Backup Quarterbacks Sharp In Short OSU Scrimmage
April 12, 2003
CORVALLIS - Oregon State completed practice No. 7 at Reser Stadium Saturday with a short 28-play scrimmage and the Beavers' three backup quarterbacks all looked sharp, especially freshman Danny Southwick who threw for a pair of touchdown passes.
Coach Mike Riley elected to not scrimmage most of his starting players on offense and defense as he wanted to get a look at players who did not see a lot of playing time in 2002.
Southwick, a true freshman who enrolled at OSU at the start of spring quarter after completing his Mormon mission, put up impressive numbers. The 6-2, 200-pounder connected on four of five passes for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns, 34 yards to Travis Brown and 70 yards to Josh Hawkins to end the scrimmage.
Adam Rothenfluh quarterbacked the first two drives and could not get the offense into the end zone.
Redshirt freshman Anton Clarkson was the next quarterback on the firing line and he drove the offense 70 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. Clarkson scored form two yards out on a run after he connected on a 31-yard pass to Hawkins to set up the TD.
Southwick was at the controls in the final two drives and he moved the offense 70 yards in five plays for his first score, a 34-yard TD pass to Brown. The scrimmage then ended when Southwick connected with Hawkins for a 70-yard TD strike on the first play from scrimmage.
'There was a large amount of starters that we decided to hold back today,' said Riley. 'We have a pretty good idea of where they are in terms of skills. We need to give opportunities to guys the coaching staff doesn't know as much about. I wanted to see our quarterbacks and how they reacted, we need another guy or two to step up at that position (behind Derek Anderson). We need to find other running backs, other than Steven Jackson. The older guys, the projected starters, we know what they can do. I mean, really, what is a guy like Richard Seigler going to prove in one spring scrimmage? The purpose today was to get a little broader view of some players.'
Riley expressed pleasure with the performance of the three backup quarterbacks.
'I really thought all three (Adam Rothenfluh, Anton Clarkson and Danny Southwick) handled some things very well,' Riley said. 'They all executed parts of our offense, they saw some things, and they made some good throws. I was generally pleased with all three of them.'
Riley was also asked about the progress of the Beavers' secondary where OSU must replace both starting cornerbacks.
'We are playing a little different schemes, but overall they have been very aggressive, which I'm pleased about,' said Riley. 'We gave up a couple of big plays today, and that is what we can't have. We have to be sounder. In general, for this being the seventh practice, the secondary has looked pretty good.'
Oregon State is also looking for some other receivers to emerge to complement James Newson. Riley was asked about his thoughts on the progress of the receivers.
'There are some good players here,' said Riley. 'What they have to be is consistent and productive. All that comes over time. I have seen some great flashes from a number of guys, but we need them to do it day-in and day-out.'
Oregon State will scrimmage again next Saturday at Reser Stadium, starting at 12:30. The Beavers' Spring Game will be Saturday, April 26 at Reser Stadium, starting at 1:00 p.m. with a $5.00 admission charge.
RUSHING: Ryan Cole 6-19; Josh Farrell, 4-6; Riley Jenkins, 1-1; Anton Clarkson, 2-(-3).
PASSING: Danny Southwick, 4-5-124-1; Anton Clarkson, 3-5-52; Adam Rothenfluh, 3-6-25.
RECEIVING: Josh Hawkins, 4-122-1; Travis Brown, 1-34-1; Ryan Cole, 1-10; Joe Newton, 1-8; Arcadius St. Laurent, 1-12; George Gillett, 1-14; Gabe Button, 1-1.