August 10, 2006

Say hello to the newest crop of black shirts

The balance of the Class of 2006 is tipped in the offense's favor, but that doesn't mean there is more talent or opportunity. Several defensive players arrived in Corvallis bigger and better than expected. The following report explains why the defensive rookies are more about quality than quantity.

Gerard Lee [(Scottsdale JC)] finds himself in a rotation battle at defensive tackle. He displayed a business-like approach to practice, works hard, and is focused on Coach Seumalo's every word. He twisted a knee early in the day which hampered his ability to practice late in the afternoon. Lee appears to fit the Beaver DT mold with his quickness, and he'll usually be outweighed by the offensive linemen so he'll have to use leverage to his advantage as indicated by the instruction he was given. Whether he can unseat Curtis Coker from the line-up is the big question.

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