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May 13, 2009
Almost full house expected for OTA

The 49ers begin a four-day OTA on Monday. Every year there are some rookies who are unable to attend this mid-May session because either their school has not yet graduated or they have not taken their final exams. The only 49er who definitely falls into that category, however, is Stanford DE Pannel Egboh. Fresno State has a late graduation, but because TE Bear Pascoe graduated in December, the team believes he will be able to attend. Ohio State OT Alex Boone's status is still up in the air. Boone has a chance to make the 53-man squad at right tackle.

Good news for the reporters. Last year, many of the OTA sessions were closed to the media which upset some people's feelings (see: me). All four days will be open for the initial session.

The team waived QB Kirby Freeman, who was added to the roster prior to the team's rookie minicamp. The 49ers will have four passers at the upcoming OTA. If the season began today, the depth chart would look like this: Shaun Hill, Alex Smith, Damon Huard, Nate Davis.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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