After an almost magical run to Pasadena, the 2009 Beavers return a strong portion of their offense including playmakers James and Jaquizz Rodgers. The dazzling play from the Rodgers brothers is a given, but there are a few questions about this Beaver offense yet to be answered.
Who Will Start At Quarterback?
This is obviously the biggest issue the Beavers need to address. Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao are both seniors, have both hurt their shoulders and required surgery, have both led huge upsets over top teams and have both proven they can win.
Canfield started as a sophmore and struggled heavily but Moevao was no better throwing three picks in just roughly one quarter against Cincinnati, as the Beavers cruised to their yearly 2-3 start.
Later Canfield showed signs of maturing during a three-game win streak that was highlighted by an upset win of then No. 2 Califorina. Against USC he hurt his shoulder that ultimately ended his season.
Moevao made the most of his oppurtunity leading the Beavs on a four-game march including a win at Eugene over their arch rival Oregon Ducks. This propelled Moevao into the driver's seat for starting QB the next year.
After another slow start, Moevao led the beavers to an upset win over USC and a solid 4-3 record before he injured his shoulder. Moevao would return to later games but his shoulder was never the same.
Canfield was terrific and the offense didn't miss a beat. So now it is Canfield in the driver seat heading into the 09 season while Moevao is rehabbing from his offseason surgery.
Canfield had a terrific spring and put up monster numbers in the spring game. He seems to be gaining the confidence, leadership and poise Moevao is so famous for in Corvallis.
Moevao is regarded as having better mobility and a terrific, fast release while Canfield is known to have the stronger arm. Right now I like Canfield's chances due to the fact that Moevao is still recovering and he has been able to build connections with Oregon State's new crop of recievers. But don't put anything past Moevao because he is a warrior and he wins games.
Can James Rodgers Be A No. 1 Reciever? Or Will He Have To?
In James Rodgers' freshman season, he was mainly used on fly sweeps and screens while rarely being used in the downfield passing game.
Last year playing alongside seniors Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales, Rodgers racked up 607 yards on 51 catches and four touchdowns while rushing for another 400 yards and five touchdowns.
Now with Stroughter and Morales gone, will Rodgers step up as the go to guy? Due to Rodgers size, 5'6", it makes it tough for him to be a top-recieving option. But I don't think Rodgers will have to shoulder the load.
Fellow junior Darrell Catchings, who some have nicknamed Darrell Droppings, had a solid freshman campaign (33 catches, 386 yards and a touchdown) and was primed for a big sophmore season as evidenced by his four catches for 54 yards against Stanford in the first game.
Catchings also fumbled on the Beavers' final drive and they ended up losing the game against Stanford. After that Catchings was seldomly used and most likely suffered a great loss of confidence. But Catchings has been on fire this spring racking up 423 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 catches in the two spring scrimmages.
He also is establishing a great connection with Canfield. Catchings has nice size at 6'2" which also helps. He and Damola Adeniji are the projected starters accoring to The Oregonian's Paul Buker.
Senior Casey Kjos has drawn comparisons to Brandon Powers and Shane Morales as a big strong possession reciever. Another guy most people haven't heard of is Jordan Bishop, a freshman who redshirted. He has terrific size at 6' 3", and speed. Bishop also opened eyes during the spring scrimmages.
Who is Michael Philipp?
He is a 6' 3", 320-lbs. and rated by rivals.com as the top guard in the class. He is by far the most touted recruit the Beavers have signed (unless you count the Simi Kuli project).
He has a chance to start for the Beavs and would instantly open up holes for Jaquizz. Philipp and Mike Cavanaugh are the two main reasons why Beaver nation should not worry about the offensive line in 09.
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