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CAMERON COLLINS HAD THE HIT OF THE DAY
Beaverfootball.com Senior Writer
Posted Apr 8, 2011
CORVALLIS -- Other than a slight wind chill, you couldn’t have asked for a better day in Corvallis for the first spring ball scrimmage – unless you were the Beaver offense. Indeed, it was the OSU defense who owned the day with four interceptions and a variety of huge hits.
set the tone for the already fired up defense with the first interception of the day off of QB
Not long after that, LB
lit up RB
on a running play. Wide receiver
was nailed by LB
, forcing a fumble that was recovered by S
, who ran it into the end zone.
also picked one off of Mannion and took it in for six.
said today’s scrimmage was a first-down scrimmage, meaning a gain of four yards was a win for the offense and a loss of four yards was a win for the defense. Riley concluded that both sides of the ball played pretty even, but it was hard not to conclude that the day belonged to the D.
Regardless, Riley said the Beavs have a lot of work to do, in a lot of areas, before they will become a good football team.
Riley was glad
to finally let the team loose for full contact and said they needed to have that. In doing so, we saw more of what
have to offer.
Riley’s thoughts on Ward were that he is very football savvy and aware, while Marable has the cutting skills that give him something of a resemblance to
The running back situation became a bit clearer today and each player showed some stuff.
If the season started tomorrow, it looks like McCants would have to learn how to make the short passes work because his running game isn’t getting him anywhere in the chase for the starting job. Stevenson looks like the obvious front-runner at this point.
At the end of the day
, the stats spoke for themselves as far as the running game is concerned — Stevenson 7-48, Ward 9-40, Marable 7-29, McCants 4-14.
Ward and Stevenson tied for longest carry of the day with a 13 yard gain.
The receiving corps was a bit better than the running back, but not by much.
caught a few of his usual midfield passes from Vaz. And WR
had the offensive play of the day with a 56-yard catch downfield.
There were four fumbled snaps between the quarterbacks and centers and you could hear Coach Cavanaugh yelling each time.
Both Vaz and Mannion were seven of 13 passing, Mannion throwing two picks and Vaz with one. Vaz threw for 137 yards (56 of which came from Catchings catch alone), and Mannion tossed for 62 hashes.
Vaz is still taking the reps with the 1s, but it was Mannion who was firing off cannons downfield to WR Obum Gwatcham and WR
Since the shuffle on the offensive line pre-spring, Riley has been happy with what he’s seen so far. As for competition,
has been challenging
for his right guard spot with the 1s.
Aside from that, no changes on the line, it’s still RT Michael Phillip, RG Ellis/Lamb, C
, LG Josh Andrews and LT
in the starting spots.
was at practice with his arm in a sling. Jenkins underwent shoulder surgery for a torn labrum earlier this week.
Not as many locked out NFL Beavers around practice today. But CB Brandon Hughes, CB
, and Jacquizz Rodgers were all hanging around.
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