September 29, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Obum Gwacham (86) dives for a first down against the Arizona Wildcats in the first quarter at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State coach Mike Riley says wide receiver Obum Gwacham may move to defensive end in 2014


Speaking with the media for the first time since his Oregon State Beavers beat the Boise State Broncos in the Hawaii Bowl, head coach Mike Riley revealed an interesting plan for the 2014 season to mitigate the loss of star defensive end Scott Crichton.

According to The Oregonian, Riley plans on moving wide receiver Obum Gwacham, a junior, to the defensive side of the ball:

We’re going to try (receiver) Obum Gwacham at defensive end. He’s excited about it. I don’t know if he can make the transition in this time period, but I know his work ethic and his character, and he transferred his energies into special teams this year. He wants a chance to play more.

The 6-foot-5, 224-poud Gwacham is one of the best athletes on the Beavers but only has 11 catches and a single touchdown during his first three years of play. He is a superb high jumper, having cleared 7-2 (3/4), and his huge wingspan should make him a challenge for any offensive lineman to handle.

[Source: The Oregonian]

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