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July 29, 2013
MORE: Scott Crichton | Fall Camp Headquarters
Rush defense, which has been the Oregon State defense's Achilles heel in recent seasons was anything but in 2012. The big men up front pushed their way to the nation's 27th ranked rush defense, allowing just 129.5 rushing yards per game and under four yards per carry. Only Stanford and Utah were better in conference.
Led by junior bookends Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn (9th and 8th respectively on the team in tackles with a combined 10 sacks and 19.7 tackles for loss) some of the nation's best running backs found yards hard to come by. Wynn and Crichton return, but gone are stout D-tackles Andrew Seumalo and Castro Masaniai, both of whom played bigger than their stats may indicate.
The success of the defense looks to hinge upon the ability for OSU to reload at defensive tackle, replacing quality senior starters with (hopefully) equally talented JUCO bodies. Wynn and Crichton will need to continue to play big if OSU hopes to return to their 2012 form up front.
QUESTION HEADING INTO CAMP
JUCO d-tackles Edwin Delva and Siale Hautau were on campus for Spring Practice so they look to be a step ahead of Kyle Peko, who's eligibility remains up in the air. Senior Mana Rosa and Sophomores Ali'I Robins and Brandon Bennett-Jackson will work for their place on the two deep and hope is that one will have progressed enough to push for a starting spot. However it's sliced, OSU will need four quality bodies in the middle that are consistent and reliable.
Junior college transfers Siale Hautau and Edwin Delva are presently on campus and participated in spring drills. Freshman Titus Failuaga is also taking part in the Bridge Program.
Three junior college defensive line signees have yet to qualify, including defensive tackle Kyle Peko, and defensive ends Lyndon Tulimasealii and Charles Tuaau.
PRESSURE IS ON
The defensive tackles. Who will step up? The Beavers will need the junior college transfers ready to go and are hopeful that the young players will be able to contribute early.
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