SPRING BALL: Five to watch on defense

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR Mark Banker recently said that every starting spot on defense, except the defensive line is up for grabs. With spring ball kicking off on Monday, here are five Beavers from the Oregon State stop corps to keep an eye on.

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DT Kevin Frahm
Kevin Frahm has always been advertised to be one of the strongest members of the team and now he gets to put his brute strength to the test as he moves from the outside to the inside of the defensive line.

The coaches were looking for depth at defensive tackle and may have found it.

It still remains to be seen if the 267-pound player will be effective and he still needs to add some weight in the offseason, but Frahm may be a perfect compliment to the quicker Stephen Paea and Brennan Olander.


DE Gabe Miller
The player that made one of the biggest leaps in terms of development between the end of the season and spring camp is Gabe Miller who recently ran the fastest 10-yard dash on the entire team.

The team really needs Miller to become a consistent pass rusher to take some heat off of Olander and Paea in the middle.


CB Jordan Poyer
Although two starting cornerbacks return in James Dockery and Brandon Hardin super athlete Jordan Poyer is pounding on the door for playing time.

The coaches played him at both safety and cornerback last season before settling on cornerback in 2010.

If last year's inconsistencies continue with Dockery and Hardin, Poyer could crack the starting lineup as a sophomore.


LB Devin Unga
With Keith Pankey out for the spring, and most likely some of the season, it is imperative that Devin Unga integrate smoothly and quickly into the starting lineup.

If his past success is any indication of his future performance Unga will have no problem with the first team busting heads in Pankey's absence.


MLB Tony Wilson
The door is wide open on defense for several younger players to step up.  One of those players is Tony Wilson who, despite missing all of 2009 recovering from knee surgery, starts the spring with the first team following the departure of David Pa'aluhi.

At a solid 230-pounds Wilson hits like a truck, but has the speed to track down a ball carrier.  The coaches also love his smarts and football instincts.

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