DAY 1 - No-Hawks vs. Mohawks
Aug. 10, 2009
Click here to view photos from the first day of practice, including media day. Photos by Hank Hager.
If Latu Moala, Lyle Moevao or Casey Kjos don't find employment in their respective fields after graduation, maybe they could open a hair salon. The three have a gift for hair styles; in fact they may have created a first for Beaver football.
To add some background, the offensive linemen always begin fall camp with mohawks (the offensive line coach couldn't if he wanted to) - some even look pretty good, if that is possible. Senior lineman Gregg Peat has the letters USA shaved on both sides of his mohawk and junior center Alex Linnenkohl has a mohawk that ends with an arrow near his neck.
But, what Moala, Moevao and Kjos have done to true freshmen Tyler Thomas and Grant Enger is truly special. Those rookies have what is believed to be a Beaver first - a no-hawk. The Urban Dictionary describes the no-hawk as - a reverse mohawk. Resembles a fro with a strip shaved from forehead to nape of neck. In reality, one Beaver player says the new hairstyle looks like a 'zipper.'
Tomorrow is photo day ... specifically for the freshmen. So it'll be interesting to see what these guys look like then.
And so the first day of practice, which is often also a big media day, for fall camp is upon us. The weather could not have been better as a nice cool breeze off the Coast Range welcomed the players back for the 2009 season.
With the start of fall camp came the end of the Read-A-Thon battle between Kevin 'Hebrew Hammer' Frahm and Taylor 'Lunchbox' Kavanaugh. The two challenged each other during spring practice to who could read the most books before fall camp. Frahm read an incredible 19 books - which is no surprise really as he is often seen reading on road trips.
As promised last week during a roundtable discussion between head coach Mike Riley and the OSU beatwriters, there was minimal offense vs. defense on the practice fields of the Tommy Prothro Football Complex as the coaching staff focused more on teaching. Still there were several nice plays today including back-to-back diving catches by Geno Munoz (from Peter Lalich) followed by Damola Adeniji (from Sean Canfield). Late in the practice session projected starting middle linebacker David 'Bubba' Pa'aluhi picked off a tipped ball and took it to the house to the cheers of his black clad defensive teammates.
'There was nothing dramatic today,' Riley said. 'Nothing that's big time to talk about necessarily, it's just the start and it's just shorts ... but it's a start.'
The big media contingent today included a trio from The Oregonian - Paul Buker, Mike Tokito and Molly Blue. The Register Guard was represented by Bob Clark, the GT by Cliff Kirkpatrick, the Statesman by Gary Horowitz and the Albany Democrat-Herald by Jesse Sowa. All three Eugene television stations were in attendance as was Portland's KGW. In addition, Mike Parker and Jon Warren of JOE RADIO were in attendance as was Justin Herr of KYKN 1430.
One of the hot questions early during the summer has been about the health of the returning running backs and while Jacquizz Rodgers returned to the field at full speed, Ryan McCants was seen working with the JUGS machine and lingering at the sides of Riley and running backs coach Reggie Davis.
'I think that (the trainers and doctors) are really pleased with his progress,' Riley said. 'Ryan McCants has done an outstanding job of rehabbing. I still think it looks like it's going to be mid-September before he's actually playing. If that really holds true and he's ready in the middle of September, he'd only miss a few games.' Riley's media commitment continues to grow for this week, after being on the Jim Rome is Burning Show last Friday. The latest schedule has him on Friday on Fox Sports Radio in Seattle with Jeff 'The Fish' Aaron and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with Sean Farnham of Fox Sports Radio (FSR). Riley is also speaking to Ted Miller of ESPN.com on Tuesday.
Practice resumes Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Prothro Football Complex.
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