PSU Football


Jerry Glanville's coaching staff is complete, with five holdovers from the Tim Walsh era among his nine assistants.

Average age of the assistants (not counting 74-year-old offensive coordinator Darrel 'Mouse' Davis): 33.

The youngest is Bobby April, 25, who will coach inside linebackers and special teams. The oldest assistant, next to Davis, is running back coach Frank Geske, 52.

Retained from Walsh's crew: Geske, Brian Smith (offensive line), Jim Craft (wide receivers, recruiting; after handling special teams last year), Josh Fetter (defensive line) and Kevin Emberton (outside linebackers). Other new assistants are Kevin Strasser (wide receivers) and Alundis Brice (secondary).

• Lincoln High senior QB Connor Kavanaugh signed with Portland State, and then watched as Walsh got the offensive coordinator job at Army and the Vikings hired Glanville and Davis.

'I've talked to (fellow recruits) Jasper Croome (from Lake Oswego) and Greg Carradine (David Douglas), and we couldn't be more excited,' Kavanaugh says.

The freshmen can't take part in spring practice, but they are following the program closely. A couple of weeks ago, Kavanaugh decided to drop in at the coaches' office.

'I was hoping maybe somebody on the new staff would be there and I could introduce myself,' he says. 'Luckily for me, both Coach Glanville and Coach Davis were there, watching video. Getting to talk to them just for a few minutes really was exciting. It's quite an honor, quite a blessing, to be able to play for them.'

Lincoln coach Chad Carlson says the run-and-shoot will suit Kavanaugh's abilities. 'He's so good at making reads and using his feet and understanding the timing of the offense,' Carlson says.

- Steve Brandon