It’s not much of a surprise, but it’s still good news that linebacker Michael Doctor was officially granted a fifth year by the NCAA. His return means that the Beavers will be deep and talented this season at linebacker.
Doctor, Rommel Mageo, and DJ Alexander, if healthy, are formidable trio. Add Jabral Johnson, who filled in admirably for Doctor in 2013, and Darrrell Songy, who saw time off the bench last season, and linebacker should be a strength for the Beavers defense.
The key will be for Alexander to stay healthy and Mageo to continue to develop. If that happens, there’s no reason the Beavers shouldn’t have one of the top defenses in the conference, or at least a strong run defense.
Personally, this is the most excited I’ve been about a group of linebackers in some time. It would be nice to see OSU be strong at the position again. Also, it would help take the pressure off the DBs and hopefully reduce the number of first downs on 3rd and long given up by the Beavers.
I’ll end on a bad pun/joke/cliche: The Doctor is In!