July 6, 2006

OSU Summer Camp--Defenders making the grade

Yesterday BeaverBlitz.com took a closer look at the stars on the offensive side of the ball during the Oregon State Football Camp. Today we switch sides and look at those who made a splash on the defensive side of the ball.

Just as some of the most impressive competition was seen with the offensive lineman, the play of the defensive linemen was equally impressive. Beaver commit and Central Catholic star Kevin Frahm showed the Oregon State coaches why they should be pleased with his pledge. Frahm was thinner than many of his defensive end competitors, but showed explosiveness and upper body strength. He also had a competitive fire and quick footwork off the line of scrimmage that will have Beaver coaches and fans excited alike.

Another defensive end that had many on the field and sidelines talking was Justin Gates of Reno, Nev., Galena. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Gates plays defensive end and offensive line for his high school, but truly excelled at the end position. He had explosive speed and showed a tenacity on the pass rush. Gates had the attention of the coaching staff as well, many times being singled out for one-on-one instruction during his rest periods.

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