The college football season is just over one month away! Oregon State will take on The Ohio State Buckeyes September 1st, in Columbus on national television. With the off-season quickly coming to an end, Building the Dam is unveiling their top 30 most valuable football players for the 2018 season. We’ll countdown by previewing one player at a time until it’s almost time for some Beaver football. Compiling a summer list like this is no easy task (just look at the list from last season) and there will always be those players that make great strides and impress the coaching staff. With that in mind and a smaller than normal list, many many worthy football players did not end up on our countdown.
#30: Yanni Demogerontas - Offensive Line
It’s now or never for the senior offensive lineman, Yanni Demogerontas. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman was given the inside track to start at center a couple seasons ago due to injuries and other factors.
Demogerontas started the spring game and even won the starting center job coming out of fall camp in 2016. He didn’t look out of place and it seemed as though he could develop into a long-term answer at center. After the third game of the season he entered into a time share at center and then suffered an injury that caused him to miss most of his sophomore season. Demogerontas eventually switched from center to guard and while he played left tackle for his high school team he always projected to be a guard for Oregon State.
The offensive line might just be the Beavers most experienced and most talented position group heading into the 2018 season. Blake Brandel, Sumner Houston, Gus Lavaka, Trent Moore and Kammy Delp are probably all ahead of Yanni Demogerontas on the depth chart right now. Regardless of which five guys end up as opening day starters; expect Demogerontas to make a big impact and play in every game as long as he is healthy. If Oregon State is going to surpass their modest win-total expectations for the season, the offensive line is going to have to open up a lot of holes and buy time for their teammates.
Our countdown continues tomorrow with the 29th Most Valuable Player for the Beavers in 2018.