OSU Fall Camp Day 9: Haskins, tempers rising

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CORVALLIS – It’s day 9 here at Oregon State’s fall camp, where running back Damien Haskins had arguably the highlight of the entire camp thus far. Plus, the Beavers added a wrinkle to their full team drill, when things got so heated that coach Mike Riley had to momentarily stop practice.

Monday’s practice was probably the hottest of camp so far, and then yesterday’s practice had thunder and lightning which forced the team to move indoors. Today brought a return to comfortable weather. The Beavers rolled out a new twist to their full team drill. Normally, the line of scrimmage is the offense’s own 25-yard line, and so they have a large majority of the field to work with. Today, that was not the case. In two iterations of the team drill, the offense set up on the defense’s 1- and 12-yard lines. Lined up one yard from pay dirt, Haskins received a handoff from Sean Mannion, and took a pretty good hit right the line of scrimmage. Haskins disappeared for a moment behind all the bodies of the offensive and defensive players, only to emerge upright seconds later before running in for a touchdown. It was such a good second effort that it caused the entire offense to celebrate. “All the players took note of that,” Riley said, “I really like that kid. He’s bigger than most of...

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