`Canfield to Catchings' Could be a Common Phrase this Fall

April 24, 2009


Senior quarterback Sean Canfield once again enjoyed a big day throwing for 271 yards and four touchdowns in the second of three spring football scrimmages for Oregon State, Friday afternoon. Canfield looked sharp completing 15 of 21 passes spreading the ball around to seven receivers and three quarterbacks directed the offense to 657 yards in the 105-play workout.

The story was similar as junior receiver Darrell Catchings, who appears to have taken over departed senior Sammie Stroughter’s split end position, made seven catches for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including one covering 70 yards. Canfield also had scoring passes of 35 yards to Damola Adeniji, 12 yards to Jovan Stevenson and finished his day with a 7-yard strike to Catchings.

It should be noted that despite the gaudy numbers posted by the offense, the quarterbacks were off-limits despite being under duress on a regular basis. Interceptions and big returns in the red zone by safeties Cameron Collins and Anthony Watkins were highlights for the defense.

“There was some really aggressive, good defense in the scrimmage particularly early on from the ones,” head coach Mike Riley said. “I like the looks there. Overall, it was very hard to run (the ball) which is always a good sign for what we want to do defensively. We gave up some big plays, but we’re making some big plays as well.”

Sophomore quarterback Justin Engstrom also directed a scoring drive tossing an 14-yarder to redshirt-freshman Geno Munoz who made a juggling catch in the back of the end zone. Engstrom was on the mark all afternoon completing 10 of his 13 passes for 78 yards. Redshirt-freshman Ryan Katz led seven drives including two that ended in field goals of 47 and 35 yards by junior Justin Kahut. Katz completed 18 of 33 passes for 193 yards.

Redshirt-freshman tailback Jordan Jenkins led the rushing attack with 53 yards on nine carries and added five catches for 24 yards. True freshman Jovan Stevenson ran for 33 yards on 10 carries and sophomore Ryan McCants ran 11 times for 29 yards.

Catchings led the Beavers in receiving with redshirt-freshman Jordan Bishop adding five receptions for 92 yards and Jenkins, Stevenson and senior Taylor Kavanaugh each added five catches.

OSU has the rest of the weekend off before returning to practice Monday for the final week of spring practice.

OSU Spring Football practices are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday from March 30 – April 29 beginning at 3 p.m. The spring season culminates with the Spring Game, May 2 at Reser Stadium at noon. Tickets for the Spring Game can be purchased beginning Monday, April 6 at the OSU Ticket Office in Room 107 of Gill Coliseum. Support Oregon State University Athletics by making your tax deductible donation to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund. For more information follow this link or call 541-737-2370. You can make an “everyday champion.” Follow Beaver Athletics on twitter.

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