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Life on the OSU d-line after Paea

DE SCOTT CRICHTON

THEIR COUNTERPARTS will get more press this offseason -- improved play on the o-line is paramount for the Beavs in 2011 -- but significant retooling awaits the Beaver d-line, too. Headliner Stephen Paea is gone, lost to graduation but so are fellow starting DT Brennan Olander and starting d-end Gabe Miller. With that comes uncertainty. It also means opportunities galore.

The big question on the d-line this spring is how ready are a number of Beavers to not only start, but excel, at the Pac-12 level. And OSU could really do with multiple players doing just that -- Oregon State was eighth in total defense in the Pac-10 this past season, and dead last in opponents' third-down conversions allowed. Senior Kevin Frahm, who moved to d-tackle from d-end last year...

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