Grant Johnson will be off this spring, but the O-line has a lot of work.
It’s not a total rebuilding job on the offense line for the Oregon State football team, but there’s a lot of work to be done.
Guards must emerge in the spring. A right guard must be found for Gregg Peat. Starting left guard Grant Johnson will be out of spring recovering from shoulder surgery.
So there will be plenty of reps to find at least one starter and a reliable backup on either side.
Walk-ons Michael Lamb and Ellis Burke will get their shots, as will Ryan Pohl, who has always been on the cusp of breaking into the lineup. And I’m sure line coach Mike Cavanaugh will move people around as a test.
“The crux of it is we lost a guard,” coach Mike Riley said. “Gregg Peat was so reliable and played there so long. That’s going to be big.”
The rest of the positions are manned by veterans: senior C Alex Linnenkohl, junior RT Mike Remmers and sophomore LT Michael Philipp.
It will be interesting to see if the tackles stay on their sides. Remmers was considered the best pass blocker on the team last year and was used to protect left-handed QB Sean Canfield’s blind side.
Will he move to the other side for the right-handed Ryan Katz and Peter Lalich? Or has Philipp, who has big-time upside, become the top pass blocker on the team. They start spring in their usual spots.
Riley also wants to see if Wilder McAndrews can go. He has been plagued by wrist and hand injuries. “We always had great hopes for him,” Riley said. “We’ll see if he can get into spring ball and make headway.”
Alex Linnenkohl is the leader of the O-line.