OSU SPRING GAME: The BIG report

JORDAN POYER

CORVALLIS-The culmination of the spring was a success for Oregon State. In the spring game, OSU ran 95 plays plus a number of special teams sequences, and they incurred no major injuries. One of the major storylines -- the great play from backup QB Cody Vaz, who vastly outplayed Sean Mannion. Obum Gwacham and Storm Woods were two other offensive standouts, working mostly with the second team.

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Gwacham had the longest play on the day with a 44-yard touchdown and had three other 15-plus yard catches.

Woods only had six carries, but his shortest gain was eight yards. He made good cuts and finished his plays by running through contact.

Murphy at safety and Poyer at cornerback highlighted the defensive play, which also included solid work from the linebacking corps of Welch, Unga and Doctor.

"There was some good and take and overall I liked what I saw out there today," said Mike Riley. "Both the offense and defense made plays but we still have a long ways to go before we can win games in the fall."

Depth Chart, with Spring Game notes on Day 15
Special teams: "I loved what I saw from our punters today and this spring. We wanted to see how they performed in front of a crowd and they punted well today. Both of those guys are talented and should be good this year," said Riley.

Offensive Line ("We have a lot of things to decide in terms of who's starting and getting time going into the fall. We have a lot of evaluating to do with the current guys and the guys coming in. This group got a lot better through the spring but they're not where we want them to be," said Riley.)

Left Tackle:
Justin Addie (Addie had a very good spring game, springing a couple of long runs that came right behind him, but also had issues on a couple of plays keeping Crichton and Wynn in front of him on pass rushes. Good spring for the left tackle overall, however.)
Colin Kelly

Left Guard:
Josh Andrews (A good portion of the big runs came behind Andrews on Saturday. He expects to be a starter for the start of the season, and most likely will be.)

Center: (With Welch sitting out the game with a knee injury, Sapolu got almost all of the reps at center and did a nice job. There were no snap exchange issues and he was in for most of the big runs.)
Roman Sapolu
Jake Welch

Right Guard:
Mike Beaton
David Vieru

Right Tackle:
Michael Philipp (Had a good game, keeping the pass rush in front of him. Riley hopes that Philipp can return to his old form.)
Derek Nielsen

Wide Receivers ("I thought our receivers were fantastic all spring," said Riley. "All of these guys can play and I'm really excited to see what they do next year. Obum is the obvious guy that has stood out this spring but the others have been good as well. I thought Hatfield had a nice spring and can run the fly sweep for us, Cummings improved, Cooks and Wheaton are obviously our go to guys, and then Mullaney can play too if he's healthy.")

Flanker:
Brandin Cooks (Cooks showed off his dazzling abilities with the football in space on a reverse in which he ran in a complete circle on one side of the field -- only to then break a tackle and reverse it all the way to the other sideline before being tackled by Poyer on the 1-yard line.)
Micah Hatfield (Hatfield caught a touchdown pass from Cody Vaz and got a couple of runs in as well. In the right set of circumstances, Hatfield is another up and coming receiver that could see key playing time in 2012.)

Split End:
Markus Wheaton (Wheaton didn't play up to his abilities on Saturday, dropping a couple of very catchable balls, and didn't have any notable plays. But he was a star this spring.)
Richard Mullaney (Mullaney sat out Saturday's game with an injured thumb that Riley said could require surgery. Mullaney had a very good spring up until the injury in Thursday's practice.)
Geno Munoz (Out with concussion like symptoms)
Jeff Bedbury

Slotback:
Obum Gwacham (Gwacham was the star of the entire game, catching a long touchdown on the sideline while breaking a tackle attempt by Keynan Parker. Gwacham was targeted more than any other receiver and utilized his size tremendously. It's seems evident at this point that OSU won't be able to keep him off the field -- whether he goes back and forth between the slot and split end positions or not.)
Kevin Cummings
Mitch Singler
Kramer Ferrell
*Jordan Bishop (Sat out with the foot injury.)

Tight Ends/H Backs (The tight ends didn't do much in the spring game, and weren't targeted much. Prince blocked well in the run game and is still the projected starter going into the fall.
Colby Prince
Connor Hamlett (Hamlett capped off his impressive spring with the longest gain for a tight end, getting a 6-yard gain along the sideline.)
Tyler Perry (Had two catches for nine yards.)
Kellen Clute
Caleb Smith (Looked like he knew the offense but didn't get a catch on the only pass thrown his way.)

Running Backs: ("There's good talent running the ball. They're all football players and will play on special teams and at times. Who the starter is we don't know yet but Storm Woods is definitely in the mix now. They all had moments today though, Agnew, Jenkins, and Ward so we'll just have to see how it pans out. They are all versatile, they just need to work on pass blocking," said Riley.)
Malcolm Agnew (Agnew probably ranked third among the running backs in terms of performance at the spring game. He had one nice run but was ineffective on his other touches.)
Storm Woods (Storm Woods was the most exciting back and had the best game by far. A lot of people, including Riley, are excited that this could be the next great back for OSU, but the bottom line is that he is still fighting for the starting job at this point.)
Terron Ward (Had the second best game, with solid runs and good pass blocking.)
Jordan Jenkins (In a textbook case of how stats sometimes lie, Jenkins was the leading rusher with 45 yards on nine carries, but he still probably had the toughest day among the four backs that played in Saturday's game. He did excel in pass blocking, however.)
*Jovan Stevenson

Quarterbacks: ("I thought our quarterbacks made some bad throws which is a little disappointing and something that we need to fix and improve on," said Riley. "Overall they did well today, it's just eliminating the occasional bad decision that we need to work on… Cody had a great spring and Sean probably had some of the best learning moments of his football career and got a lot of new knowledge in terms of coverages and pure football.")
Sean Mannion (The Beavs' starter did not perform well in his last practice of the spring, throwing an interception to Ryan Murphy in the opening series and into double coverage. He was inaccurate most of the day, but Saturday's out was an anomaly in what has been a very good spring session for Mannion overall. "The interception he threw today was a little bit of a step back. He still throws into too tight of coverage, which leads to bad things, but he's gotten so much better this spring," said Riley.)
Cody Vaz (We have a definitive ‘one' and ‘two', but I feel like we have two No. 1 quarterbacks because Cody is so good. You're always one play away from that next guy so it's nice to know we have such a capable backup," said Riley.)
Jack Lomax (Lomax didn't play all that sharp in his limited action, throwing an interception to Audiss. He was, however, 9-13 for 70 yards.)
Richie Harrington

Defensive Line ("I think what's happened in camp is both Rusty Fernando and Rudy Fifita have improved a lot which gives us two more (DEs) and with Devon Kell we have five solid guys. And then Mana Tuivailala has stepped up in the interior. If we get Castro back and continue developing the rest of the guys on the inside we're going to have some depth," said Riley.)

Left Defensive End
Scott Crichton
Devon Kell (Kell is another player that Riley expects to get playing time this year at both the left end and defensive tackle position. There is good depth at the position this year.)
Rusty Fernando
Lavonte Barnett (The freshman made more than one play in Saturday's game, blowing up running plays in the backfield. He was one of the more impressive guys on the defensive line on the day and stood out.)

Left Defensive Tackle
Mana Rosa (Rosa plugged up the middle with the first team in what was a dominating effort for the whole first unit.)
Joe Lopez
Brandon Bennett
*Castro Masaniai (Didn't participate in the spring game.)

Right Defensive Tackle
Andrew Seumalo
Desmond Collins
Mana Tuivailala
Noa Aluesi

Right Defensive End
Dylan Wynn (Had a couple of would-be sacks if he was allowed to hit the quarterback, something he's surely looking forward to doing once the fall rolls around.)
Rudolf Fifita (Fifita is a player that Riley is very high on. His improvement was notable, particularly at the tail end of the spring, and it is expected he will get playing time at both tackle and right end at times in ‘12.)
John Braun
Na'Alii Robins
*Blake Harrah (injured and did not participate)


Linebackers: ("I think if D.J. is healthy and Doctor on the outside, that's a good group. Unga makes plays in the middle of the field and will be good for us. I like where this group is right now in terms of athleticism and now experience as well," said Riley.)

SAM Linebacker
D.J. Welch (Tweaked his hamstring that has bothered him all Spring and left the game early, but was phenomenal in coverage prior to re-aggravating the injury.)
Jabral Johnson
Will Storey
Kyle Egan

MIK Linebacker:
Feti Unga (Unga stuffed the run and played pretty well in zone coverage. He didn't stand out with any big plays but he's a guy that Riley and d-coordinator Mark Banker have faith in as the leader in the middle of the defense.)
Rueben Robinson
Josh Williams
Jaswha James
Kyle Gardner
Charlie Gilmur

WIL Linebacker:
Michael Doctor (Doctor looks ready for a productive 2012 season. He knows the defense now and has gotten bigger and faster since last year. He was solid in pass and run defense on Saturday.)
Cade Cowdin
Shaydon Akuna
Zeke Sanders (Sanders made two nice tackles chasing down Ward on the sideline for only two and three yard gains.)

Secondary: ("The safeties have grown tremendously," said Riley. "Murphy, Zimmerman, and Ashton I think can all play. I think that is a really good sign for us. I think Rashaad Reynolds has really improved dramatically from the beginning of last year to now. Of course Poyer is the other guy but we have to find more corners that we feel good about playing in the games and I don't think we can say that right now."

Left Cornerback:
Jordan Poyer (Poyer was outstanding in coverage on Wheaton for most of the day. He broke up passes and didn't allow Wheaton to beat him deep at any point in the game.)
Keynan Parker
*Larry Scott

Safety:
Ryan Murphy (Murphy made the most plays on defense all spring long, and continued things on Saturday with interception on only the fifth play of the game.)
Peter Ashton (Ashton got a good amount of time with the first team and played well, including an interception late in the scrimmage.)

Safety:
Tyrequek Zimmerman (Zimmerman was impressive, especially in run support. He made multiple tackles in the middle of the field, helping to shut that area down.)
*Anthony Watkins
Micah Audiss (Audiss had the third interception for the Beavers coming off of third stringer Jack Lomax.)

Right Cornerback:
Rashaad Reynolds (Left the game early with a hand injury, but said it was nothing serious afterwards.)
Sean Martin (Martin sat out the spring game with concussion symptoms.)
Malcolm Marable (Got some time returning kicks on special teams and looked pretty good finding the right lanes to run through.)
*Brian Watkins

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