DAY 2 - It might've been a little too physical for me
Aug. 11, 2009
CORVALLIS - Day two of fall practice concluded with slightly more interaction between the offense and defense than was seen yesterday. And indeed, it was a physical practice period as several defenders needed to be reminded to keep receivers on their feet.
'We got a lot done today,' head coach Mike Riley said following practice. 'We had a little more interaction today and a lot of really good teaching. I hope that (limiting the interaction) was good for the next few days (when the players will add pads). It might've been a little too physical for me ... let's get some pads on.'
Both units had moments of success at various times. Stephen Paea used a quick first step to get through the line early on and certainly would have had a sack had he not pulled up short only to be barreled over from behind by Grant Johnson. On the very next play Brennan Olander reached the quarterback to record back-to-back sacks.
On another play Mike Remmers was caught by the assembled media after he horse collared a defender who was making a break for the quarterback. Still later, it was Michael Philipp who flattened Taylor Henry from behind (it was difficult to tell from my vantage whether there was holding involved) after Henry had used his speed to get passed the freshman.
Later in practice it was the offense that shone bright. James Rodgers got behind the defense twice to catch bombs from Sean Canfield. Shortly after his second touchdown, Rodgers went vertical to make an impressive leaping catch before calling it a day.
During the 'red ball' period the offense found success in the red zone with Jordan Bishop made a leaping touchdown grab from Sean Canfield on the first possession. Darrell Catchings made an over the shoulder catch in the end zone on a perfectly thrown ball from Ryan Katz. Katz followed that by hitting Casey Kjos for an easy short touchdown.
Darrell Catchings made the catch of the day, a 15-yard diving grab on an out route ... Linebackers coach Greg Newhouse was heard all over the field indoctrinating a large group of youthful linebackers on where to properly line up in an assortment of packages ... Keaton Kristick intercepted a dropped pass during skelly drills ... Geno Munoz was on the sidelines today due to cramps suffered yesterday; Markus Wheaton (lower leg) was limited in practice; Anthony Watkins chased down Taylor Kavanaugh along the sidelines and injured a hamstring ... Munoz and Wheaton are expected back tomorrow according to Riley. Watkins will be evaluated.
Last night, Wilder McAndrews beat Lyle Moevao in the annual Rock, Paper, Scissors competition. McAndrews, who is recovering from a wrist injury, reportedly used a unique one-handed RPS technique to defeat the 2007 runner-up.
Today was photo day at Reser Stadium. The freshmen and an assortment of veterans went through the line to get photos taken for the website, future publications, the Dam Cam, etc. Rookie offensive linemen Grant Enger and Tyler Thomas were forced to get their photos taken with the 'no-hawk' still in place. Colin Lyons and Mike Remmers were sporting their Mohawks as well.
The media contingent shrank considerably today. Paul Buker from The Oregonian spoke to Matt LaGrone and Michael Philipp, Bob Clark of the Register-Guard talked to Remmers, Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette-Times spent time with Damola Adeniji, Taylor Kavanaugh and Aaron Nichols, while Kevin Hampton, also of the GT, talked to Ben Terry.
Practice resumes Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the Beavers will don shells for the first time this season at the Prothro Football Complex.
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