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New Beaver Maurer gets `head' start

Marty Maurer picked a fitting time for one crushing, lasting tackle tosate himself before what could be a long hibernation.

On the last high school play of his career, Maurer delivered a blow thatleft more carnage than some train wrecks.

And it may have to tide the Cascade Christian High graduate over as hebegins his college career at Oregon State. As a freshman tight end, there'sa possibility he will redshirt this fall and won't be eligible for gameaction until next season.

If that's the case, Maurer can hark back to the hit he applied in theEast-West Shrine All-Star Game on Aug. 9. ­ maybe.

In the second quarter of the East's 22-12 triumph, Maurer punted, thentook an angle across the field in case the return man broke free. He did,and Maurer leveled him with a broadside blow, helmet to helmet, on the sideline.

Maurer thinks he got the worst of it, and he wasn't the one revived withsmelling salts.

He was unconscious, said Maurer during OSU's media day Friday,but I had the long-term effects.

Maurer was taken to the hospital with a concussion and a bruised shoulder.He can't remember the play or much of anything immediately thereafter, buthe's told those memories will eventually surface.

It was a pretty good hit, said Maurer.

And perhaps a worthy send-off to college.

A decision on whether Maurer redshirts will be made after evaluationsof practices. The rookies reported for two days of three-a-day workoutslast week. The entire team practiced together for the first time Saturday.

I'm excited about this group, said first-year OSU coach MikeRiley of the newcomers. There are no misplaced guys; they will allbe factors in our program. We'll give them some opportunities to work withthe rest of the team and see how they fit in.

He said he won't hesitate to play the ones who are ready, particularlyon special teams.

Maurer, 6-foot-5 and 219 pounds, is one of five tight ends on a depthchart led by returning starter Joe Kuykendall.

I'll do whatever they ask me to do, said Maurer. Ifthey ask me to play, I'll strap it up. If they ask me to practice for whenI get my chance, then I'll do that.

Maurer comes from a family with a rich college and pro football heritage.His father, Andy, played at Oregon, then for 10 years in the NFL. His uncles,Dick and Ken, played at OSU.

The only thing they passed on to me was to come into camp in shape,said Maurer. Make sure I do all my running.

He was given an eight-week program and followed it this summer. He'sglad he did.

Everybody here is a player, said Maurer. If you decideto take a play off, you'll get your teeth knocked into the dirt. You haveto play every single play.

The biggest adjustment to college ball, said Maurer, is the complexityof Riley's offense. Riley was the offensive coordinator at Southern Caland is a former coach of the year in the wide-open Canadian Football League.

Formations and receiver patterns are called in the huddle, but they mayvery likely change at the line scrimmage if the defense shifts.

There are a lot more reads than in high school, says Maurer.It's a lot more complex.

To help the adjustment, there are lots of meetings.

When we're not on the field, we're either eating, sleeping or meeting,said Maurer.

Among the other tight ends are 6-4, 227-pound sophomore Jarrod Ogdenand freshman Mark Walsh of Roseburg, who goes 6-2 and 230 pounds.