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Camp questions: Oregon State

College football is back … almost. Well, at least fall camp is here which means it's getting closer and closer. But until kickoff, here are three pressing questions for the Oregon State Beavers, who open fall camp this Saturday.

1. What will this defense look like?

We've said and written it a thousand times since Gary Andersen got to Corvallis -- this defensive group returns just two starters and has a brand new defensive staff. What can actually be expected? The big thing that Oregon State has going for itself is that defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake has worked in this league and helped produce a potent defense at Utah. How that translates over to youth and inexperience, we'll see. But at least mentally, the Beavers have something in their favor, which Andersen knows. He also knows that having it together mentally and in the film room is very different from having it together on the field against diverse offenses, especially considering this is the youngest team he has ever been around. “One of the biggest challenges that we face is we are changing the offensive scheme and we are changing the defensive scheme,” Andersen said at Pac-12 media days. “Again, in my opinion, off of what I have seen, you better be able to run at a high level on defense. You can pay a price very, very quickly.”

2. How long until Seth Collins is officially named the No. 1 guy?

Andersen came out of spring ball with Seth Collins and Nick Mitchell as the Beavers' 1A and 1B guys. But all signs point to Collins being the player who leads Oregon State in its season opener against Weber State. So, how long will Andersen allow the competition to go on before he starts heavily repping Collins so the offense can do as much as possible through fall camp? Competition is good for any position but so is continuity, especially for a young group led by a young player.

3. Can Storm Barrs-Woods build a foundation this fall that will keep him healthy all season?

Google “Storm Woods injuries” and a plethora of links come up: one from Oct. 2014 when he hurt his knee against Utah, a few from Sept. 2013 when he was carted off the field and taken away in an ambulance during the Utah game, one from 2012 featuring another knee injury he suffered against BYU. But this is the player who Andersen knows he'll lean heavily on to take some of the pressure of the pass game. “He needs to be a young man that gets the ball in his hands 20, 25 times a game,” Andersen said. “Every game is different and there are different opportunities that arise. But he needs to carry the load for us back there. He's excited about it. He's trained the right way to be prepared to do that.” It's a great idea in theory, to have Barrs-Woods carry the ball as much as possible, but can he stay healthy? How much work can he do this fall to make sure that happens?