CORVALLIS - It takes many parts to make the whole offensive gameplan work for the Oregon State football team.
For three weeks during training camp, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has studied his personnel and is figuring out his plans for the first game.
The Beavers open the season against Sacramento State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Reser Stadium.
He will call on young running backs and receivers, and won't have key players such as receiver James Rodgers (knee) and tight end Joe Halahuni (shoulder) until later in the season.
Langsdorf admits there's still a lot work ahead to be ready, but said the offense will be prepared for kickoff.
Here are some of his thoughts about the offense now that the Beavers have wrapped up camp and are preparing for Sacramento State.
How's the offense look after training camp?
"It's a little up and down right now. We are doing some decent things in the run game. We are trying out some new players, so we are having growing pains. But I like where we are at."
Will you be game-ready for the opener?
"We'll be ready. After all the work we've done, we are really close to being ready to play."
How do you rate quarterback Ryan Katz right now?
"He has been a little inconsistent by turning the ball over (in scrimmages). He has to be able to not do too many things and stay within what we are doing. When he gets out of that, he tends to turn the ball over."
Are backups Cody Vaz and Sean Mannion ready just in case?
"Absolutely. They are both ready to go. We have three guys who can play, and play well."
Are you going the running back by committee route?
"It will be a big group and it's going to include some young players. I think Malcolm (Agnew) and Storm (Woods) are running the ball real well. I like what I see from Jovan (Stevenson) and Terron Ward. And Ryan McCants fits in there. It's a good stable of guys and we'll rotate them and see if we can narrow it down to one guy or a couple guys."
Is that a problem for a play-caller to get the right guys on the field?
"I don't think so. We can substitute to the best of their ability. That's just organization and not that big of a deal."
Does that give away plays?
“We’ve got a plan for that. We are not going to be obvious with that. We are not going to be that simple. There won’t be a way to scout us that way.”
Are the young receivers ready to fill in without James Rodgers?
“We have a contingency plan. We are planning to have James and not have James. We will have it covered, but we will lean on some young guys. But it’s a talented group and I like where we are at with them.”
How has being thin at tight end hurt you?
“We just can’t play much two tight end packages with how thin we are there. We are in a situation with injuries that we have to play more three wides and less two tight sets. We have solid guys there, but not much depth. We hope Joe gets back soon, but for now we’ll play with two (healthy tight ends).”
Has the offensive line improved, and ready, after a rough last season?
“I think so. They are a group that is playing well together and they are healthy. They are much improved from last year and stronger. So I feel good about that group. We are going to rely on them to be good.”
How eager are you to get in game mode and see what these guys can do?
“You get in that camp rut and everyone is anxious to play. We are, and ready for it to be real. It will be fun to get that opener going and get on with the season.”