Coach Focus: Coach Cav

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Mike Cavanaugh

Offensive Line Coach
10th year at Oregon State University
All-American Players: 0
Total All-Conference Players: 23
First Team All Pac-10/Pac-12: 4
Players drafted in the NFL draft: 3
Current number of players in the NFL: 5


Recruiting Highlights:
– 2006: Alex Linnenkohl**Mau Nomani, Timi Oshinowo, Ryan Pohl
– 2007: Michael Cole, Jon Ioane, Castro Masaniai, Marcus Perry, Rory Ross, Una Smiley
– 2008: Colin Kelly**+, Colin Lyons, Brent McNeil, Viliamu Nau
– 2009: Joshua Andrews+, Michael Beaton, John Braun, Grant Enger*, Michael Philipp*##+, Tyler Thomas
– 2010: Roman Sapolu
– 2011:Justin Addie, Akeem Gonzales, Darryl Jackson
– 2012: Gavin Andrews, Grant Bays, Chase Eldredge, Stanley Hasiak, Josh Mitchell, Isaac Seumalo**##. Garrett Weinreich
– 2013: Sean Harlow, Fred Lauina
– 2014: Drew Clarkson, Yanni Demogerontas, Bobby Keenan, Trent Moore, Robert Olson

Recruiting Overview:
Coming over from Hawaii in 2005, Coach Cavanaugh was a drastic upgrade in coaching up players and managed to get two or more All Conference Second Team or higher linemen in his first three years.

Unfortunately, he stumbled out of the gate recruiting with only three players that started any games in his first three classes. And Ryan Pohl only started a few as a replacement for injured and suspended players in 2007.  Eight of his first fourteen players either didn’t finish school or moved to defense.  That means only six plaeyrs were linemen all four years at OSU. In 2009 Cav scored a huge class netting 4 players that started multiple years as well as two all conference award winners and one player that ended up on an NFL roster.

Unfortunately, he could not keep that going and only pulled four linemen over the next two years, with only one (Roman Sapolu) ever starting a game and the three others all leaving the program.

2012 was another renaissance for Coach Cav, where he brought in a class that before they were juniors brought in four players that have already started and one that has already netted a Second Team All-Conference award as a Sophomore. 2013 brought two new linemen and one of which is already established as a Starter.  2014 has a lot of questions but Cav was at least able to bring in 5 new linemen, with Drew Clarckson being a name to watch in the future.

This late surge has earned Cav an OSU recruiter of the year award (2012) but with a load of questions around the last class, There is a feeling that he needs to rebound this year with a solid group of recruits coming in.

Recruiting Grade: C+ (2.5)
With a shaky start that lead almost directly to the issues in the 2010 and 2011, Cav has rebounded to post a passing grade.  He will need to continue to up his game to get in to the B or A area.


Coaching Highlights:
– 2006: All five starters received All Conference Awards
– 2008: USC game
– 2012: Recruiter of the Year for the Beavers
– Recruited two Freshmen All-Americans
– Coached 2 Walk- Ons who ended up making NFL rosters

Coaching Overview:
While Cav has had some suspect recruiting seasons, his job as a coach and with his players is above reproach.  Despite a poor rushing effort last year, Cav has consistently found ways to make under-recruited or walk-on players thrive.  His reputation for getting technically sound players resonates in the NFL as many of his walk-ons or low star recruits have found their way on to NFL rosters. His slew of injuries in 2007, 2009 and 2013 has shown that he can develop talent in a hurry.  Coach Cav has been wooed by USC, Oklahoma State, Hawaii and many other programs since his time at OSU started in 2005.  It is fair to think that the respect his peers show him is evidence that what he is teaching his players is solid.

His lines have also been key factors in some of the best offenses in school history, and last year only gave up one sack for every 25 passes en route to setting the single season record for passing and TD’s by any quarterback.  In addition, at one time, OSU had 2 rushers in the top 10 of the Pac-12 rushing record books under Cav’s tenure.  His work in the 2008 USC game, with a freshmen walk-on named Mike Remmers blocking for one of the best rushing and offensive line performances ever seen by any members of Beaver Nation is a legacy he will always have.

Coaching Grade: A- (3.5)
Cav is a great coach who gets a lot of out what he has.  Like many of OSU’s coaches, he needs to really find a way to bring in top talent, because he will get them into the NFL and will provide them the tools to take Oregon State to the Rose Bowl.



* – Honorable Mention Pac-12** – Second Team Pac-12
*** –  First Team Pac-12

# – Honorable Mention All-American
## – Freshman All-American
### – Second Team All-American
#### – First Team All-American

+ – On NFL Roster
++ – NFL Starter

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