Mike Riley Comments after Friday's Practice

April 8, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - Beaver head coach Mike Riley had the following comments after Friday's practice at the Truax Center. The team returns to the field Mon., April 11.

Q. It's been roughly a week of practice. How are things progressing?

A. 'It's a long process; there is no doubt about that. We've had a lot of good work, now we need to make the most out of the remaining spring practice.'

Q. Has anyone really stood out to this point?

A. 'There have been a lot of guys from time-to-time, it kind of goes back and forth. There appears to be a lot of plays being made by different people.'

Q. Are the quarterbacks progressing as you would like them to?

A. 'I think so. Ryan Gunderson had a nice day today throwing the ball, but they've all had their moments. This is a difficult time for the new guys, because they have had a lot thrown at them. They just get comfortable with what we are doing and then we add some more things - they take a few steps forward then maybe a step backward at times.

Q. Sean Canfield's situation is somewhat unique, how has he done to this point?

A. 'It's a real bonus that he is here and not only him, but for our team. Sean has put in a lot of work already that he wouldn't have been able to do until fall camp. He will be just that much further ahead. Sean has a nice lively arm and he appears to be very poised.'

Q. How has the defensive backfield looked to this point?

A. 'I think they have looked very good. I have to say that Keenan Lewis, in particular, is playing very well. Sabby Piscitelli looks very confident, Lamar Herron looks good and Daniel Drayton has made a lot of plays.'

Q. Mike Hass is a proven receiver, what are your thoughts on the rest of the receiving corps?

A. 'We expect a lot out of Marcel Love, Anthony Wheat-Brown, Josh Hawkins and Joe Newton. Those guys have already given us a lot of production.'

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