Beavers Sloppy In Saturday Scrimmage
April 19, 2003
CORVALLIS - OSU Head Coach Mike Riley called it a sloppy practice Saturday at Reser Stadium as the Beavers' held their second scrimmage of the spring.
'It was probably our roughest day of the spring in terms of execution, and I'm not exactly sure what that was,' said Riley. 'We did mix a lot of things in today. We played a lot of people and worked on some situational things. All told, we ran about 70 plays.
Other than two drives in the red zone to start things off, Riley pretty much gave his key returning starters the day off and looked at everyone on the roster Saturday as OSU's gets ready to end spring drills next Saturday with the 1:00 p.m. Spring Game at Reser Stadium.
'Derek Anderson worked a lot in situational settings early in the practice,' said Riley. 'He has worked a lot this spring. Steven Jackson has carried the ball a lot during his career, so I'm not sure how much more work or tackles he needs. Plus, we needed to look at other people and them some time.'
Backup quarterback Adam Rothenfluh struggled with two interceptions and two completions for 20 yards in four attempts. Freshman Danny Southwick also had a tough afternoon, completing only 1 of 5 passes for 3 yards and he was sacked three times.
Freshman Anton Clarkson completed 2 of 3 passes for 73 yards, including a 63-yard TD pass to Josh Hawkins. However, he was also intercepted. The scrimmage ended on a 37-yard TD pass from Colt Charles to Josh Farrell. It was Charles' only completion. A sixth quarterback, Brandon Jones, completed 1 of 2 attempts for 8 yards.
Junior redshirt safety Harvey Whitten intercepted a pair of passes in the scrimmage and cornerback Aric Williams also picked off an interception.
When asked how he feels about spring drills to this point, Riley said, 'It didn't look like football at times today, but overall this spring it has. There has been a lot of progress in just learning the system and growing.'
Riley hopes the final week of spring drills will also enable to the coaching staff to get a better feel as to how the depth chart will play out in the secondary and at the wide receivers, where only James Newson has a position locked up.
Oregon State will hold is final Spring Game next Saturday at Reser Stadium, starting at 1:00 p.m. There will be a $5.00 admission charge for everyone with the money going to the Oregon State University Faculty Emergency Fund for Students to help defray the hike in tuition.
RECEIVING: (PC-YDS-TD) Josh Hawkins, 1-63-1; Josh Farrell, 1-30-1; Ryan Cole, 1-9-0; Travis Brown, 1-14-0; Tim Euhus, 1-6-1; Dwight Wright, 1-6-0; Deondre Alexander, 1-3-0; Scott Smith, 1-10-0; Andrew Taylor, 1-8-0.