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Seven local stars to pace PSU football

Ritt and Kleffner are due for big roles on 'O' line

Seven players with ties to the Beaverton area will play prominent roles for the Portland State University football team in the coming season.

Included in that group are:

Jesuit grad Adam Kleffner, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound center who in 2010 was named Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference, Academic All-Big Sky Conference, and PSU's Most Inspirational Player.

Kleffner became a team leader and captain as he took over the starting center job last season.

Aloha grad Kyle Ritt, a 6-2, 290-pound offensive guard, won Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2010.

A veteran on the offensive line, Ritt has now had two solid seasons and still has two to play. He has started 21 of 22 career games, including 19 in a row.

Jesuit grad Tyler Cope, a 6-1, 180-pound junior kicker transferred from San Jose State to PSU this year. At San Jose in 2009, Cope made 7-of-11 field goals, including all five inside of 40 yards, with a long of 46 yards. He also earned Academic All-WAC honors.

Southridge grad John Wall, a 6-2, 275-pound offensive lineman, who walked on with the team in 2009 and has participated on the scout team the past two seasons.

Aloha grad John Shaffer, a 5-9, 185-pound running back, prepares for his first college campaign after leading Aloha to the 2010 state championship and being named Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year.

Jesuit grad Taylor Martinek, a 6-3, 220-pound freshman tight end, was a member of the Vikings' scout team in 2010 and will battle for playing time this year.

Jesuit grad Jordan Lewis, a 5-8, 175-pound freshman running back, joins the Vikings for his first college season after lettering in three sports at Jesuit.