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Oregon St. Shuffles O-Line Again

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Oregon St. continues to search for a solution to protecting Sean Mannion.
Oregon St. continues to search for a solution to protecting Sean Mannion.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. will put another patchwork offensive line on the field this Saturday night against California. Tight End turned offensive tackle Dustin Stanton, who took over for the injured Gavin Andrews at right tackle, was scheduled for an MRI today, after injuring his knee in Saturday's 38-14 loss at Stanford, and won't play in the Homecoming contest against the Bears. Andrews will miss this week's game as well, and his return next weekend against Washington St. is also quite uncertain as well. Oft injured red-shirt sophomore Garrett Weinrich will get the first call to fill in.

It won't be the only change, as Roman Sapolu, who moved over to the right guard position when Grant Bays was benched during the game against the Cardinal will get the start this week, and red-shirt freshman Fred Lauina, who took over for Sapolu at left guard, will get the start there Saturday.

TE Kellen Clute, injured against Utah, will also still be out, for at least another couple of weeks, but Storm Woods, who was scratched after pre-game warm-ups in Palo Alto, returned to practice Monday, and head coach Mike Riley expects Woods to play against California. Woods could have played against Stanford, but his effectiveness would have been marginal.

On the defensive side of things, DEs Jaswha James and Lavonte Barnett, who were also pre-game scratches who had been expected to play at Stanford, did not practice Monday, still resting knee and ankle injuries, respectively, but are probable for Saturday against California.

DT Jalen Grimble, who suffered a knee injury in the game at USC, is still unlikely to play against California, though.

CB Larry Scott, another player who was benched during the disastrous first half Saturday, was practicing with the rest of the first unit today, and is likely to hold on to his starting job, though Malcolm Marable played well in place of Scott, because of his greater size against the deep and imposing California WR group, being easily 4 inches taller than Marable.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com