The good, the bad, the question: WR

CASEY KJOS

WITH TWO '08 receiver starters lost to graduation, plus starter James Rodgers to be limited during the spring session as he heals up from a collarbone injury, the new faces and competition at the X, flanker and slotback positions should be fierce starting on March 30. Casey Kjos are Jordan Bishop are just two of many compelling storylines to watch as spring ball draws ever closer.

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Despite losing two starters to graduation in Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales, third starter James Rodgers returns and Darrell Catchings saw considerable playing time and has nine career starts to his credit.
 
Rodgers was a one man wreaking crew in '08 - he was the team's second leading rusher and third leading receiver. Catchings started eight games as a true freshman, but saw his turns decrease due to  Stroughter receiving an extra year of eligibility.

Junior Casey Kjos is bigger, stronger and faster and the coaches think he can pick up right where Shane Morales left off.

trio of talented underclassmen are ready to compete for playing time.  Redshirt freshmen Jordan Bishop has received a good deal of praise from the coaching staff while Geno Munoz and Kevan Walker have also been singled out as well.

But don't forget about walk on Damola Adeniji - a long target who has turned in very solid camps the last two seasons.


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Experienced depth.  Rodgers and Catchings are the only two players on the team with significant playing time. 


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Who is going to solidify the two deeps?


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Jordan Bishop and Casey Kjos
With a strong upper body and fluid frame, Bishop makes the hard catches look easy.
 
Kjos will be given the opportunities this spring to lay claim to a starting job.


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Rodgers will be in a similar situation as his brother.  Since he is coming off of a collarbone injury and is already one of the top receivers in the conference, the coaches will limit his contact and not allow him to participate in scrimmages. 

But that's not necessarily a bad thing at all as Bishop, Munoz and Walker will all get extra reps and abundant opportunity to make a case for playing time. The same goes for Adeniji whose big body could be deadly in the redzone and on fade routes.

Catchings should hit the ground running this spring and firmly entrench himself at the top of the depth chart. He could be in for a big year as teams focus on the Rodgers brothers.

The position to watch is the slot where Kjos and redshirt freshman Kevan Walker are set to battle. Kjos' career has been plagued with injuries so getting Walker as many plays as possible could be important.


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"I don't know what it is, but Casey looks more athletic to me. Physically and mentally he's a lot like (Morales)...He's got a great opportunity to elevate his game and become that."
 
"I'm excited about the corps of young receivers that redshirted -- Geno Munoz, Jordan Bishop and Kevan Walker."
 
"I think Jordan Bishop, we might look at him at X...Geno Munoz he's either going to be an X or a flanker probably and Kevan Walker, I think is a natural slot."


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  • Jr. Darrell Catchings (5-11, 179) - one start last year...caught seven passes for 95 yards...solid hands and knows the offense with nine career starts...excellent downfield blocker
     
  • RFr. Jordan Bishop (6-3, 195) - a scout team standout last year...coaches expect him to make a case for playing time
     
  • Sr. Damola Adeniji (6-3, 215) - Riley expects Adeniji to be a factor...caught one pass for 39 yards and one touchdown...blocked one punt for a touchdown...superb hands and a big body
     
  • Jr. Kyle Brown (6-4, 208) - his injury riddled career continues as he will sit out spring practice with an Achilles injury
     
  • Jr. Aaron Nichols (6-0, 185) - a long time walk-on with great hands and quickness, but faces an uphill battle for playing time
     
  • Jr. Casey Kjos (6-2, 215) -back problems have slowed down his development...not lightning fast, but Riley likes his size and toughness...good football instincts, knows how to play the game...coaches say he is the healthiest he has ever been
     
  • RFr. Kevan Walker (6-0, 195) - a versatile player who could play at a few different spots...has also worked out with the cornerbacks.
     
  • Jr. Shawn McGarity (5-10, 164) - second year in the program...a high school teammates of Kjos
     
  • Jr. James Rodgers (5-7, 185) - team's second leading rusher with 408 yards and five touchdowns on 46 carries...third leading receiver with 51 snags for 607 yards and four touchdowns...finished with 1,833 all purpose yards, good for fourth all-time for a season at OSU...really improved his route running last year...will be the go-to receiver in 2009
     
  • RFr. Geno Munoz (6-0, 187) - coaches have been impressed with his play on the scout team...will make a push for the two deeps
     
  • Sr. Taylor Kavanaugh (5-10, 175) - faces an uphill battle for playing time at receiver, but a very valuable special teams member...great hands as the holder...also returns punts where he is sure handed and fearless
     
  • RFr. Kaulin Krebs (6-0, 193) - redshirted last year...changed from quarterback to receiver in August

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