Mike Riley made the call before the start of fall camp.
Freshman Isaac Seumalo, who played at Corvallis High School, would begin his first season with Oregon State as the first-team center for the Beavers.
Sure enough, Seumalo was working with the starters on Monday during OSU’s first practice of fall camp.
If Seumalo keeps the spot for the season, he will be snapping the ball to sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion.
Mannion said Seumalo’s first practice went well.
“I was very, very impressed with him today because he just looked so comfortable making calls, QB-center exchange, all that stuff,” Mannion said. “I was really impressed and I think he had a great day to start fall practice.”
Expectations are high for Seumalo, a five-star recruit who, at 6-foot-3, 302 pounds, seems ready-made to bolster the offensive line.
Of course, there’s a lot for Seumalo to learn in the next few weeks.
That exchange with Mannion is very important, and that includes deep snapping.
Seumalo also has to make calls for the offensive line.
He does have a leg up on most incoming freshmen, however. He’s the son of defensive line coach Joe Seumalo and has been around offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh for years.
He also spent the summer in Corvallis.
“The young guys have been working here in the summer working with the older players and he’s certainly been around the offensive linemen and us, getting snaps just on our own,” Mannion said.