SPRING BALL DAY 1

JORDAN POYER

CORVALLIS – The first day of spring drills at OSU is in the books. Players wore helmets, no pads for the first practice and Mike Riley liked what he saw of the wide receivers. Meanwhile, Jordan Poyer was among those making noise on the defensive side of the ball. Here's the full report on Day 1 of the spring session at Oregon State...

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Practice Snapshot:
2:45 Players stretch, QB's warm up arms
2:50 Special teams, everyone else individuals (Trevor Romaine was inconsistent from 30 yards out, missing three of five)
3:05 Offensive walkthrough, Defense pursuit drill
3:15 Individual drills, QB's throw to TE's, WR's run routes
3:25 TE's move to individuals and QB's throw with WR's
3:40 Offensive and defensive walkthrough, run plays only
4:05 Offensive and defensive walkthrough, pass plays only
4:25 All-team skeleton
4:40 Offense vs. Defense 11-on-11
5:00 7-on-7 offense vs. defense, line moved to individual workouts
5:25 Practice ends

Depth Chart with Day 1 practice notes
Offensive Line (Very thin depth chart for spring practice due to injuries. Group looked solid for the first spring practice overall. Still, unclear as to which of the healthy O-lineman will start at the beginning of the season.)

Left Tackle:
Justin Addie (With Kelly sidelined during contact drills, Addie took majority of snaps during the team periods)
Colin Kelly (Only participated in individual non-contact drills)

Left Guard:
Josh Andrews

Center:

Roman Sapolu (Split time evenly with Welch in first and second team)
Jake Welch

Right Guard: (Only Beaton and Vieru participated in the first practice, splitting reps between first and second teams)
Mike Beaton
David Vieru

Right Tackle:
(Both split time equally like every other position)
Michael Phillip
Derek Nielsen


Wide Receivers ("All of the receivers looked really good for a first practice. You wouldn't have known it was the first practice of spring," said Mike Riley)

Flanker:
Brandin Cooks (Cooks looked as fast as ever and caught every pass thrown his way, which looked like an improvement from his pass catching struggles last season)
Micah Hatfield (Hatfield stood out among a wide receiver corps that looked great for the first practice. He caught six passes during the team period including four impressive catches in traffic)
Split End:
Markus Wheaton (Didn't take as many reps during team period, likely to get work for younger players, but caught a deep post and fade from Mannion for the two longest gains of the day. "I'm excited to be the leader of the wide receivers this year. Everyone looked great today," said Wheaton.
Richard Mullaney
Geno Munoz
(The most impressive player, outside of Wheaton, at the split end position on Day 1. Made a nice catch on the sideline.)
Jeff Bedbury

Slotback:
Obum Gwacham
(Though Riley yelled a mixture of criticism and encouragement to Gwacham on multiple occasions, the lanky receiver looked good overall. Made a couple of difficult catches in traffic)
Kevin Cummings (Got the majority of second team reps and looked like the clear number two while Bishop still recovers from injury)
Mitch Singler
Kramer Ferrell
*Jordan Bishop (Participated in individuals but not in any contact drills. Looked healthy in his limited action)

Tight Ends/H Backs:
Colby Prince
(The veteran got the majority of first team snaps, catching a couple of short passes from Mannion)
Connor Hamlett
Tyler Perry
Kellen Clute
Caleb Smith
(You would not know that he was the senior in high school out here, for sure. After spring practice and fall camp, I don't know why he couldn't be in the mix for the start of the season," said Riley.)

Running Backs: (We're gonna let this thing play out and let these kids play. We might not know for sure by the end of the spring but we'll have a good idea. We have a lot of good football players here and we just want to see who's going to step up and play great," said Riley.)
Malcolm Agnew (Split carries and reps evenly with both Ward and Woods. He looked quick and explosive and showed no signs of injury (hamstrings).
Terron Ward
Storm Woods
(Probably the most impressive of the bunch on Day 1, Woods looked quick and showed good acceleration through the hole. "Very prematurely, I'll say he has the best hands of all the backs and runs the best routes of all the backs. He's very talented in that regard," said Riley.)
Jordan Jenkins
*Jovan Stevenson

Quarterbacks:
Sean Mannion
(Mannion looked sharp with the exception of one interception to Reynolds. "I feel better than last year but at the same time I know I still have a lot to improve on. I feel a lot more confident and comfortable though," said Mannion)
Cody Vaz ("Sean's our starting quarterback but Cody looked great out there today. It's good when your backup can push your starter to be better," said Riley.)
Jack Lomax
Richie Harrington


Defensive Line
Left Defensive End
Scott Crichton
(Got all of the first team reps and looked primed for another solid season)
Devon Kell (Split second and third string time evenly with Fernando and Barnett)
Rusty Fernando
Lavonte Barnett

Left Defensive Tackle
Mana Rosa
(Got the first team reps for the injured Masaniai)
Joe Lopez
Brandon Bennett
*Castro Masaniai
(Ran with a trainer on the sideline and did latter work without any sign of a limp. Didn't participate in any of the practice, however)

Right Defensive Tackle
Andrew Seumalo
(Looked to be in good shape and took nearly all of first team reps)
Desmond Collins: Broke a bone in his foot and out for spring.
Mana Tuivailala
Noa Aluesi

Right Defensive End
Dylan Wynn
(Looked even stronger than last season and in good shape)
Rudolf Fifita
John Braun
Na'Alii Robins
*Blake Harrah
(Didn't participate at all)

Linebackers:

SAM Linebacker
D.J. Welch
(Was very impressive in pass coverage deflecting multiple passes)
Jabral Johnson
Will Storey
Kyle Egan

MIK Linebacker:
Feti Unga
(Had some trouble in pass coverage but filled the hole on run plays nicely)
Reuben Robinson
Josh Williams
Jaswha James
Kyle Gardner
Charlie Gilmur

WIL Linebacker:
Michael Doctor
(Despite an incidence where Riley called Doctor over after knocking down a receiver, looked solid in both pass and run defense.)
Cade Cowdin (By all accounts the junior college transfer was solid in his first practice as a Beaver)
Shaydon Akuna
Zeke Sanders

Secondary:
(Overall the secondary is arguably the deepest and healthiest position for the Beavers entering spring ball.)

Left Cornerback:
Jordan Poyer
(Poyer was clearly the best player on the defensive side of the ball, breaking up multiple passes and nearly intercepting Mannion on two occasions)
Keynan Parker
*Larry Scott

Safety:
Ryan Murphy
(Murphy is clearly the starter at this position, showing a nose for the ball and had an impressive pass break up on a ball that appeared was going to sail over his head.)
Peter Ashton

Safety:
Tyrequek Zimmerman
*Anthony Watkins (Participated in individuals including pursuit drill, but sat out contact drills)

Right Cornerback:
Rashaad Reynolds
(Reynolds had the only interception on the day and looked good in coverage. He was victimized a couple of times by the much taller Gwacham, though)
*Sean Martin (Martin, along with Cummings and Marable were all back in uniform and look to have been reinstated)
Malcolm Marable (Looked solid in coverage in his first football activity since being suspended for academic reasons)
>b>*Brian Watkins

NOTABLE NOTE: WR Tyler Trosin and DE Akeem Gonzales are not on the depth chart, having been suspended by Riley for an unspecified violation of team rules. Both will miss the spring, said Riley.

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