04.Jul.2014 Riley Breaks Down the Beavers Pre-Camp
Good info from Eggers here.
Every year we hear the same comments. “Pro offense needs more balance”, “hoping for development in the off-season”, “offensive line is a weak point”, etc. I mean this article could be from 2008, 2009, 2010, etc etc.
Agree with Riley that Ryan Nall can start now. It’s just a matter of which position. I had Nall ranked as the 2nd best player in the 2014 class. Now is there more need at LB or TE? I’d argue LB. Eggers writes:
Tight end remains a position of strength, with veterans Connor Hamlett, Caleb Smith and Kellen Clute, incoming freshman Ryan Nall and Cal transfer Jacob Wark.
Between Hamlett, Smith, and Clute TE is solid. The group of LBs is so so. Eggers feels it’s the strongest position, writing “Linebacker is OSU’s strongest position, with returning starters D.J. Alexander, Michael Doctor and Jabral Johnson and capable backups Rommel Mageo, Caleb Saulo and Darrel Songy.”
First off, Mageo, Saulo, and especially Songy have showed nothing. Not sure why they are even mentioned. They are all 1-star talents. Mageo maybe a 2+, but definitely not a guy I’d list as a strong point. Alexander is very good but always has nagging injuries, Doctor has weakness (finishing tackles/size), and Johnson looks the part but hasn’t put up numbers. Nall would be a great addition this year and looking forward. Also, why not consider playing Nall on both sides of the ball? OSU never seems to think outside the box and do something like that, but this guy has the frame and agility to play LB and TE, so why not do it?