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Spring primer - Defense

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THE FRONT SEVEN for the Beavs will feature a decidedly new look in 2008, as BF.com continues its position by position look at the Oregon State football team, this time focusing on the defensive side of the ball. The top run defense in the country must replace all three linebackers and a starting d-line that included a couple of All-Pac-10 defensive ends --- but a strong secondary returns intact.

Defensive line Key losses:  Dorian Smith (first team All-Pac-10, 42 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 6 sacks), Jeff Van Orsow (second team All-Pac-10, 43 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception), starting DTs Gerald Lee, Curtis Coker Sackmasters Victor Butler and Slade Norris will assume defensive end starting duties in the spring after each turned in superb junior years. But their starting...

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