Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/28/13
Plugging the holes Despite an outstanding 2012 season–in which the Beavers went 9-4 and finished No. 13 in the BCS—OSU has plenty of holes to fill in 2013. Mike Riley has lots of depth to play with next season, but he’s losing two huge players in seniors Markus Wheaton and Jordan Poyer. If the Beavs hope to build on their 2012 success, they’ll need to plug up these problem positions in 2013. Middle linebacker The Beavers got a lot of production out of their linebacker corp this year, and most of it should carry over to next season with the return of Michael Doctor and D.J. Alexander. The big loss will come up the middle, as senior Feti Taumoepeau has exhausted his eligibility. OSU’s linebackers were great last year against the run, but lacked at bringing pressure and dropping into coverage. They could use an extra dose of strength and speed. Waiting in the wings is Joel Skotte, who played in four games as a freshman in 2012—racking up seven tackles and a forced fumble. Skotte has th...
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