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Oregon State Football: Most Valuable Player Countdown - #8 Elu Aydon

OSU needs a monster in the middle of it’s D-Line, and Aydon could be just the guy.

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The College Football season is only a few weeks away, and our countdown is wrapping up. Today we cover number 8.

#8: Elu Aydon - Defensive Tackle

Aydon is entering his junior season. He’s started games as a redshirt freshman and as a sophomore, but this season he should get a chance to be a full-time starter. In his career so far, Aydon has 37 total tackles, 2.5 for a loss, and 1 sack.

Aydon is 6’3”, and 339 lbs. As a starting DT, he’ll be expected to bulk up quite a bit, and that’s been a focus of the conditioning staff in the spring and fall camps.

As a recruit, Aydon flipped from Wisconsin to Oregon State to follow Gary Anderson, and like many of Anderson’s recruits, still feels like he hasn’t reached his potential. New D-Line coach Legi Suiaunoa is taking over a unit that under performed last season, and one that doesn’t have a ton of experience. Aydon’s history with the team will be especially valuable. He just needs to add muscle to be a truly dominating presence in the interior.

The list so far:

#8 - Elu Aydon - DT

#9 - David Morris - S

#10 - Jalen Moore - S

#11 - Timmy Hernandez - WR

#12 - Andrzej Hughes-Murray - LB

#13 - Sumner Houston - OL

#14: Trevon Bradford - WR

#15: Jonathan Willis - LB

#16: Kammy Delp - OL

#17: Jay Irvine - CB

#18: Kee Whetzel - LB

#19: Trent Moore - OL

#20: Dwayne Williams - CB

#21: LaMone Williams - DE

#22: Isaiah Dunn - CB

#23: Conor Blount - QB

#24: Omar Hicks-Onu - S

#24: Omar Hicks-Onu - S

#25: Jeromy Reichner - DE

#26: Hamilcar Rashed Jr. - LB

#27: Isaac Garcia - DE

#28: Shemar Smith - LB

#29: Shawn Wilson - CB

#30: Yanni Demogerontas - OL

Check back tomorrow for #7!