FROM BF.C to OSUBeavers.com to The Oregonian and beyond, there has been no shortage of pre-spring look-aheads. We're making it easy for you in case you didn't want to read through each and every article out there -- here are three things you should know about each unit for the Beavs on offense.
Although sophomore Ryan
Katz starts the spring sessions as the number one quarterback, according
to Mike Rileyand Danny Langsdorf,
the starting quarterback spot is wide open competition between Katz and junior Peter
Lalich. Each, also say the coaches, will receive equal reps until one separates from the
Langsdorf recently told Kerry Eggers of The
Portland Tribune that Katz has the strongest arm out of all the quarterbacks
he has taught in Corvallis. "Ryan has the strongest
arm for any quarterback since I've been here at Oregon
State – stronger than Sean or Lyle (Moevao) or Matt (Moore)," Langsdorf
said. "He is very impressive throwing the ball."
The Beavers have just four quarterbacks on the roster
(Katz, Lalich, Cody Vaz and Jack
Lomax) which means more repetitions for every athlete. Last
year at this time the team had seven quarterbacks on the roster.
Junior Jacquizz Rodgers figures to get more
snaps and contact this spring, but don't expect him to play in any
scrimmages. He has nothing to prove and it is not worth the risk of
him getting hurt.
Ten to fifteen percent of the time Oregon State used
a fullback last year. Due to junior Will
Darkins high level of play last season and the variety of options
a fullback set provides the coaches plan on using a fullback significantly
more in 2010.
A plethora of underclassmen are set to make a push
into the two deeps. Specific players that Riley is looking for to step
up include sophomores Geno Munoz and
The coaches experiment with sophomore Markus Wheaton
in the James Rodgers' fly sweep role resulted in limited success last
season. No matter - they think Wheaton can do better stretching the
field vertically rather than horizontally. Wheaton and junior Darrell Catchings will equally split time at split end.
Longtime walk on Aaron Nichols is set to
receive a scholarship. "Aaron deserves it," Langsdorf told the
Portland Tribune. "He has played three positions for us and done a great
job. If you had to rank our receivers, he's fifth"
Last year junior Mike
Remmers was considered the best pass blocker on the team, but freshman
All-American Michael Philipp may grab
that title soon. If Philipp is the best pass blocker he could be moved
to left tackle to protect Katz or Lalich's backsides.
Starting right guard Grant Johnson will miss
spring practice with a shoulder injury, but was recently awarded a
scholarship. He is the second current walk on offensive lineman to earn a
starting spot and then a scholarship - the other is Remmers.