RELATED: Injury report
NOTE: Injured players are not included on the depth chart
missed a couple of practices with pinkeye early on allowing Wheaton extra
snaps. The extra time for Wheaton paid off as he grabbed the starting position
halfway through camp. Catchings will play plenty, but he needs to add some
muscle in the summer months.
Despite being in his first spring practice Gwacham, who will redshirt, impressed onlookers with his size and ability, but is a year or two away from contributing. Munoz is also another player who will have to wait a year before contributing significantly.
SUMMARY: Bishop had the slot locked up going into spring and most assuredly has it coming out of spring practice. Nichols was awarded a scholarship early in April and had his usually solid camp.
Walker and Singler, who had a monster spring game hauling in six passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns, are another two players who are at least one year out from seeing the playing field.
SUMMARY: With Michael Philipp out for most of the spring due to knee surgery, Oshinowo and McAndrews received a ton of extra repetitions. The great news is McAndrews performed so well the coaches are thinking about leaving him at tackle and moving Philipp to left guard.
Either way, a) Philipp will be starting this fall and b) the spring really helped develop the depth chart on the o-line, giving the Beavers some decent talent if any of the starters get injured during the season.
SUMMARY: Perhaps Pohl has broken through, kinda. He started the spring atop the depth chart and ended it the same way. He didn't always play with the first team though, and when Grant Johnson returns, or if Philipp is moved inside, Pohl will either raise his game or be moved down the depth chart.
Either way, in similar fashion to left tackle, Pohl and Lamb received extra snaps due to Johnson being hurt, which is beneficial for the future.
|SUMMARY: Nothing much changed from start to end of camp at center -- although Andrews and Magnuson both had issues getting on the same page as the quarterbacks during the spring game resulting in several muffed and errant snaps, both in shotgun and up under center.|
SUMMARY: Although Ellis and Kelly rotated with the first and second unit, it was Ellis who played primarily with the first team. But that may not matter if Philipp is moved to guard -- it could produce a trickle down effect pushing Ellis down the depth chart behind Johnson, if Pohl also remains a starter.
Once again, either way, the team has another solid, walk-on offensive lineman starting or solidifying the two-deeps. Lyons will have to wait a year before playing. True freshman Beaton will redshirt.
SUMMARY: Before the start of spring practice, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh sat down with Remmers and told him that a player's junior tape is what makes or breaks it for scouts in the NFL. Cavanaugh wants Remmers, a former walk-on, to become a dominate tackle, a player who punishes the opposition in the mold of Jeremy Perry -- and that is why the Beaver o-line coach was so harsh with the former walk-on in the spring.
That tough love might well pay huge dividends for the Beavs' running and passing games.
With McAndrews and Oshinowo stepping up, Garner was not talked about much but he, along with Oshinowo, will be the primary backups at tackle. Enger is a year out before contributing.
SUMMARY: You know that one player who just grinds it out every day, but doesn't get much love? That player on this year's OSU team is Camp. With great athletes in the slot, (Jordan Bishop) and at h-back, (Joe Halahuni) Camp's main responsibility is to block, but he has solid hands, too, and might be the most well rounded tight end on the team.
As the lone underclassman tight end/h-back, Prince is the future of the program - and the future looks very bright. Super athletic and with great hands, he is a great change of pace from Camp -- a potential Joe Newton type of player.
SUMMARY: A pesky sprained ankle slowed down Halahuni near the end of the month, but he and Katz started to develop a nice relationship this spring. The same can be said for Reese, who could be gearing up for a great year after redshirting in 2009.
Both are very potent offensive weapons with big
SUMMARY: The coaches aren't making anything official, but anyone who has watch practice knows Katz is clearly the No. 1 quarterback. The most interesting development is the battle for number two which is currently being slugged out by Lalich and Vaz, and the redshirt freshman looked to be winning as spring came to a close.
The two started to share snaps with the second team during Week 4 of spring drills.
SUMMARY: Perhaps the most improved unit from the start to the end of spring is the running backs. Riley hinted that the running backs could each have specific roles this season and that is what has happened. Stevenson will be used for passing plays, McCants and Jenkins for short yardage plays and Rodgers for everything.
That's good, but the coaches want the backups to develop all of their skills so teams can't predict what the offense is going to run based on the personnel in the game.
One thing is for sure though - expect to see a lot more two back sets in 2010.
SUMMARY: Maybe I spoke too soon about the player that grinds it out and doesn't get the spotlight. Darkins definitely fits that mold and because he just blocks he rarely gets any love. His toughness not only helps Quizz, but also Katz when he rolls out or decides to tuck it and run.
SUMMARY: It probably doesn't really matter who lines up under center, Rodgers would transition into a healthy relationship with anyone, but it was still good to see the Rodgers-Katz connection often - especially when stretching the field.
The rest of the players - Hatfield, Hall and Cummings - will all have to wait at least another year for significant playing time with Rodgers up front and Catchings backing up both the split end and flanker.
Hatfield needs to add some weight and Cummings will redshirt. redshirt.