CORVALLIS – Players wore full pads on Day 9 amidst a slight drizzle in Reser Stadium. Mike Riley was absent due to a family matter so defensive coordinator Mark Banker ran practice. Fittingly, the D dominated most of the session with the ‘backers looking especially good. D.J. Welch and Michael Doctor both had big days, chasing down stretch plays and breaking up passes outside and inside.
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Five Notable Notes from Day 9:
Mike Riley was visiting his dad, Bud Riley, who is in a hospital in Canada. Riley is not expected to be back in time for Thursday's session.
DT Castro Masaniai practiced in individual drills for the first time this spring, and is starting, Mark Banker said, to also get into fighting trim.
DT Mana Rosa was injured today, the severity was unknown at press time.
The special teams really had it going on today.
At TE/H-Back, Hamlett stepped up in Prince’s absence, but Smith is coming on of late.
2:45 Players stretch, QB’s warm up arms
3:00 Special teams/individuals (“The special teams period looked great today,” said Banker. “Everybody was very sharp.”)
3:20 Special teams, PAT/field goals
3:45 Team offense/Team defense
4:05 11-on-11 (Full contact)
Depth Chart, with Day 8 practice notes
Offensive Line (The offensive line was pushed around for the better part of practice and had very little success in the run game. Pass protection wasn’t too bad, but wasn’t anything spectacular either.)
Justin Addie (Continues to get all of the first team reps with Kelly out.)
Colin Kelly (Only participated in individual non-contact drills)
Wide Receivers (Though the receivers were outplayed by the secondary, it was more of a product of good coverage than bad routes or dropped balls. Mullaney and Gwacham both had good moments making difficult catches in traffic.)
Richard Mullaney (Had two spectacular grabs on out patterns, but also had a ball go through his hands that nearly led to an interception on another play.)
Obum Gwacham (Probably had the best practice of any receiver and is beginning to look very comfortable in the slot.)
Kevin Cummings (“He’s played a couple of plays and done real well,” said Banker. “He plays everywhere and he’s so tough. He’ll be a good player.”)
Tight Ends/H Backs (With Prince still out with injury, Hamlett has seemed to have stepped up the most in his absence. It’s safe to say the starting spot is still wide open, however.)
Colby Prince (Sat out with the hamstring injury once again.)
Connor Hamlett (Had multiple catches in traffic and held on to the ball after getting hit over the middle.)
Caleb Smith (Smith is getting more reps as of late and has looked generally good. His physicality is obvious, and he made it evident by running over Zimmerman after catching a pass in the seam.)
Running Backs: (Woods sat out the 11-on-11 period and nobody else stood out today. Everyone seemed to have an equal balance of good and not so good plays.)
Malcolm Agnew (Had a big gain after short reception, but also fumbled on another play, which is something the staff can’t stand.)
Storm Woods (Sat out team period because of the concussion suffered on Saturday.)
*Jovan Stevenson (Is beginning to participate more in contact drills but still isn’t fully back.)
Quarterbacks: (The quarterbacks struggled a little bit on this day. Neither Mannion nor Vaz was as accurate as usual, which could be a product of Riley’s absence.)
Defensive Line (“The two guys on the outside are still progressing and should be great for us again this year,” said Banker. “Mana Rosa has been good for us, he got hurt today and hopefully it’s not serious, but he’s another guy that’s been good this spring. Bottom line a lot of people played last year and have experience going into this year.”
Left Defensive End
Left Defensive Tackle
Mana Rosa (Injured in practice with an apparent leg injury, but Banker didn’t know the severity of the injury.)
Castro Masaniai (Practiced in individuals for the first time this spring and continues to get closer to 100 percent. “I was surprised to see him jump into one-on-ones but he had some guys leaning on him and he looked healthy,” said Banker. “His fitness is a lot better, he’s lost about 15 pounds and it’s exciting to get him back.”)
Right Defensive Tackle
Right Defensive End
*Blake Harrah (Didn’t participate at all)
Linebackers: (“Last year we went through the growing pains with young players, but that will make the backers that much better this year,” said Banker. “They took so many reps last year that’s it’s really starting to pay off this spring.”)
D.J. Welch (I’ve always loved his speed. When you look at film the first thing you notice is that he’s the same speed on special teams as he is on defense. He’s learning a lot right now and is getting better at being in the right spot. He has a chance to finish as one of the greatest linebackers in Oregon State history. He could be right up there with the Barnett’s, Siegler’s, Bray’s and all of the other guys.”)
Cade Cowdin (“He works hard and is a bigger body,” said Banker. “He has a chance to compete and we certainly hope he turns into the player we saw on film.”)
Tyrequek Zimmerman (Zimmerman had his second good practice in a row, looking great in one-on-one coverage as well as in zone schemes.)
*Anthony Watkins (Still out with injury but will be back for fall camp.)
Sean Martin (Martin is still the surprise player in the secondary this spring. He looks very good locking up receivers on the outside, and broke up three passes in a row at one point today. He could very well see time as the nickel player when the fall rolls around.)