CORVALLIS–Well, why the heck not. For all the many, many Beavers coming back from surgery, getting dinged up in the offseason and fall camp, the one bright spot had been the o-line – they had somehow for the most part avoided the injury bug. That ended on Wednesday, as OSU’s starting left guard suffered a concussion. BF.C's Warner Strausbaugh brings you the rundown on all things black and orange..
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9:30 – Stretches and warm-ups, OL and TE blocking drills.
9:40 – Special teams drills, individual work for WRs, OL and DL, QBs throwing at net targets.
9:55 – Offense and defense separate, offense runs plays, defense splits into units.
10:00 – Offense divides into units, QB-WR passing, RB ball control drill, LBs filling lanes in run coverage, DBs man-to-man and agility drills.
10:10 – Middle drill (9-on-9), QB-WR passing, CBs man-to-man coverage work.
10:15 – One-on-ones.
10:25 – Full team 11-on-11s
10:35 – Team splits into units. QB-RB passing, TE run blocking, DL heads into Truax Indoor Center, CBs press coverage, safeties run coverage.
10:40 – RBs work with OL on pass protection, QB-TE passing.
10:45 – Second full-team 11-on-11s (Third downs)
10:50 – Skeleton, OL and DL together on drills.
10:55 – Third 11-on-11 session (Third down and short)
11:00 – Practice ends.
Running with the 1’s on Day 17, complete with practice notes:
QB: Ryan Katz
RB: Malcolm Agnew
Split End: Markus Wheaton
Slotback: Jordan Bishop
Flanker: Brandin Cooks
Tight End: Colby Prince
Left Tackle: Mike Remmers
Left Guard: Michael Lamb
Center: Grant Johnson
Right Guard: Burke Ellis
Right Tackle: Colin Kelly
Left End: Taylor Henry
Left Tackle: Andrew Seumalo
Right Tackle: Castro Masaniai
Right End: Scott Crichton
SLB: Cameron Collins
MLB: Feti Unga
WLB: Michael Doctor
LCB: Jordan Poyer
S: Anthony Watkins
S: Lance Mitchell
RCB: Rashaad Reynolds
Starting left guard Josh Andrews went down today in a collision with DE Dylan Wynn in middle drill and was replaced by Michael Lamb for the rest of practice. Andrews had been coming into his own after switching from center to guard, and has become the vocal leader for this unit. He won’t miss too much time, but concussions are always surrounded by uncertainty.
Riley: “Josh had a heck of a collision, and what they’ve determined is he’s had a concussion and he got a stinger. He’ll be out for the concussion period of time; hopefully he’ll be back by Monday practicing for the game.”
Running Back Notebook:
Agnew: True freshman Malcolm Agnew, by far, got the most time with the first-team today among tailbacks, and seems to have separated himself for the time being after another good showing in yesterday’s scrimmage.
Riley on Agnew & Storm Woods at yesterday’s scrimmage: “I thought Malcolm Agnew had a really good day again. I thought Storm Woods had a good day … It’s obvious that those guys have stood out and made plays.”
When asked about the comfort level of Agnew and the true freshman receiver Brandin Cooks being in the lineup, Riley said it’s pretty obvious neither are going to redshirt, but that they aren’t necessarily “first string”, yet they are going to see a good amount of time with the 1’s.
Wide Receiver Notebook:
Cooks: Brandin Cooks took Obum Gwacham’s spot at flanker with the 1’s today, and was with them for the entire practice. Cooks made probably the best play of the day in one-on-ones, catching a ball right on the sideline with the corner right next to him. He sure plays taller than 5-9.
Wheaton: Markus Wheaton had a couple of bad drops on easy balls today. He has at times had a propensity to drop some simple passes but make the spectacular grab on the next play.
Tight End Notebook:
Enger: For depth concerns at tight end, backup offensive lineman Grant Enger spent some time with the TEs today.
Riley: “It’s very much a concern when you’re moving a tackle just to be able to run some plays at tight end.”
Halahuni: Riley wants to be conservative with Joe Halahuni’s return. He said he won’t be game-ready until after the Wisconsin game. The Beavs have a bye week after the Badgers.
Clute: Kellen Clute was present at practice but in crutches after hurting his knee in yesterday’s scrimmage.
Linebackers: Backup linebackers Rueben Robinson and Shiloah Te’o were both out of practice today. Te’o got injured in yesterday’s scrimmage and Robinson sat out with a stiff back.
These injuries have given a guy like Jabral Johnson a nice opportunity to get some time with the second unit, but the regulars should be back soon. Linebacker was pretty thin today, as D.J. Welch is still out and will miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained elbow he suffered last week.
Doctor: Michael Doctor is making all kinds of noise at linebacker. After lighting up Agnew yesterday, Doctor made two nice plays today in 11-on-11s. The first, Katz tried to hit his back in the flat, only to see it batted down by Doctor—who hung in the air on a big jump. The second was an interception made by the linebacker, the only one of the day.
Riley: “(Doctor) has been a playmaker ever since he was a kid. He was one of the leading scorers in Oklahoma high school football his senior year. He was a kick returner, running back, linebacker—just playing ball. He’s an athlete who makes plays.”
Collins: Cam Collins was once again out there for all portions of practice. He looks to be close to fully recovered and ready for game-action. The defensive star of the spring session at OSU, that’s great news for the Beavs.
Glover: DT Dominic Glover was a full participant in this morning’s practice, but Riley still has no word on whether he’s cleared to academically or not yet.