Oregon State set for spring football
After discussions with Oregon State football coach Jonathan Smith, offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren and defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar, here's a projected two- and three-deep heading into the first day of spring practice on March 3. Linebacker Addison Gumbs and defensive end Jeromy Reichner, who will miss the spring following ACL knee surgery, aren't included.
Oregon State also is waiting on the result of appeals for eligibility next season for defensive tackle Charles Moore, running back Trey Lowe and receiver Tre'Shaun Harrison.
WR: Tyjon Lindsey, jr.; Kolby Taylor, jr.
WR: Jesiah Irish, soph; Champ Flemings, jr.
WR: Trevon Bradford, sr., Anthony Gould, Rfr.
TE: Teagan Quitoriano, jr.; Luke Musgrave, soph.
OT: Brandon Kipper, jr.; Jaelen Bush, jr.; Rob Vanderlaan, soph.
OG: Nous Keobounnam, sr.; Korben Sorensen, sr. Brock Wellsfry, jr.
C: Nate Eldridge, sr.; Nous Keobounnam, sr.
OG: Onesimus Clarke, jr.; Keli'l Montibon, sr.
OT: Joshua Gray, Rfr; Jake Levengood, soph; Thomas Sio, Rfr.
QB: Tristan Gebbia, jr.; Chance Nolan, soph; Nick Moore, jr.
RB: Jermar Jefferson, jr.; B.J. Baylor, jr.; Calvin Tyler, jr.
DE: Jordan Whittley, sr.; James Rawls, soph; Tavis Shippen, soph.
DT: Isaac Hodgins, jr.; Alexander Skelton, jr.; Cody Anderson, jr.
DE: Simon Sandberg, sr.; Evan Bennett, Rfr.
ILB: Avery Roberts, jr.; Doug Taumoelau, sr; Kyrie Fisher, jr.
ILB: Omar Speights, soph, Jack Colletto, jr.;
OLB: Hamilcar Rashed, sr., Matthew Tago, jr; Riley Sharp, soph,
OLB: Andrzej Hughes-Murray, sr.; John McCartan, jr; Isaac Garcia, jr.
CB: Isaiah Dunn, sr., Alex Austin, Rfr.; Jadon Robinson, Rfr.; Rejzohn Wright, jr.,
CB: Nahshon Wright, jr., Jojo Forrest, soph; Kaleb Hayes, jr.; Alton Julian, soph.
S: David Morris, jr.; Johnathan Riley, soph.
S: Akili Arnold, Rfr.; Ron Hardge, jr.
NICKEL: Jaydon Grant, jr.
PK: Everett Hayes, soph.
P: Caleb Lightbourn, sr.; Luke Loecher, jr.
The Beavers will practice three times weekly for five weeks. There will be six practices in the first session, which ends on March 14. The other nine practices will begin April 1 and conclude with the Spring Game on April 18 at Reser Stadium. ... Running back Kase Rogers and offensive linemen Travis Mackay are no longer with the team — "retired" according to Smith. ... This is testing week at the new refurbished Sports Performance Center, which opened last week. The "Beaver Combine" is Friday, and Oregon State's players are put through drills as are done at the NFL Combine ... Among the players who will be limited or have no participation in the early portion of spring ball are center Nate Eldridge (hamstring), cornerback Isaiah Dunn (groin), defensive linemen Jordan Whittley (knee) and Charles Moore (upper body) and linebackers Andrzej Hughes-Murray (foot) and Hamilcar Rashed (hand) ... Members of the 2020 recruiting class already on campus include quarterbacks Ben Gulbranson and Chance Nolan, receivers Zeriah Beason and Tre'Shaun Harrison, running back Trey Lowe, offensive guard Korbin Sorenson. defensive end Tavis Shippen, linebacker Shane Kady, safety Jonathan Riley and cornerbacks Alton Julian. Cornerback Rezjahn Wright is expected to be on hand for the second part of spring ball in April ... Tristan Gebbia will take the first snaps at quarterback, but newcomers Nolan and Gulbranson and junior Nick Moore will get plenty of reps. OSU coaches would prefer to redshirt Gulbranson, though that plan could change if he shows really well in the spring. ... Smith wants to throw deep more than the Beavers did a year ago. "We still can stretch the field and be a little more explosive down the field," he said. "We have a chance to be faster at receiver than we were last year. Losing (Isaiah) Hodgins is a huge hit, but we have some guys who can run." ... Junior nickel back Jaydon Grant will get the opportunity to play some true safety this spring.
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