The Oregon State football team has a new starter at RT in junior Colin Kelly. He beat out incumbent Michael Philipp, who is now redshirting.
We’ll see if the coaches made the right decision to go with Kelly on Saturday afternoon when the Beavers open the season against Sacramento State.
“I’m feeling pretty comfortable,” Kelly said. “I still have to get ready for the game. I’ve been waiting for a while. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to play. I’m tired of going against my teammates.”
Kelly spent three years in development. He started out as a TE, and the OL was foreign to him when he started at OSU. He bounced between LT to RT, and finally won the job.
“I’m really looking forward to playing my first game starting,” Kelly said last weekend. “It’s going to be awesome. I’m excited for sure. It was a really long wait. This was the first training camp I was pretty excited for. Once I get this done, I get to play.”
OL coach Mike Cavanaugh liked how Kelly focused on his development and turned into a dependable player.
“Coach Cav is a great coach, and he knows what he’s talking about,” Kelly said. “If you do what he says, you’ll do good. They do play the best people, so you have to do your best.”
OL leader Mike Remmers has been trying to keep Kelly calm headed into the game. The LT can see the excitement in Kelly, and remembers when he started for the first time three years ago.
“He’s really excited to be out there and play,” Remmers said. “I’ve talked to him a little bit so he doesn’t freak out when he gets out there. There will be a lot of people out there watching, but it’s just like what we do in practice. I just told him to believe in your technique.”