Even during Oregon State's 6-1 start last season, the Beavers often played with a patchwork offensive line because of injuries.
OSU coach Mike Riley experienced similar issues during spring drills, leading him to describe the line's personnel situation as "a mess, really." Two key players missed the spring after having offseason surgery and three others were injured in practice.
Yet Riley is encouraged about that group overall, with the potential for more depth than the Beavers have had in recent years. The challenge in August will be sorting out the linemen, to get the best five players on the field.
"It's a big issue for us, figuring out everything in fall camp and placing guys in the right positions," Riley said during the Pac-12's post-spring media teleconference.
The Beavers will miss receiver Brandin Cooks, a first-round NFL draft pick, but the return of quarterback Sean Mannion means they'll have a productive offense again.
OSU ended the 2013 season favorably, beating Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl to break a five-game losing streak - which included a 36-35 loss to Oregon.
The Beavers will open the 2014 season Aug. 30 vs. Portland State. They also visit Hawaii and host San Diego State in nonconference play. OSU will host Utah on Thursday, Oct. 16.
- Kurt Kragthorpe
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