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Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Secondary – Oregon State Beavers

By Sam Saig, August 23, 2009 10:51 am

The 2009 Oregon State secondary has a lot to prove. After losing four starters off of a defense that ranked 22nd nationally against the pass, this will be a defining season for these Beavers defensive backs, and their performance as a unit could determine how far OSU goes this year.

For folks in Corvallis, the current DB situation may bring back memories of 2005 when a group of inexperienced players were attempting to offset the losses of all-league performers Mitch Meeuwsen, Brandon Browner and Aric Williams.

It’s hard to forget CB’s Keenan Lewis and Brandon Hughes suffering through that Louisville game in ‘05 where they gave up 428 passing yards as wide-eyed freshmen. But four years later, Lewis and Hughes are gone, and they exited OSU as two NFL-ready corners looking to make an impact on Sundays.

Now, highly respected defensive coordinator Mark Banker must start the process over again, although this group is primarily made up of upper-classmen. The unit could take its fair share of hits in 2009, but there is enough talent in place at both cornerback and safety to ensure a serviceable season at the third level.

Tim Clark defends the pass

Tim Clark defends the pass

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