AGNEW: Termed doubtful for Wisconsin
APPARENTLY, EVERY STARTER and significant key contributor on the Oregon State squad will, at some point, miss time with injury this year -- such has been the ferocity of the OSU injury bug this offseason and into the playing schedule. RB Malcolm Agnew, OSU's surprise true freshman who leads the nation in ground hashes after Week 1, has been termed doubtful for Wisconsin with a sore hamstring.
"I would term him as doubtful,'' Mike Riley told the Oregonian’s Paul Buker on Wednesday morning after Malcolm Agnew felt something pop in Tuesday’s practice. Agnew was in street clothes and walking with a limp this morning.
Jordan Jenkins took Agnew’s place in yesterday’s practice but Riley said the Beavers may use Terron Ward as their first-down back at Wisconsin, then alternate Jordan Jenkins and Jovan Stevenson behind him. Riley also said fifth-year senior Ryan McCants could be in the mix.
Ward was arguably the frontrunner during much of the spring session, but saw no backfield touches -- something Riley post-game said he regretted -- in Saturday’s loss to Sac State.
The Beavers will get back DT Kevin Frahm for Wisconsin.
It is expected he will line up opposite DT Castro Masaniai, with Andrew Seumalo, who started last week, coming in rotationally.
The long, drawn out wait for DT Dominic Glover continues. After a fall camp of uncertainty, about a week ago this time, Riley said he thought he would know if Glover had been academically cleared to play before the Sac State game, and that he anticipated a positive outcome at that time. That didn’t happen, and the latest is Riley said he hopes to know by the end of this week.
“We are optimists, and I know I sound like a broken record, but this will work out,” Riley told the Gazette-Times.
Glover’s return would be most welcome, the Beavs certainly need him to shore up the the middle of the d-line.
The Beavs will not, Riley said, get back James Rodgers or Joe Halahuni this week. The earliest either looks to return is Sept. 24, against UCLA, said Riley.
OSU played 16 freshmen, with eight of those true freshmen seeing their first action, (NOTE: As many as that might seem, it includes walk-ons and special teams). Three other Pac-12 schools actually played more true frosh (again, including walk-ons and special teamers) -- Arizona (10), Cal (10) and Washington State (9).
Neither tight end Connor Hamlett nor Masaniai will serve their one-game suspension this week. Riley has said he’d like to get them taken care of “soon” but whether than means it happens for the Beavs’ third game, against UCLA and after the bye week, looks to figure on the health at those positions, both of which have been hit hard.
Set your alarm clocks, it’s an early game for the Beavs when they play at No. 8 Wisconsin. Kickoff is at 9 a.m. PT. The oddsmakers see the in a blow out, Wisconsin is a 22-point favorite.
Wisconsin hasn’t lost a non-conference game in eight years, a streak of 29 straight.
Wisconsin’s QB, North Carolina State transfer Russell Wilson, looked like a Heisman candidate against UNLV last week – throw, run, managing the game, he did it all. OSU will have their hands full on defense with him and Wisconsin’s perennially powerful running attack .
Oh, and by the way, have you heard Riley is going with a two-quarterback system? Just thought we’d mention it in case you’ve been off terraforming on Mars the past few days.