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    2016 Oregon State Spring Football: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    March 12, 2016


    2016 Oregon State Spring Football: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.


    Good news, the only way is up at Oregon State …

    Gary Andersen inherited a rotten situation from Mike Riley that actually turned out to be worse than originally anticipated. The Beavers went from a plucky, relatively steady outfit to shades of the pre-Dennis Erickson days, when 10-loss seasons weren’t uncommon. OSU not only went 2-10 in 2015, but also was rarely even competitive. Even worse, the one-time quarterbacks of the future, Seth Collins and Nick Mitchell, and top defender, LB Rommel Mageo, elected to transfer. This will continue to be a long and incremental process that’s measured in more than just wins and losses.

    No One Is Worried About … 

    The defensive backfield. Well, technically the Beavers are worried about every corner of the two-deep. Relatively speaking, though, the foundation is strongest in the secondary, where five different DBs played at least 400 snaps a season ago. Improvement is still needed, but seasoning on the last line of defense is less of a worry this season.

    Extra Attention Must Be Given To …  

    The quarterbacks. The Beavers are actually in good shape at receiver with Jordan Villamin, Victor Bolden and Hunter Jarmon. But who gets them the ball, Marcus McMaryion or Utah State transfer Darell Garretson, neither of whom is considered a prolific downfield threat? Andersen must sort out his quarterback situation between now and the opener.

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