Ends are Key to Oregon State Defensive Line

By Jack Jorgensen
Jim Rider- USA TODAY Sports

As two young freshmen in 2011, Dylan Wynn and Scott Crichton made some noise around the Pac-12 with their incredible play from each’s respective defensive end positions. In 2012, they added to that, helping lead the Oregon State Beavers to a fast 6-0 start and a top ten national ranking. Both monsters are back in 2013 and, with a little help from some new additions on the inside, could cause even more nightmares for opponents, if that is even possible.

Both freshman in 2011 made an immediate impact for the Oregon State defense. Crichton (74 tackles, 6 sacks) and Wynn (44 tackles, 1 sack) showed right off the bat that the duo would be a force to be reckoned with for the next few years to come. While, they’re play on the field was stellar, the rest of the team didn’t exactly chip in and the Beavers finished 2011 at an abysmal 3-9.

2012 was a different story altogether. While the numbers for both of the two dwindled a little bit, the Beavers enjoyed that early fast start that had people talking possible national title aspirations. Their talents were starting to produce results, and each has their own unique styles.

Crichton is considered more of the “athletic freak” of the duo. He utilizes his speed and quickness to get around his blocker and get into the backfield to stop the play as it begins. With 32 tackles-for-loss in his first two seasons, this fact is pretty evident.

Wynn is the one that has the motor that just won’t quit. He’ll take his blocker on and bull rush through him until he gets his man. If good enough, he’ll use that strength and blow his man straight into the backfield, causing havoc for some of the run-heavy offenses in the Pac-12.

Either way, both are pure nightmares for an offensive tackle or tight end to contend with.

2013 could see the duo return to having some bloated numbers. Incoming JUCO transfers Edwin Delva and Siale Hautau are already penciled in at the starting DT slots and are expected to be highly successful on the inside. Head coach Mike Riley is undoubtedly going to make opposing offenses play a game of “pick your poison” when it comes to deciding who’s the highest priority to focus on when it comes to blocking.

Following the success of the Beavers last season, expectations are high in Corvallis as we approach the 2013 season. These two playing a friendly game of “Meet Me in the Backfield” can seriously help those expectations come to fruition.


Jack is a College Football Contributor for Rant Sports. Follow Jack on Twitter @FSUYankee14



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