How the Oregon State football team, or any team for that matter, plays depends on how the offensive line performs to move the ball. Four of the five spots are set for the Beavers.
There’s an open competition at LT with true freshman Michael Phillip, walk-on sophomore Grant Johnson and redshirt freshman Colin Kelly. Read more about this situation and Philipp in Saturday’s GT.
Here’s the projected OL two-deep for the other four spots. C: Alex Linnenkohl, Johnson; RG: Gregg Peat, Burke Ellis, RT: Mike Remmers, Kelly, LG Ryan Pohl, Michael Lamb.
Here are some comments from position coach Mike Cavanaugh:
“I want to see Alex finish more. He and I talked about it. He understands the offense, and will grow there. He’s smart. If he wants to play and continue this career, because of his (short 6-2) height, he has to be a devastating finisher. He has a mean streak in him.”
“He’s a veteran guy. He’s kind of what a Beaver is all about. He worked his tail off and made himself a great player for us.”
On Wilder McAndrews (wrist) contributing this year.
“He’s going to be out a while. His wrist is still pretty bad. There are going to be other guys in the fold because of the longevity of his injury.”
On the overall group
“I like them. It’s going to be a fun group. We’ll take time to develop. It’s a work in progress as always, but a good work in progress. I expect us to get better and better.”