PROJECTED TWO DEEPS: Offense

THE OFFENSE NEEDS to replace only three starters next season, but there could still be plenty of shuffling on the two deeps -- especially on the offensive line. Here's BF.C's projection at what the two deeps will look like in April headed into spring ball, including bullet point commentary and analysis.

BF.C Offensive Depth Chart

POS NO NAME CL HT WT
SE 2 Markus Wheaton SO 6-0 167
  15 Darrell Catchings SR 5-11 179

COMMENT:  Wheaton's touches will increase significantly as he is prepped to be one of the go to receivers in 2011.

Catchings, who played in just two games due to injuries, will be back and looking to reclaim his starting spot.

SB 23 Jordan Bishop SO 6-3 199
  25 Casey Kjos SR 6-2 205
COMMENT:  By the end of the year Bishop and Kjos were splitting time equally in the slot. 

One can't ignore Bishop's athleticism and size and therefore he gets the pre-spring nod atop the depth chart.

Sophomore Kevan Walker, who returned punts in 2009, is also worth mentioning. He could lineup at any of the receiver spots.

LT 77 Michael Philipp SO 6-3 320
  72 Timi Oshinowo SR 6-6 289
COMMENT: Philipp in his first collegiate season turned in a solid campaign earning Freshman All-America honors. He is solidly entrenched as a starter.

The battle for the backup will be between Wilder McAndrews and Oshinowo who are both coming back from injuries.

Geoff Garner, who played as a true freshman, may redshirt with the return of Oshinowo and McAndrews to the lineup.

LG 70 Grant Johnson SO 6-3 278
  61 Michael Lamb SO 6-3 285
COMMENT:  Now with a year's worth of starts under his belt, Johnson will once again top the depth chart, but he's probably not a lock.

Fellow walk-on Lamb, along with a couple of redshirt freshmen, could certainly push for playing time.

C 60 Alex Linnenkohl SR 6-2 297
  56 Tyler Thomas RFR 6-2 290
COMMENT: Linnenkohl will be the team's top returning starter with 26 consecutive starts.

Since he is a senior look for a redshirt freshman to back him up (Thomas, Josh Andrews) and get valuable reps.  Or, Pohl could slide over as a backup if he is not a starter at guard.

RG 63 Ryan Pohl JR 6-3 284
  74 Burke Ellis JR 6-4 268
COMMENT:  The saga of Pohl continues.  Will he or won't he break through to become a starter? 

If he doesn't look for a walk on or redshirt freshman to battle for a top spot.

And don't forget about Colin Lyons who could finally crack the two deeps.

RT 50 Mike Remmers JR 6-4 299
  64 Colin Kelly SO 6-4 284
COMMENT:  Remmers, like Philipp, is a virtual lock as a starter.

The battle for the backup spot is where the action will be at...

Will it be Kelly, Oshinowo, or McAndrews?

TE 83 Brady Camp SR 6-4 259
  85 John Reese SR 6-3 240
COMMENT:  Camp returns for his final year while Reese, who redshirted last year as a junior, could have a breakout season.
H-B 87 Joe Halahuni JR 6-2 254
  82 Colby Prince SO 6-3 250

COMMENT:  One of the goals in the offseason will be finding a way to get Halahuni more involved in the offense.

His backup, Prince, is pretty athletic as well.

QB 12 Ryan Katz SO 6-1 208
  7 Peter Lalich SR 6-4 226
14 Cody Vaz RFR 6-1 208
COMMENT:  At this point, it is Katz's job to lose.

Developing Lalich into a solid number two is important too.

We've always been very high on Vaz and now that he has a year under his belt with the Beavs, keep a close eye on him this spring.

RB 1 Jacquizz Rodgers JR 5-7 193
  19 Jovan Stevenson SO 5-11 195
COMMENT:  Two-time first team All-Pac-10 pick Rodgers, obviously, tops the depth chart. 

Stevenson's touches should increase as he displayed flashes of star power in 2009.

Ryan McCants has a long way to go to earn playing time, but is still worth mentioning.

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

COMMENT:   Darkins once again gets the (nearly) thankless job of leading the way for Quizz. 

He did a great job in 2009, and with a year's experience and an offseason in the weightroom, will do an even better job in 2010.

FL 8 James Rodgers SR 5-7 185
  18 Geno Munoz SO 6-0 192
COMMENT:  Rodgers will be one of the top receivers in the conference in '10 and will look to add to his record breaking career.

Munoz played very sparingly during the season, but had a great fall camp.

 

NOTE: The Beavs lose starters QB Sean Canfield, OG Gregg Peat and WR Damola Adeniji to graduation.


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