Oregon State's Remmers, Hekker get scholarships

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

After seeing significant starting action in 2008, offensive lineman Mike Remmers and punter Johnny Hekker are no longer walk-ons, as Oregon State announced Thursday the sophomores will both be on scholarship in 2009.

Remmers started the first seven games last fall at right tackle before senior tackle Tavita Thompson returned from an NCAA-mandated suspension. That will make him the Beavers' most experienced tackle entering fall camp.

Hekker was one of just four true freshmen to play in 2008. As the starting punter, he blossomed late in the season, earning special teams MVP honors at the Sun Bowl. In the final five games, Hekker had an average of 43.4 yards per kick, an improvement of 7.5 yards over the first half of the season. During that span, eight of his nine kicks went for 50 yards or more.