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Oregon State Football: 2020 Position Preview - Offensive Line

The O Line lost three of its best players to graduation, but there’s a lot of potential coming up.

NCAA Football: Oregon State at California Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

The Situation

The Offensive Line was a big part of last season’s turnaround, with the unit anchoring a high powered offense. Unfortunately, the line is losing much of its strength, with Blake Brandel, Gus Lavaka and Clay Cordasco all graduating. The good news for Oregon State is they do have several solid returning players, and a few athletes looking to play a bigger role on the team.

The team does have one of their anchors returning, with Brandon Kipper back at Right Tackle. Last year’s Pac-12 Honorable mention is the best player on the line currently, with questions at most of the other positions.


The Offensive Linemen

NCAA Football: Oregon State at UCLA Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
  • #55 - Keli’i Montibon (R SR / 6’ 2”, 276 lbs)
  • #56 - Jacob Ferenczi (FR / 6’ 5”, 284 lbs)
  • #58 - Rob Vanderlaan (R SO / 6’ 4”, 279 lbs)
  • #61 - Tanner Miller (R FR / 6’ 1”, 271 lbs)
  • #62 - Joe Quillin (R FR / 6’ 1”, 291 lbs)
  • #63 - Korbin Sorensen (R SR / 6’ 5” 312 lbs)
  • #64 - Nathan Eldridge (R SR / 6’ 4”, 284 lbs)
  • #65 - Onesimus Clarke (R JR / 6’ 4”, 334 lbs)
  • #67 - Joshua Gray (R FR / 6’ 5”, 299 lbs)
  • #68 - Brandon Kipper (R JR / 6’ 4”, 304 lbs)
  • #69 - Nous Keobounnam (R SR / 6’ 2”, 283 lbs)
  • #70 - Jake Levengood (R SO / 6’ 4”, 288 lbs)
  • #71 - Brock Wellsfry (R JR / 6’ 5”, 293 lbs)
  • #72 - Nick Suing (R FR / 6’ 2”, 292 lbs)
  • #74 - Brian Espinoza (R FR / 6’ 4”, 282 lbs)
  • #76 - Thomas Sio (R FR / 6’ 3”, 340 lbs)
  • #77 - Jaelen Bush (R JR / 6’ 7”, 288 lbs)
  • #78 - Dakota Napierkowski (R JR / 6’ 4” 268 lbs)

The Skinny

After penciling in Brandon Kipper in at Right Tackle, things get less clear. The first question to answer is who the starting Center will be. After transferring from Arizona, Nathan Eldridge grabbed the job, but an injury early in the season forced him to the sidelines. Nous Keobounnam then got the job, and performed well enough to keep it after Eldridge got healthy.

Now, with so many spots looking to be filled, it may make sense to shift Keobounnam back to a Guard position, where he has more experience, and give the Center job back to Eldridge. That would leave us with one Guard and one Tackle position to fill. For the Guard spot, the three biggest names to watch are Onesimus Clarke and Jake Levengood, who each played in 10 games for the Beavers last season, and Korbin Sorensen, a graduate transfer from Portland State.

The left tackle spot poses the biggest question for the Beavers. There are a couple of names to look at. The first is Brock Wellsfry. A 3 star recruit out of Richland, Washington, Wellsfry has appeared in 3 games in his two active seasons with the team. Joshua Grey is another option; during his freshman season, he played in one game against Oregon. The team also has Jaelen Bush, who played one game last season after converting from D ine, and at 6’ 7” brings the most size to the unit. More than any other position on the line, this is one that will be decided during training camp.


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