camp with injury.

"We've lost some continuity at receiver with all of that stuff. But we've also gained a lot," said Riley.

That includes the emergence of Damola Adeniji, Geno Munoz and Jordan Bishop, all of whom have had good camps.

Other positions are also seeing a return health.

"Health-wise, we're actually getting some guys back," said Riley.

That includes Lance Mitchell, Anthony Watkins and Cameron Collins, who have all returned recently from various dings.

MOST PROGNOSTICATORS ARE predicting an easy win for Oregon State against PSU. Riley, however, is having none of it.

There are unknowns, he said, with a new offensive coordinator following the retirement of the Mouse Davis. And Portland State has almost always fielded a prolific passing offense over the years -- and that is a concern for Riley with the inexperience in the secondary.

"It will be a tremendous test for us with a whole new secondary," said Riley.

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