March 29, 2007

Five burning questions heading into Spring Ball

1. Is Sean Canfield ready to step up and lead the Beaver offense?

If recent history is any indication, Canfield should meet that challenge. That's
because this will be his third spring under Riley. So he has had plenty of time
to master Coach Riley's complex offensive scheme.

He also hasn't had to learn
it on the fly like Derek Anderson and Matt Moore did, which is nice
because we have seen that it takes awhile to grasp the system. So perhaps, the
biggest thing for Canfield is how well he emerges as a leader on and off the field.

2. Who will fill the spots on the offensive line vacated by the graduated
Adam Koets and Josh Linehan?

The line's improved play throughout last season played a major role in OSU's
turnaround. And a lot of that was due to the incredible chemistry between the
linemen. So it's important for the unit to develop that same kind of cohesiveness
this season. And it all starts this spring.

Is this the year Tavita Thompson
lives up to his potential at tackle? There's a lot of young, impressive talent
at this position, so it should be interesting to watch the battles for the open
guard and tackle spots. The main thing, however, will be that the unit bonds

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