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Brian Lindgren will bring experience from his time at Colorado to his new position as Oregon State offensive coordinator.

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Brian Lindgren and Jonathan Smith spent some time in Idaho last summer at Lake Coeur D'Alene.

A mutual friend got them together for a relaxing getaway.

They spent the time on the water, sharing football stories and enjoying some beverages in the sun.

Lindgren, then the Colorado co-offensive coordinator, and Smith, the OC at Washington, had already crossed paths through the years going back to the University of Idaho, where Lindgren hosted some of Smith's recruits at the end of his college career after Smith arrived in January as an assistant coach.

They kept in touch from that time.

"We were both in the Pac-12 and knew each other through there and kind of kept in contact and then shared a lot of ideas on defenses that we were facing, some scheme stuff in the offseason," Lindgren said. "And then watched a lot of video of each other, so you kind of feel like you know each other pretty good."

When Smith was hired as Oregon State's head coach, Lindgren was already on the list as he started to fill out the staff.

It didn't take much convincing and Lindgren was hired as the Beavers' offensive coordinator.

"I got to talk to coach Smith a couple weeks before he officially took the job and kind of gauged my interest in it and he explained his vision for this place and where he saw it going and I just bought into it," Lindgren said.

"I really respect him as a person and as a coach and I'm just excited to work with him and learn. I think there is a good deal I can learn as an assistant coach. I think opportunity was the biggest thing."

The Buffaloes ran a spread offense under Lindgren and co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini that included sets with as many as four receivers and a power run game.

Colorado also had quarterbacks that were not only capable of running with the ball, but could go between the tackles if needed.

Expect Lindgren to carry over at least some of those elements to OSU.

"I think you've got to tweak your offense to fit the personnel that you have and so I think we'll start with some general concepts that coach Smith and myself are comfortable with," Lindgren said. "And then as we get to know the personnel a little bit better as we go through the spring, the offense will take a little bit of a turn to fit their strengths."

Lindgren said the Beavers will strive to be balanced.

"We want to be able to run the ball, so I think it starts with the physicality element up front," he said. "I'm really thrilled to have (offensive line coach) Jim Michalczik here, I have a great deal of respect for him and the offensive lines he's had. But being physical up front, being able to establish the run game, I think that just opens up everything for you."

The ideal quarterback for Lindgren's system would be a player with the ability to run but can make all the throws.

He also wants QBs that are strong leaders.

"I think the mental makeup, just being somebody that has a moxie about the way they carry themselves, is a good leader, doing the right things off the field and can kind of set the standard for the offense, I think that's a huge thing," Lindgren said.

"But I want a guy who can throw the football accurately, has good touch and if you can find someone who can run the ball and can do some things when things break down with their legs, then that's a bonus."


Sports Reporter

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