Oregon State football team strength coach Bryan Miller shared with me some of the football players who are making significant strides in the offseason.
He’s the best source for this since he sees and works with the players more than the coaches during the offseason.
CB Jordan Poyer and CB Rashaad Reynolds have stood out, Miller said said. “Their strength has improved and they physically look impressive,” Miller said. “They are also vocal leaders.”
Others Miller said have made significant strides are next season’s starting TE Colby Prince, RB Terron Ward and walk-on reserve OL Jake Welch, who squatted 410 pounds 10 times.
“He’s a very young player who has already shattered most of our strength numbers,” Miller said.
I asked specifically how the OL is doing, since the key to any success after two losing seasons is how they block. Returning starter Josh Andrews and reserve Michael Beaton have done well.
Returning starting DEs Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn lead the way for the DL. Up-and-comers who are doing well are DE Desmond Collins and DT Andrew Seumalo, who is expected to start.
“(Seumalo) is as solid as a rock,” Miller said. “I’m really proud of him. He was 230 pounds as redshirt. Now he’s 290 and will be 295 in the fall.”