BF.C CONCLUDES ITS pre-spring ball content with three things -- about each unit on the Oregon State defense -- that you should know heading into spring drills.
Due to concerns about
depth at defensive tackle three offensive lineman - junior walk-on Ben
Motter, redshirt freshmanJohn Braunand senior walk-on Nathan Hannah
and one defensive end junior Kevin Frahm - where converted
to defensive tackles in the winter. The coaches expect Motter and Frahm
to immediately be in the mix on the two deeps.
Although defensive coordinator
Mark Banker has said the defensive line starters are set, defensive
line coach Joe Seaumalo may start sophomore Taylor
Henry atop the depth chart instead of Matt
LaGrone in hopes of lighting a fire under the big fella.
Hunt and redshirt freshman Mana Rosa will both miss
spring practice nursing injuries. Rosa, just one of two underclassman defensive
ends on scholarship, was expected to compete for playing time at defensive
Even with all of the departures, if Pankey returns
to the lineup, coach Mike Riley believes the unit can be
just as good if Pa'aluhi would have returned.
The coaches are super excited about freshman linebacker
Michael Doctor who enrolled in January as a grayshirt. The super athletic 216-pound prospect has made major strides since arriving on campus and could
play on special teams.
Although three of four starters, and one part time
starter, return in the secondary Banker says all starting spots are open.
Although both Josh
LaGrone and Anthony Watkins
missed a good chuck of last year due to injuries the coaches expect the duo
to hit the ground running by helping fill out the two deeps and spark the
With both Matt Barker
and Ryan Allen receiving scholarships
to play at other schools the roster only has one kicker - Justin
Kahut. Expect the team to add a walk on kicker soon.
The team also has only one punter - Johnny
Hekker - who will serve as the backup placekicker too.
A laundry list of players are set to compete for kickoff
and punt return duties. James Rodgers, Kevin Walker,
Markus Wheaton and Jordan Poyer will vie
for a punt return role while James, Poyer, Wheaton, Rashaad Reynmolds,
Dax Dilbeck and Jovan Steveson will battle
for a kickoff return role.