SPRING BALL: Five to watch on offense

FROM THE OFFENSIVE line to the quarterback spot. From the ranks of the wide receivers to the offensive backfield. Oregon State's spring ball session kicks off in just a few days, and here are five players on offense to keep your eyes on.

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WR Darrell Catchings

After missing the majority of 2009 with a hand injury and a high ankle spring Catchings will be looking to pick up where he left off one year ago.

The junior, who was recently awarded a medical hardship season, dominated spring and fall camps last season as he positioned himself to be one of the team's top targets.

A strong showing in April would not only help Ryan Katz's transition into a starter, but also help some of the younger receivers ease into larger roles as well as lessening the offensive burden on the Rodgers brothers.

 

QB Ryan Katz

Excited. Cautious. Optimistic. All of those words describe Beaver fan's feelings towards a new quarterback under center.

History has shown a new quarterback in Corvallis usually means a lot of interceptions, but that trend may change.

Katz is entering his third spring practice making him one of the most experienced underclassman on the team.

The sophomore is well aware of the past quarterbacks struggles and has put in extra time studying the playbook. If his understanding of the playbook is solid then he will be making his reads fast and getting rid of the ball quickly.

A strong showing in the spring could set the foundation for a solid fall and another run at postseason play.

 

OG Colin Kelly

With Gregg Peat's graduation and Grant Johnson sitting out spring practice the depth chart at offensive guard is wide open.

Kelly recently switched from tackle to guard and is expected to make a strong push for playing time.

He struggled to pick up the concepts on the outside, but may excel on the inside.

If Kelly can make a case to be a starter it would make offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh's job that much easier.

 

RB Ryan McCants

Fully healed from his knee surgery and well aware of the criticism McCants enters his junior season.

With sophomore Jovan Stevenson and two time offensive scout MVP Jordan Jenkins coming on strong it is time for the 229-pound player to produce or be buried on the depth chart.

 

OG Ryan Pohl

This Philippine born player couldn't ask for a better scenario. Both guard positions are up for grabs and the door is wide open for him - he just has to step through.

Pohl is versatile enough where he has played every position on the line, but he has not broken through to the starting lineup since the 2007 season when he started two games at left tackle.

The team needs him to take a step forward in the spring to start solidifying the offensive line. If he does, it once again would makes Cavanaugh's life easier -- along with that of the entire offense.


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