THERE ARE CHANGES aplenty on the offensive line heading into the spring at Oregon State, as seen on…
COMMENTARY: Spring optimal time to shuffle OL
Mike Remmers moves from right tackle to left tackle.
Michael Philipp moves from left tackle to right tackle.
Grant Johnson moves from left guard to center.
Joshua Andrews moves from center to left guard.
The reasoning? Remmers is seen as the best pass blocker, so he'll protect Ryan Katz' blind side. Cav has contemplated moving Philipp inside to guard seemingly forever. But Cav still obviously believes his best position is at tackle. Riley said they wanted to stay away from information-overload with Andrews, so Johnson will take the center spot.
The moves came only after a months-long period of discussion and debate, said Riley.
The left tackle spot isn't completely new to Remmers, he spent a spring there in '09 and a handful of practices during both spring drills and fall camp in 2010, he also played left tackle.
But don't rule out Philipp. There was a reason he started as a true freshman, a reason he came in as a heralded recruit. He's going to be entering just his third year in the OSU program, and his ability to develop and get reps in the spring and fall last year was obliterated due to knee and ankle injuries plus a broken nose. It will not be a surprise if Philipp has an outstanding spring.
Johnson began his career at center. But how both he and Andrews take to their respective spots this spring is anyone's guess. It does make sense to put Andrews at guard rather than center if Andrews hasn't quite yet mastered all the pre-snap reads and other responsibilities of playing center, perhaps the most involved position on a football team save for quarterback.
It's also worth noting this is spring ball. It's not as if it's set in stone. Darryl Jackson has already turned heads since arriving in January and although he's a rookie, he might press for time. And who knows what other players might emerge among the o-linemen this spring.
And at the end of the day, if you're going to experiment and tinker, now is definitely the time to do it.
"It's the way we're going to start out,'' said Riley.
That OSU is making moves on the o-line after a disappointing 2010 season, and aggressive ones at that, can only be for the better.
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