April 23, 2009

Matt LaGrone has a lot to live for

Oregon State has seen a string of brothers on the roster in recent years. From the James and Jacquizz Rodgers to Slade and Zane Norris, the Beavers currently have six sets of brothers suiting up in the black and orange. We've already introduced readers to safety, Josh LaGrone, but last year, his older brother Matt transferred from Nevada where he played basketball to join his brother on the gridiron.

At 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, the elder LaGrone could be a standout at defensive end. After sitting out and utilizing his redshirt year last season to satisfy the NCAA's required rules for transfers, LaGrone suffered a wrist injury and is limited in his participation this spring. That hasn't stopped him from taking part in limited drills as he works to ready himself for the fall.

Going up against Andy Levitre during his time on the scout team last fall has made LaGrone a better player. But his work ethic and dedication to the weight room have made him a better athlete.

"My greatest improvement has been in my strength," said LaGrone. "I've worked really hard in the weight room this past season."

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