Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/17/14
OSU Still Searching for DT Talent The Beavers’ starting middle linebacker will be Joel Skotte, a true sophomore who played very few snaps on defense in 2012. Isaac Seumalo, the only natural center on the roster, has missed a concerning amount of practice with a banged up knee. Gavin Andrews, offensive tackle, has a case of mono. Linebacker DJ Alexander won’t play until week 3 at the earliest. In terms of uncertainty, none of those come even close to the mystery that is the defensive tackle position at Oregon State.  The Beavs didn’t have this problem last year. Oregon State had two huge, experienced senior starters in Andrew Seumalo and Castro Masanaia.  They played as well as expected, plugging holes, disrupting the run game, and stayed fairly healthy. New Faces… Naturally, both of them graduated, leaving little to nothing behind them for this season. Head coach Mike Riley hoped to solve the problem with JUCO transfers, which has worked to a moderate degree. Only 2 of the 5 D-Line recruits he’d lined up are eligible to play in the NCAA, but both of those who did meet the eligibility requirements (Edwin Delva and Siale Hautau) line up at the tackle position, and are competing for the starting job there. But, as always with JUCO transfers, OSU doesn’t really know what to expect out of Delva and Hautau. Behind them, there’s senior Mana Rosa, who played in all but 1 game last year, missing the Alamo Bowl due to suspension, and made 7 appearances in his sophomore season. Arguably their best player, Scott Crichton Beyond 1 tackle at Stanford, however, Rosa hasn’t made much of an impact on the field, garbage time against Cal and Nicholls State not included. Beyond Rosa, OSU’s tackles have a total of 5 games of experience. In addition to the pre-season transfers, the Beavers have continued to add players. Less than 3 weeks away from the season opener at EWU, OSU got two more transfers on the D-Line. Devan Filipe, another JUCO player, was added to the roster along with Jason Grimble, a transfer from Miami who won’t be eligible to play this year, but should be in the mix for the starting job in 2014. …New Places Transfers aren’t the only trick up Mike Riley’s sleeve. He’s also fully utilizing new positions to help fill up the DT position. The Beavers are pretty strong at defensive end. Arguably their best player, Scott Crichton, plays there, and 2nd stringer Devon Kell showed he can be a serviceable end. Mike Riley knows this, and is trying to take advantage of it by sliding John Bruan and Dylan Wynn from end to tackle. Braun is a senior who has been a backup (albeit one who sees a lot of snaps) for the duration of his time at Oregon State. A potential position change of Wynn, however, is more jarring for Beaver fans. The hardworking junior burst onto the scene his freshman year with 44 tackles and 5 fumble recoveries, and tallied 49 tackles in his sophomore campaign. Wynn is a bit undersized for tackle, at just 6’2″ 260 lbs., but he can easily make up for that with his quickness. While transfers and some position shuffling can help the Beavs mask the problem of a lack of talent at tackle, not much can mask the lack of depth. OSU can get by, but they’re a couple injuries away from looking a lot like paper; thin and weak.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Jim Harbaugh to Michigan is done deal

Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans, thinks it smells

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence does Louisville chant at game

WATCH: Did Bret Bielema do ‘Horns Down’ gesture?

Devils unveil unique coaching by committee situation

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment

Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke

Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

WATCH: Nebraska safety pukes on field, keeps playing

WATCH: Nyquist holds puck for 28 seconds, scores OT winner

WATCH: Kevin Garnett blows in David West's ear

WATCH: Frank Beamer busts a move after bowl win

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans

Harbaugh to Mich. is done deal

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence supports Louisville with chant

Did Bielema do ‘Horns Down’?

WATCH: Beamer busts a move

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.