Spring Football Recap (April 20)

April 20, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - The Oregon State University football team held only its second practice of the spring session at the Tommy Prothro Football Complex Wednesday. The team continued contact practice as the annual spring game approaches April 30 at PGE Park in Portland.

Junior college transfer tight end Jason Vandiver and redshirt-freshman cornerback Keenan Lewis returned to practice after missing Monday with injuries.

The team returns to Prothro Field Friday for the final officiated practice of the spring session prior to the spring game.

Media represented Wednesday included KVAL-TV, KEZI-TV, The Gazette-Times, The Oregonian and The Barometer. OSU play-by-play broadcaster Mike Parker interviewed linebacker Keith Ellison and offensive guard Roy Schuening and will air the interview Thursday on the Joe Beaver Show from Noon-2 p.m. on KEJO Radio.

Oregon State officials also expect every senior who was on the roster for last year's Civil War to graduate by the end of fall term (2005) - several already have.

The following are comments from head coach Mike Riley about the Beavers' chances in this weekend's NFL Draft:

Q. What are your thoughts of the NFL Draft this weekend?

A. 'I think we have a very good chance to have a number of guys drafted, but we won't know how many until Sunday is over. We've seen a lot of interest in our guys.'

Q. There has been a lot written about Bill Swancutt and his perceived lack of size and speed. What are your thoughts?

A. 'Bill has some skills that are unique. Defensive lineman come in a lot of sizes and shapes, but I think it is a major mistake for them (NFL personnel) to look at Bill's perceived lack of size.'

Q. What is your opinion of Derek Anderson and his opportunity in the NFL?

A. 'Without a doubt he will have an opportunity. He's an outstanding prospect who will do very well at the next level. People talk about Derek's instinct and hustle, and that is exactly the same thing I heard about Tom Brady when he was entering the Draft.'

Q. Your thoughts on Mitch Meeuwsen chances?

A. 'Mitch can run and he has instincts. When you watch him on tape you see that he is productive, and one of the best indicators for any player is production. People watch him workout and then watch the game tapes and they find out how productive he is. Regardless of where he ends up in the Draft, he will do well for that particular team.'

Q. People have said that Aric Williams lacks size, what are your thoughts?

A. 'When I coached the corners in New Orleans, I was the biggest guy, except for Dale Carter. He is a little on the small side, but not too much. He had a great year for us last season; he made a lot of plays. I'm very excited about his opportunity and he is another guy who will go to camp and do very well.'

Q. How does all these players having an opportunity to go to the NFL help your program?

A. 'I think it helps this program, no question about it. In the last six or seven years Oregon State has made an impact in pro football. Before that time the only guy in the NFL was Reggie Tongue. I spoke with Reggie yesterday and we are both proud of the fact that there are so many guys in the League from Oregon State.'

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