The Final Week -- That Dang Injury Bug Hits Again

April 27, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -

On the day following the most successful NFL Draft in terms of Beavers being selected, three more players from last year's team joined the ranks of hopeful Sunday players. Tavita Thompson (Jets) and Shane Morales (Cardinals) have signed free agent contracts, and Greg Laybourn has been invited to the New Orleans Saints' rookie mini-camp.    


As for the current Beavers, the final week of spring practice began Monday. It was a full day of football as the team practiced in numerous situational drills.  Quarterback Sean Canfield and receiver Darrell Catchings had their daily deep pass route connections, and backup Ryan Katz got a lot of work in.


'I love today, there was a lot of football going on,' Beaver head coach Mike Riley said. 'We worked on everything, from goal line, to third down to two-minute - we had a smorgasbord of practice. There are a lot of things to improve on, but overall it (spring practice) has been very good.'


Unfortunately another injury occurred as reserve linebacker Tony Wilson from Sprague High School in Salem injured his right knee early in practice and was on crutches the rest of the day - the severity is not known at this time.


'It's getting to the point where it seems like it's one guy (injured) every day,' Head Coach Mike Riley said.  'From what I hear from other programs, I think we are doing okay injury-wise.  I always have a goal of getting everybody to the summer, then getting everybody to the first game.  It's (injuries) starting to bother me a little bit.  As for Tony, we will get at MRI, so it will be a couple of days before we know anything.'


The list of Beavers on the sidelines due to injuries continues to grow, particularly on offense.  Running back Ryan McCants is the newest addition after tweaking a knee in last Friday's scrimmage, which will likely keep him off the field this Saturday.  McCants joins James and Jacquizz Rodgers, Wilder McAndrews, Michael Lamb, Kyle Brown and Lyle Moevao on the list of interested spectators.  To summarize, expect to see a lot of Jordan Jenkins and Jovan Stevenson in the backfield for the Spring Game.


Make sure you catch Beaver Nation Online for another entertaining post-practice interview session, including the never bashful Tim Clark hosting Dwight Roberson for a one-on-one conversation. 


Check out all the details for the Spring Game here.  In addition, several of the players who won't be in action Saturday will be in the Club Level between Noon and 12:30 p.m. to mingle with fans.


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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