It’s time to look at the Oregon State football team’s DL headed into spring practice. There was much cyberspace angst about no DT JC recruits.
Coach Mike Riley maintained he already has the people to make a difference in the team’s gap cancelation defense.
The biggest concern is senior starter Castro Masaniai won’t practice much, if at all, as he recovers from last season’s broken leg. He hasn’t been running much in the offseason.
That leaves Andrew Seumalo and Mana Rosa as the first-string DTs in the spring. Both of them started out at DE before moving inside.
Behind Seumalo is Desmond Collins, Mana Tuivailala and Noa Aluesi. Collins started out at DE and Aluesi is a greyshirt who started out as a TE.
Behind Rosa are Joe Lopez and Brandon Bennett-Jackson. Lopez is a walk-on, and Riley has high expectations from Bennett-Jackson.
The spring will be an opportunity to see if these guys bulked up, and can disrupt the offense.
The DEs are more stable with starting sophomores Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn back. Even the depth is solid.
Behind Crichton on the left side are Devon Kell, Rusty Fernando, who played significantly last season, and Lavonte Barnett.
Behind Wynn on the right are Rudolf Fifita, John Braun and Ali’i Robbins. Fifita Braun played some last year.
DE Akeem Gonzales wasn’t mentioned by Riley on the depth chart, saying there are eight guys who can do well. However, an OSU official said he’s still on the team. So it might have been an oversight.
So there’s the fall’s lineup. There are bodies. We have to see if they are impact players, starting this spring.