The good, the bad, the question: Tackle

COLIN KELLY

ONE OF THE biggest losses Mike Riley says the Beavers face this spring -- replacing left tackle Andy Levitre. Enter Mike Remmers, who as a redshirt freshman walk-on started seven games and more than held his own. Will he be the answer at LT? How does Timi Oshinowo fits into the mix, and why is Colin Kelly one to watch when spring drills get underway later this month?

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Redshirt sophomore-to-be Mike Remmers, a walk-on who started seven games last season, is back, and will be moved to the left from the right side of the line. 
 
Junior Timi Oshinowo has been in the system for three years, received some playing time last year and will start the spring at the top of the depth chart at right tackle.
 
Up and comer Colin Kelly's potential has Mike Riley excited headed into spring.


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Oregon State is replacing the two offensive tackles who ended last season as the starters -- Andy Levitre and Tavita Thompson.  Levitre in particular, who may be the first Beav taken in the NFL Draft next month, leaves some very big shoes to fill.
 
Wilder McAndrews is still on the mend from his wrist injury and won't be available this spring.
 
Remmers is the only tackle with any significant playing experience.


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Will left tackle still be up for grabs at the end of the spring? Will both tackle spots come out of spring drills with most questions answered, or just more questions?


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Timi Oshinowo. Some of the buzz around cyberspace among Beaver fans has him being listed at the top of the depth chart by default, i.e. he has plenty of work to do if he hopes to stay on top.  Will that be the case or will he grab hold of the job and not let go?
 
Colin Kelly. Uber-athletic, he has the potential to make a large leap this spring and firmly place himself into the starting discussion.


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Remmers' trial by fire last season pays dividends this year -- he is now one of the more experienced players on the line. He is athletic, aggressive and one of the leaders up frontMany of the "experts" felt he would get run over against USC's vaunted '08 defense but instead the exact opposite unfolded -- he was a driving force in the win over Trojans.

With the left tackle spot seemingly solidified by Remmers, and with McAndrews on the mend, a battle to watch will be between Oshinowo and redshirt freshman Colin Kelly.

Oshinowo is still growing into his body, but received valuable turns last season. Kelly is an athletic, aggressive lineman who some think could supplant Oshinowo quickly -- some even think he could be far enough along coming out of spring drills to potentially gain the starter's job at left tackle and Remmers could move back to right tackle.

One other thing to keep in mind - the best pass protector on an offensive line generally lines up at left tackle because that's the quarterback's blind side. But the exact opposite would hold true for a left handed quarterback...such as Sean Canfield.

Bottom line is that all the tackles must impress the coaches in the spring before more competition comes from a healed McAndrews and a very talented freshman in the form of Michael Phillip.


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"One of the (biggest losses) is Andy Levitre, that guy was so stable, so good for so long. We're looking for a tackle.  We'll start out with Remmers probably on the left taking Levitre's place. Timi Oshinowo will be on the right."
 
"I'm really excited about Colin Kelly...he's a guy we saw in camp as a big tight end and projected him at tackle."
 
"I wish Wilder McAndrews would be there for the spring because he could use the work and he's got that (starting) ability. We'll have to see about that."


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  • Jr. Timi Oshinowo (6-6, 283) - dropped 20 pounds last year...struggles with coordination at times...a candidate for left tackle and to round out the two deeps
     
  • Jr. Wilder McAndrews (6-4, 290) - will sit out spring drills due to surgery on a broken wrist...the coaches feel he is good enough to start, but needs to heal up before getting a look
     
  • So. Mike Remmers (6-4, 286) - filled in splendidly as a redshirt freshman for Tavita Thompson starting seven games...coaches love his athleticism...part of an offensive line that gave up only 21 sacks all year long last year
     
  • Fr. Geoff Garner (6-6, 280) - a grayshirt who enrolled in January...needs to get back into football shape before being considered for playing time
     
  • RFr. Rory Ross (6-3, 294) - after enrolling in Jan of 2008 has bulked up nicely but might have a ways to go before seeing the two deeps
     
  • RFr. Colin Kelly (6-4, 266) - at this point, perhaps the favorite for a starting tackle position...mean and mobile

  • So. Ben Motter (6-5 283) - was in the mix at tackle at one point until Remmers and McAndrews stepped up last year...talented enough that he could make a move.

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