CORVALLIS -- Spring ball is underway for the Beavs, and it's a time when everything feels possible…
Pre-Spring Defensive Depth Chart Analysis
Left Defensive End:
Left Defensive Tackle
Right Defensive End:
Right Defensive Tackle:
NOTES: Kell above Fernando is a mild surprise, though it could mean little in the greater scheme of things. Still, Fernando's production did tail off in the latter half of the season and does this mean Kell has had an outstanding offseason? D-end is deep but DT has some questions. DTs Mana Rosa and Andrew Seumalo will be among the more interesting areas to watch. Potentially the Beavs' best d-tackle, Castro Masaniai, is out this spring rehabbing. Noa Aluesi is one to watch -- Riley raved about his potential this week. Harrah is expected to be limited this spring due to injury. Crichton, just a redshirt sophomore-to-be, has already established himself one of the conference's best d-ends after a monstrous 2011 season.
NOTES: While the three starters look fairly well set, keep an eye on Will Storey and Cade Cowdin. Riley talked up both this week. Sanders moves to linebacker this spring from safety. And he might not be the only safety making that move in 2012. Unga, Doctor and Welch all showed considerable promise this past season. Unga in particular could develop into one of the top middle 'backers in the conference if he can stay healthy and continues his upward trek. Akuna came into OSU with considerable fanfare but has yet to make a move up the depth chart -- does that change this spring? Tony Wilson's playing days look to be over due to chronic injury but the Beavs look fairly well stocked at the MIK, though inexperienced after the top two.
NOTES: Ashton will get a long look this spring, but Riley said he might end up at linebacker at some point. Zimmerman will also get lots of reps with starter Anthony Watkins out -- Riley said his ability is such that the Beavs will find a place for him. The starting corners look set in Poyer and Reynolds but Riley said it's one big question mark as to who will emerge behind them. Murphy showed glimpses this past season that he could develop into a top-notch Pac-12 safety. Marable moves to corner from running back and although he's still suspended for an off-field issue, Riley spoke about him in terms of spring ball.
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