Focusing in on the fall roster

BRENNAN SIM

IT MAY HAVE escaped more intense notice by Beaver fans, there can always be that tendency to tunnel vision in on the starters and pay less attention to most everyone else, but a report last week said only one of three walk-on quarterbacks at Oregon State would likely be invited to fall camp following the spring session. Which will it be?

Zach Anderson, Justin Engstrom and Brennan Sim were to all meet with OSU coach Mike Riley sometime this week as part of the standard sit downs following spring ball between coach and player. For the triumvirate of walk-on quarterbacks, the Portland Tribune reported, only one of them was likely to be invited to fall camp.

The news is mildly surprising for two reasons. One, the walk-on is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback behind whoever isn't the starter between Lyle Moevao and Sean Canfield. Ryan Katz is expected to be redshirted this season.

Second, Sim seemed to perform the best of the group overall during the course of the spring, while Engstrom undoubtedly opened some eyes with a very solid spring game outing, but only one will apparently be in camp come August.

Engstrom looks to be one of those quarterbacks who just don't seem to do their best work in practice situations, though it's not from a lack of effort. But college football history is also rife also with signal callers who have been hell on wheels when the whistle blows and who looked marginal at best in practice situations.

That's just the way some players are.

Engstrom did have his best moments going up against the OSU youth in the rookie portion of the spring game and didn't fare as well against the twos, but it was hard to ignore his performance.

ONE OF THE three walk-on punters will also probably be invited to fall camp, meaning two of the group including Kyle Harper, Josh Makepeace and Sean Sehnem, is likely to compete with incoming walk-on freshman Johnny Hekker and one other walk-on who will join in the fall.

The latter's name has not yet been disclosed because he's still a recruitable athlete until he enrolls at Oregon State.

THE VOLUNTARY OFFSEASON workouts in Corvallis are expected to see 75 to 80 OSU players, which would seemingly augur that nearly every player on scholarship along with the key walk-on contributors would be participating.

And equally important, the entire incoming freshman recruiting class is expected to get an early start, arriving in Corvallis on July 6 for Oregon State's "BEST program", (Bridge Encouraging Successful Transition).

The program began at Oregon State in the summer of 2006 and is a residential academic-intensive experience designed to prepare entering and transfer students for college life at OSU.

TICKET UPDATE:
OSU students can purchase Dad's Weekend tickets beginning May 19 for the Nov. 15 game against Cal. Parents of students may purchase up to two tickets for Dad's Weekend at $36 each -- a free student ticket will be processed with one parent ticket at the time of order. Call 1-800-GO-BEAVS or head to the Ticket Office in Gill Coliseum, Room 107, for all the details. Seating charts, donation levels and benefits and new season tickets are also now available online at osubeavers.com or by calling the OSU Ticket Office.

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