- Depth at defensive end
is the big concern heading into fall camp. Among the candidates to backup
senior Gabe Miller and sophomore
Taylor Henry, they include junior
college transfer Dominic Glover,
true freshman Scott Crichton,
senior Mitchel Hunt and
redshirt freshman Mana Rosa.
- The tandem of seniors
Stephen Paea, one of the
top defensive lineman in the nation and an All-America candidate, and Brennan
Olander, a vastly underrated player, gives
the Beavers a potent one two punch in the interior. And with junior Kevin
Frahm coming on strong this spring, the Beavs also look to have some depth.
- Defensive lineman accounted for 10 of the team's 17 sacks in 2009 -- numbers that must significantly improve if OSU is to be in the race for the roses at year's end. From Miller to Henry and beyond, OSU will be looking to have a much more productive season on the edge and that figures to be emphasized throughout fall camp.
- Senior Keith
Pankey worked like mad to get back into shape for the season
and will start the fall atop the depth chart.
- One of the last unsettled
positions on the team is at middle linebacker where sophomoresTony
Wilson and Rueben Robinson
will be duking it out. Look for the players to share starting duties, ala
Keith Pankey and Dwight
Roberson, during the season with Wilson starting and Robinson
coming off of the bench.
- Look for true freshman Michael Doctor to not only make an impact on special teams, but also at linebacker. The coaches have been impressed with how quickly he has picked up things and his physical play.
- Depth at safety could
be at an all-time high. Juniors Lance
Mitchell and Cameron Collins
could be up for postseason awards while senior Suaesi
Tuimaunei turned in one of the better springs. Sophomores Anthony
Watkins and Josh LaGrone
along with redshirt freshman Dax Dilbeck
all have shown play making ability and could each sine on special teams.
- The first cornerback
off of the bench will be sophomore Jordan
Poyer. If you've been reading BF.C, you already know the coaches love his athletic ability
and want to get him on the field as much as possible.
- The coaches feel good about starting cornerbacks senior James Dockery and junior Brandon Hardin -- they just want more consistency out of the two, particularly Hardin. If they get that consistency they figure the secondary will be one of the top units in the Pac-10.
- Senior Justin
Kahut and junior Johnny Hekker didn't have any
back ups in the spring, but each has one now. Freshmen Max Johnson
out of Astoria High and Keith Kostol out of Tigard High both
joined the team in the fall.
- Junior Johnny
Hekker will serve as the team's holder. Hekker was a quarterback
in high school and has already been petitioning the coaches to call a fake
- Senior James Rodgers will once again return punts and kickoffs, but sophomores Kevan Walker, Markus Wheaton and Jordan Poyer are also in the mix.