The special teams for the Oregon State football team will have a new look this fall with veterans moving on.
P Johnny Hekker and LS Marcus Perry ran out of eligibility. My story in Tuesday’s GT will talk about the punting situation and who will be doing it.
Last week LS Troy Whalen quit the team, leaving Michael Morovick to be the official LS. Morovick, a walk-on from Mission Hills, Calif., has large shoes to fill. Perry never made a noticeable mistake on a snap in four years.
Morovick will be a sophomore. He has been groomed for this role for two years.
For LS depth, sophomore Jacob White from West Albany High has been added to the roster. He’s 6-foot-2, 190 pounds.
The holder will be P Tim McMullen. His backup is WR Richard Mullaney. PK Trevor Romaine goes into his second season with P Keith Kostol as his backup. Romaine picked his holder.
Special teams coordinator Bruce Read still has faith in Romaine after a rough freshman season. He was 15 of 22 on field goals and 27 of 28 on extra points.
Read points to Romaine being 8 of 9 inside 29 yards and 4 of 5 from 30-39 yards. Overall Read wants 8 of 10 from anywhere on the field.
The problem was the 3 of 6 from 40-49 and 0-for-2 from 50 and beyond.
“He’s capable of 8 of 10,” Read said. “He has a strong leg. Inside 40 he was really good at 12 of 14. He was accurate (only) at shorter distances. That didn’t make sense because he has a strong leg. He had 10 touchbacks and set an (OSU) record. It’s just the further back you go, the harder they get.”
Romaine has been more consistent from watching spring practice. He has to be because incoming recruit, PK Garrett Owens, is greyshirting. And coach Mike Riley said Owen is ready to come in at a moment’s notice.
In some other news of interest, here’s a story on how the U.S. Olympic wrestling qualifying went. It was disappointing for the Beavers.
The gymnastics team was disappointed in its showing the NCAA championships. Read about it here. Only one individual qualified for the individual championships. Melanie Jones showed extremely well. Read about it here.