Fall Camp Storylines: Questions abound on OL

IT IS ARGUABLY the top issue on the entire OSU team headed into fall camp -- the offensive line. Who will start at right tackle and left guard, can everyone stay healthy and how much confidence will the backups behind the o-line starters inspire in the coaching staff? The storylines, the ones to watch, depth chart, rookies, walk-ons plus much more.

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THE OFFENSIVE LINE:

Depth chart:
RIGHT TACKLE:    Wilder McAndrews (RFr., 6-4, 290), Mike Remmers (RFr., 6-4, 286), Una Smiley (Jr., 6-6, 325)
RIGHT GUARD:   Adam Speer (Sr., 6-3, 286), Gregg Peat (Jr., 6-3, 296), Ben Motter (Fr., 6-5, 283), Burke Ellis (Fr., 6-4, 249)
CENTER:   Marcus Henderson (Sr., 6-5, 275), Ryan Pohl (So., 6-3, 285)
LEFT GUARD:   Jeremy Perry (Sr., 6-2, 338), Brent McNeil (6-3, 325), Alex Linnenkohl (So., 6-2, 288)
LEFT TACKLE:   Andy Levitre (Sr., 6-3, 317), Timi Oshinowo (So., 6-6, 283), Grant Johnson (Fr., 6-3, 265)

Incoming recruit(s):
OG Colin Kelly, OG Colin Lyons-Pena and OG Brent McNeil, who could also compete for tackle spot. Notes: Vil Nau, in one of the odder recruiting twists, rendered himself ineligible at OSU when before finishing his AA in junior college, enrolled at Oregon State. He joined the Utah program last month. Anthony Siilata is not expected to be at Oregon State for camp and his arrival date in Corvallis is to be determined. He might grayshirt, but too early to tell at this point.

Walk-ons arriving in September when rosters expand::
Mike Lamb (Fr., 6-3, 267), Nathan Hannah (So. 6-2, 295), John Roy (6-3, 270), Grant Johnson (Fr., 6-3, 265), Burke Ellis (Fr., 6-4, 249)

Expected to redshirt:
Rory Ross (Fr., 6-4, 294), Lamb, Hannah, Roy, Johnson, Ellis

What changed in the summer: Perry continued to rehab from knee surgery, while Levitre and Perry made the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy. Michael Cole left the football program, but remains in school.

Storylines for fall camp: The paramount issue heading into fall camp is found on the offensive line. With question marks at left guard and right tackle along with depth at those positions there is plenty of work to be done and some scary consequences if things don't go according to plan. Injuries up front this spring allowed additional snaps for the younger players and valuable experience, specifically for Pohl and Peat, before Peat himself was dinged up. Levitre has been called by line coach Mike Cavanaugh the best he's ever coached at OSU, lofty praise indeed.

Perry once again spent the summer rehabbing from knee surgery and although he says his knee is fine, he is likely not at 100-percent yet and out of playing shape. The 338-pounder must shed a few pounds in order to gain some mobility. Speer and Peat are both expected to be fully healed up from offseason tweaks. In the meantime, junior college transfer Brent McNeil hopefully comes to camp in shape and ready to go -- the Beavs may need him to start if Perry takes longer than expected to get back into shape. One possible scenario would augur that If Perry needs more time and McNeil doesn't learn the system quickly, Peat slides into a starting role.

Right tackle is a gambit with walk-ons Mike Remmers and Wilder McAndrews competing for a spot with junior college transfer Una Smiley. McAndrews might just have a slight lead over Remmers headed in, but could be supplanted by Smiley or McNeil if they pick up the offense quickly.

Senior Marcus Henderson has center locked down although sophomore Ryan Pohl is close on his heels. Some good news is the team will get Tavita Thompson back from NCAA suspension after seven games into the season, starting on November 1. Thompson had a terrific spring ball.

Can the offensive line provide the blocking the skill players need to flourish? Who is going to step up at right tackle, a walk on or a junior college transfer? Can Perry go an entire year without getting hurt? Will the offensive line give Moevao, or Canfield, the time to take advantage of a strong group of receivers and tight ends and get back to the OSU vertical passing game?

Ones to watch: Wilder McAndrews, Mike Remmers, Jeremy Perry, Una Smiley, Brent McNeil. Will the real right tackle please stand up!?

Unit's strength: Left side of the line, young talented players in a strong system.

Unit's weakness:: Depth, at both tackle and guard.

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