The most important step Oregon State will have to make if the Beavers are to improve in 2012 will be adding consistency up front. Part of the reason why young quarterback Sean Mannion's numbers were so impressive a year ago was that the team was often behind and forced to pass the ball often just to stay competitive. If the team can rely on the return of Philipp, not only the most experienced offensive lineman but their most battle-tested player at any position (22 career starts), the Beavers will go a long way toward accomplishing their goals. Philipp signed with OSU as a highly regarded prep prospect and looked like he deserved every bit of his hype when he won the starting left tackle as a true freshman and earned Freshman All-American honors in starting all 13 games. Though he was recognized as a Second Team all-conference winner despite only starting nine games due to injuries (broken nose, sprained ankles) as a sophomore, those close to the program thought his play tailed off from his impressive freshman season. Nonetheless, the Beavers were counting on Philipp to return to form in 2011. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury that led to his undergoing surgery to remove loose cartilage and missing the entire season.
Despite being built more like an NFL guard than a tackle, Phillip has demonstrated an intriguing blend of mobility and flexibility. If healthy, he's expected to lock down one of the two tackle positions for the Beavers this year. Philipp, now a redshirt junior, isn't as reliable as senior Colin Kelly but is the more physically talented of the two and therefore a potentially more interesting pro prospect. Regardless of where he ultimately lines up for the Beavers, Philipp has scouts' attention -- he just needs to make sure that the attention comes for the right reasons again, like it did back in 2009.--Rob Rang
05/13/2014 - Browns Sign 11 Undrafted Free Agents: Michael Philipp - Started 48 games at left tackle for Oregon State, including a streak of 26 consecutive over the course of his junior and senior seasons... Finished third in Oregon State history with 48 starts, two behind the all-time record of 50... Protected Oregon State QB Sean Mannion's blind side, when he led the PAC-12 with 4,662 passing yards in 2013... In 2009, he became the first true freshman offensive lineman to start for the Beavers since 1997... Graduated from Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino, Calif. - Cleveland Browns