OSU at Arizona
- Portland Tribune - Sports
When, where: 4 p.m. Saturday, Arizona Stadium
Radio: KEX (1190 AM)
• Oregon State coaches continue to believe that Arizona will start Willie Tuitama at quarterback, though the 6-3, 235-pound sophomore has suffered two concussions this season. If Tuitama can't go, the Wildcats will use Kris Heavner, a 6-2, 230-pound senior who started eight games as a freshman in 2003. Arizona's other available QB is true freshman Tyler Lyon, a 6-5, 215-pound native of Newhall, Calif., who narrowed his choices to Arizona and OSU before picking the Wildcats.
'Kris will be the probable starter … Willie is still questionable,' Arizona coach Mike Stoops said Monday. 'He has not been cleared. If he is out for this game, we will get Tyler Lyon ready, and we can possibly use one of our receivers as a quarterback, too.'
• OSU offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh is high on tackle Mau Nomani, a 6-6, 305-pound true freshman from Tigard. Cavanaugh hopes to be able to redshirt Nomani but has been suiting him up in the absence of starter Josh Linehan, expected to be out for at least another week after knee surgery.
Beaver coaches have also been impressed with the progress of two other Portland-area members of the '06 class - Justin Kahut, a walk-on kicker from Clackamas, and Keo Camat, a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker from Jesuit.
'Justin has ability,' Riley said of the 5-8, 150-pound freshman, about the same size as OSU kicker Alexis Serna. 'He is accurate up to 45 yards, and he'll get stronger like Alexis did. I'm really glad he's here. He is going to be a good kicker for us.
'Keo's plenty big now, and he'll get bigger,' Riley said. 'He's a good athlete who I think will develop into a player.'
• Yvenson Bernard ranks second in the Pac-10 and 12th nationally in rushing with 639 yards and seven TDs. And Bernard may be a better pass-blocker than coach Mike Riley's premier backs at OSU, Ken Simonton and Steven Jackson.
'I'm kind of the quarterback's last guy out there,' the 5-9, 205-pound Bernard said. 'I like flipping those guys over and getting dirty out there.'
- Kerry Eggers