SPRING PREVIEW: Offensive line

WITH FOUR OF five spots set on the offensive line, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh has it easy compared to years past. Well, maybe not "easy" but there are certainly far fewer questions this spring. The one starter's job up for grabs is at left guard and with the other OG starter out this spring, others have a chance to shine. BF.C delves into all that plus who's trending up and much more.



Four of five starters return for a combined 72 starts which should help Ryan Katz during first year under center. Center Alex Linnenkohl and offensive tackle Mike Remmers are two of the most experienced players on the team with 26 and 20 career starts respectively.

Linnenkohl has improved leaps and bounds each year and could be in line for post season honors after earning honorable mention recognition a year ago. Remmers has taken a leadership role and is getting better.  Although Michael Philipp is just a sophomore he is one of the most talented lineman on the team.

A girth of players - Goeff Garner, Timi Oshinowo, Burke Ellis and others - are ready to help fill out the team two deeps and possibly push for playing time. The same goes for some of the underclassmen, specifically John Braun and Grant Enger.


First team all-conference pick and 28 game starter Gregg Peat is gone leaving a large hole at guard. Unfortunately thirteen game starter Grant Johnson will miss spring practice due to shoulder surgery which hurts his development and the line's development as a whole.

Wilder McAndrews will most likely quit football due to recurring wrist and hand injuries.  Last spring before his injuries he was in contention for starting offensive tackle duties and if he was healthy this season he would help fill out the two deeps.


Who will fill the vacant guard position left by Gregg Peat?


  • OG Grant Johnson (shoulder) - had surgery in January and will miss spring practice
  • OT Timi Oshinowo (knee) - started to practice in Oct.; will play in the spring
  • OT Rory Ross (knee) - had surgery in Dec.; will miss spring practice


Ryan Pohl. Will he be able to climb out of Mike Cavanaugh's doghouse during his final season in Corvallis? With Johnson missing spring practice and a hole on the line at guard vacated by Peat, Pohl has the perfect opportunity to step in and solidify what could be a solid offensive line.



Once again Cavanaugh will have to patch his offensive line together. Center (Linnenkohl), the tackles (Remmers/Philipp) and left guard (Johnson) are set with right guard and the backup positions across the line wide open.

With Johnson out of contention for now the top candidates for playing time include Pohl, junior Michael Lamb, who injured his left knee limiting his playing time last season, and junior Burke Ellis, who will start the spring atop the depth chart.

Ideally Pohl would get his head on straight and grab the starting spot, but that seems unlikely since he has had multiple opportunities in the past. Ellis and recently converted tackle Colin Kelly look to be the top contenders for the right guard position.

Keep your eye on Kelly as he never got comfortable at tackle, but could find a home on the inside of the line.

Cavanaugh hopes to find a starter by the end of camp then its figuring out the two deeps. Lamb, Pohl and redshirt freshman Tyler Thomas will help out in that area.

At tackle it is all about finding the right backups. The top candidates include Timi Oshinowo, if he can stay healthy, and redshirt freshman Grant Enger.

Since there seems to plenty of depth, the staff may choose to redshirt Geoff Garner, who played last year as a true freshman.  But he is talented and if McAndrews truly does quit football Garner might be needed for depth.


  • Jr. Mike Remmers (6-4, 305) - one of the most experienced players on the offensive line...former walk-on who earned a scholarship before the 2009 season...20 starts, 13 straight...one of the leaders on offense...athletic...Cavanaugh wants him to more aggressive and "bury" the defenders
  • Sr. Timi Oshinowo (6-6, 288) - if healthy will push for playing time...made a huge leap in development last year before hurting his knee in the spring and missing all of the 2009 season...dropped 20 pounds from 2008 to spring practice of 2009...Cavanaugh says his "feet and pass sets have improved dramatically"...a very hard worker...needs to be more consistent and use his length more effectively
  • Sr. Wilder McAndrews (6-4, 282) - awarded a scholarship in summer of 2009 after walking on in 2007...Cavanaugh says he has all the tools one looks for in an offensive lineman...coaches love that he is mobile and athletic...reportedly was going to retire from football due to recurring injuries, but is giving it one last shot
  • So. Geoff Garner (6-6, 301) - one of eight true freshman to play in 2009...could redshirt this season...one of the most physically imposing players who is working hard to drop his body fat percentage and add muscle...smart and athletic...a student of the game
  • So. Michael Philipp (6-3, 307) - named one of the most improved players on the team following the 2009 season...coach Cavanaugh calls Philipp, "phenomenal"...became the first true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at Oregon State since 1997...one of eight true freshman to play in 2009...named to CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele’s All-Freshman first team...13 game starter...great feet and balance...smart; picks up things quickly...Cavanaugh compares him to Andy Levitre
  • RFr. Grant Enger (6-5, 256) - expected to compete for a backup position...a big frame with plenty of room to grow...can change direction quickly for a big man...redshirted last year...added over 20 pounds during his redshirt year


  • Sr. Alex Linnenkohl (6-2, 303) - a fierce competitor...nickname is The Tasmanian Devil...honorable mention all-Pac-10 honors last season...26 consecutive starts, the most on the team...one of the leaders on offense...Cavanaugh says he can be as good as he wants to be...close to being a dominate center, just needs a little tweaking in regards to his calls and command of the offense...looking for a big leap and Pac-10 honors as a senior...added around six pounds to his frame, but still kept his mobility since end of '09
  • RFr. Josh Andrews (6-2, 278) - named MVP of the offensive scout teams...expected to compete for a backup position...smart and agile...very athletic...redshirted in '09

  • RFr. Aaron Magnuson (6-3, 308) - one of the larger players on the team tipping the scales at 307...still needs a year or so in the system before contributing...walked on in 2009 and redshirted...moved from guard to center in spring of 2010


  • Sr. Ryan Pohl (6-3, 284) - the enigma of the offensive line...two starts...beat out last year by Johnson for left guard...listed as the backup center on the two deeps...has played every position on the line...keeps getting beat out for a starting position
  • Jr. Grant Johnson (6-3, 280) - named one of the most improved players on the team following the 2009 season...13 game starter last year at left guard...has played every position on the offensive line - started out as backup center before being moved to guard...recently awarded a scholarship in March of 2010...will miss spring practice due to shoulder surgery...Cavanaugh says he is "smart, athletic and tough"...excels at pulling...one of the most consistent players on the o-line last year

  • So. Colin Kelly (6-4, 285) - played with first team offense in spring ball last year, but didn't stick...will compete for a backup spot...very athletic with good feet, power and balance...not picking up things as quickly as the coaches would like him to...moved from tackle to guard in spring of 2010
  • RFr. Tyler Thomas (6-2, 301) - with the depth chart wide open Thomas could make a push into the two deeps..."explosive" according to Cavanaugh...a wrester in high school...redshirted last year...added over 10 pounds during his redshirt season
  • Jr. Burke Ellis (6-4, 280) - a walk on who is a top candidate to earn a scholarship...expected to compete for a starting spot...could make a leap into the two deeps...needs to add some strength...also played tackle...added 12 pounds during the season

  • So. Colin Lyons (6-3, 275) - very strong and good push...could slide up the depth chart with a good showing in the spring...dropped 20 pounds from last year to this year

  • So. Rory Ross (6-3, 278) - has done a good job of adding weight...needs to refine mechanics before getting any playing time...had right knee surgery in Dec. of 2009...will miss spring practice
  • Jr. Michael Lamb (6-3, 282) - slowed by a knee injury in the spring last year...expected to compete for starting spot...a walk on who is a top candidate to earn a scholarship...explosive with balance and power...was the starter heading into spring practice a year ago
  • Fr. Michael Beaton (6-2, 284) - grayshirt who enrolled in spring of 2010...honorable mention all-state offensive and defensive lineman as Dallas High as a senior...aggressive and loves to get into this secondary blocks


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