BF.C FALL THREE: Offense

THERE ARE MYRIAD items of interest to keep track of heading into the Beavs' fall camp and the 2010 season. Here are three things -- for each position -- on offense that you should know as fall camp gets underway today.

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QUARTERBACKS
  • With just four QBs on the roster, freshman Sean Mannion figures to get plenty of snaps in camp. The team doesn't graduate a quarterback until after the 2012 season.

  • Everyone agrees that sophomore Ryan Katz has one of the strongest arms not only in the Pac-10, but in the the nation.

  • Redshirt freshman Cody Vaz assumes the backup duties after Peter Lalich was kicked off of the team by Mike Riley.

 

RUNNING BACKS
  • Walk on Jordan Jenkins was awarded a scholarship in the summer and is firmly in the running to backup Quizz. The OSU coaches, as evidenced by Riley's repeated remarks since the spring, love his tough running style.
     
  • Since the coaches are pleased with the depth at running back, they could choose to use a a running back by committee to spell Quizz -- McCants for short yardage plays, Stevenson for passing plays, and Jenkins for everything.
     
  • 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 20 percent of the time, at least, in 2010.

 

RECEIVERS
  • Sophomore Markus Wheaton's role with the offense is set to increase exponentially. Look for him not only to stretch the field vertically, but also horizontally on fly sweeps and reverses.

  • It could be straight talk, or it could be an attempt to light a fire under the incumbents. Regardless, Riley told The Oregonian that Aaron Nichols could push his way into the starting lineup. Riley said, “I wouldn’t mind having him start at ‘X’ (split end) because we know that whatever we throw to him he’s going to catch it and he’s going to run the right route.’’

  • Junior Darrell Catchings probably won't be in the starting lineup if all holds true from the pre-fall camp depth chart, but he will be one of the first off of the bench as he backs up both split end and flanker.

 

OFFENSIVE LINE
  • Although senior Wilder McAndrews play in the spring was impressive, the coaches will not shuffle the starting lineup or move guys around. The starting five is slated to be: LT: Michael Philipp, LG: Grant Johnson, C: Alex Linnenkohl, RG: Burke Ellis and RT: Mike Remmers.

  • Junior Burke Ellis and sophomore Colin Kelly will take their competition for the starting right guard spot into fall camp, but the thinking here is to look for Ellis to win the spot quickly. If Ellis does start, he will be the third walk-on among the group to earn a starting spot, the others are juniors Grant Johnson and Mike Remmers.

  • Depth on the offensive line may be at its best ever. McAndrews almost cracked the starting lineup while sophomore Geoff Garner got plenty of snaps last year and is a future starter. Senior Ryan Pohl has experience and the coaches are extremely excited about redshirt freshman Josh Andrews who figures to start at center next season after Linnenkohl graduates and moves on, quite possibly to the NFL.

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