April 17, 2009

Defensive line gets boost from versatile athletes

Spring ball is an ideal time for teams to try players at different positions. It's more laid-back, so there's more room for error and time to develop as opposed to fall camp or the regular season.

And this spring, the Oregon State football team is doing exactly that, especially on the defensive line. With the loss of standout ends Victor Butler and Slade Norris after last season, the Beavers found themselves thin at the position.

Luckily for the coaching staff, Gabe Miller had already been thinking about making the switch to defensive end. The junior had spent the last two seasons playing tight end for the Beavers, but found himself battling Howard Croom, Brady Camp and John Reese for playing time there.

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