CORVALLIS – The second practice of the day at Oregon State saw LB Cameron Collins jump in with the 1s, WR Darrell Catchings go deep, CB Rashaad Reynolds making a strong case at a return role, DE Rudolf Fifita making his own case for front-line action and more…
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6:30 – Punt returns (returner only), OL individual work, TEs catching balls from JUGS machine, QB dropbacks.
6:40 – Special teams kickoff coverage blocking drill, DL individual work, DBs in pass coverage exercises.
6:45 – Full-team kickoff coverage and returns.
7:00 – Full-team field goal work, QB-RB passing, WR specific-type catches.
7:05 – Offense and defense split up. Offense runs plays, DL pass rushing drill using heavy pads, LBs interception returns.
7:20 – First full-team 11-on-11s (team runs through four downs, ending with either punt or field goal depending on situation).
7:40 – First skeleton.
7:45 – Second full-team 11-on-11s.
7:55 – Team separates into units, QB and TEs work on specifics, LBs and safeties together on pass coverage, OL pass blocking.
8:10 – Red zone skeleton, OL-DL blocking.
8:15 – Red zone full-team session.
8:30 – Veterans excused, young players stay behind and do 11-on-11s.
8:50 – Second practice of the day concludes. The Beavs have Sunday off, returning to the field on Monday.
Running with the 1’s on Day 6, complete with practice notes:
QB: Ryan Katz
RB: Ryan McCants
Split End: Markus Wheaton
Slotback: Jordan Bishop
Flanker: Darrell Catchings
Tight End: Colby Prince
Left Tackle: Mike Remmers
Left Guard: Josh Andrews
Center: Grant Johnson
Right Guard: Burke Ellis
Right Tackle: Colin Kelly
Left End: Taylor Henry
Left Tackle: Dominic Glover
Right Tackle: Kevin Frahm
Right End: Scott Crichton
SLB: Cameron Collins
MLB: Feti Unga
WLB: Michael Doctor
LCB: Jordan Poyer
S: Lance Mitchell
S: Anthony Watkins
RCB: Brandon Hardin
Defense Note: Cameron Collins saw his first action in full-team work tonight. It was just helmets and shoulder pads, but still a good sign of progress for the linebacker. Dominic Glover and Andrew Seumalo are both sharing time at DT with the 1s. Because of the nature of the defensive line with rotations, it’s still hard to tell who has the upper hand. Although, these two may just be warming the seat for Castro Masaniai.
Katz: On the first play of 11-on-11s, Katz threw a beautiful ball to Jordan Bishop, beating Lance Mitchell in man-to-man coverage for a big gain.
Wide Receiver Notebook:
There was an uncharacteristically high amount of dropped pass by the entire wide receiving corps at practice tonight. In a drill involving only QBs throwing to WRs, I counted 8 dropped balls in about three minutes. Markus Wheaton even dropped a couple passes, including a wide-open TD during skeleton.
Rodgers: Receiver and return man James Rodgers was without helmet and pads tonight, as expected. He participated in wide receiver drills and that was it. Rodgers was doing some individual work on the sideline about halfway through practice.
Catchings: Wide receiver Darrell Catchings proved he isn’t just in the first-team until Rodgers comes back into the mix tonight. Catchings beat Brandon Hardin on a deep ball in 11-on-11s and made a catch over his right shoulder right on the sideline about 45 yards downfield.
Running Back Notebook:
Still the same story with the RBs: McCants, Ward and Stevenson all saw time with the first team.
Woods: In the last 11-on-11 session at the end of practice with only young players, Storm Woods was turning heads with his speed. The true freshman has a killer cutback ability, able to keep his speed in and out of cuts. Riley said this morning that him and fellow freshman Malcolm Agnew are making it hard to trim down this deep RB group.
Masaniai: In his third practice now, Castro Masaniai was running with the second-team in all drills. The team was not in full gear, so we’ll see where he fits in on Monday when all the pads are on.
Reynolds: Sophomore CB Rashaad Reynolds looks like he could be the starting kick returner alongside Jordan Poyer . They were the two out there when the coaches called for 1s on the full-team kickoff work. He also made an interception in 11-on-11s, when QB Sean Mannion threw into double coverage.
Fifita: Defensive End Rudolf Fifita saw a little more action with the first team defensive line tonight than he has before. D-Line does shift around a lot, but it’s still worth noting that it was more than usual.