DAY 4 - Would somebody teach that guy to slide?

Aug. 13, 2009


Two plays - back-to-back - kept the media contingent amused today. First Quizz did his thing, making the defense look silly, then Sean Canfield tried sliding and got stuck instead.

On the play in question, Jacquizz Rodgers rushed to the left where he was met in the backfield by Matt LaGrone. Although LaGrone likely would have had a tackle in a game, Quizz stopped on a dime and began backpedalling before reversing his course leaving LaGrone - and the line of scrimmage - behind.

On the next play, Canfield dropped back and found limited options. He decided to scramble and ultimately tried to slide. His knee brace caught in the grass halting his forward progress and bringing a chorus of hoots and snickers from the players on the sideline. Canfield's brace required the assistance from head athletic trainer Barney Graff who was kind enough to scrape the dirt out.

As usual, practice opened with the special teams. Today's special teams period focused on the punt team and kickoff coverage. However, it might be noteworthy that four guys - Taylor Kavanaugh, James Rodgers, Markus Wheaton and Rashaad Reynolds took turns fielding punts. The punt return position is open with the graduation of Sammie Stroughter. Kavanaugh is the only guy on the roster with experience at the college level.

True freshman Michael Philipp has shown dramatic improvement in the past two days. After getting beat several times on Tuesday, Philipp has more than held his own demonstrating the quick learning curve offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh has referred to on several occasions. In an effort to get Philipp plenty of reps, he's been spotted on the first and second team line and sometimes both.

'We have some pretty good speed (at defensive end),' head coach Mike Riley said after practice. 'All of our guys will get beat from time to time. But with the intelligence and athleticism he has - and he has a lot for his size - and learning better technique he's going to show a lot of improvement. He's really coming along.'

More big plays were made today with Brandon Hardin and Suaesi Tuimaunei snaring interceptions and Keaton Kristick recovered a fumble. During the 'young guys' period Feti `Unga returned an interception for a touchdown.

On offense, Damola Adeniji got deep twice, Geno Munoz made a leaping catch and went long once, and Casey Kjos grabbed a long touchdown as well. Joe Halahuni also had a strong day picking up big chunks of yardage several times.

TEAM BUILDING So, if you have been reading the daily wrap of football practice you have no doubt heard about the team building activities. Those activities range from motivational speakers to sumo wrestling.


On Wednesday it was scavenger hunt night. The event was a way for the 'kids' to interact with each other and of course a brainchild of assistant head coach Jay Locey. The following are the rules and questions for the hunt...

Object: Be the first person to have all the lines signed by the people who meet the given criteria.

Goal: To meet your teammates and to learn something about them.

Rules: You may have only ONE name of a teammate for each item. Do not copy; find the people on your own.

1. Has caught a shark at one time while fishing
2. His hometown is east of Mississippi
3. Has read four or more books this summer
4. Has four or more siblings
5. Plays the piano effectively
6. Is engaged or married
7. Has long jumped over 21'
8. Has swam in the Atlantic or Caribbean Ocean
9. High school that attended mascot was in the 'Cat' family. i.e. tiger, panther, cougar, wildcat...
10. Lived or travelled outside the US this spring or summer
11. Drives a vehicle that is 1987 or older.
12. Is not from Oregon but has visited Bend, OR
13. Won a state championship in high school
14. His current GPA is a 3.5 or higher
15. Is from a high school with less than 500 students
16. Is not a defensive lineman now but played it in high school
17. Has attended a rodeo
18. Is 23 years old or older
19. Has attended a Little Wayne concert
20. Has visited the Grand Canyon

The first 10 players who completed all 20 questions had their names thrown into a box for a drawing for the dinner of their choice from Chef Raul. It's really no surprise the Lyle Moevao's name was drawn out of the box. Moevao says he will consult teammates in making up the menu. For the record, center Alex Linnenkohl says he was the first player to have 20 answers.

MEDIA STUFF Again, it was a relatively small media group. Paul Buker of The Oregonian had a conversation with James Dockery, Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette-Times chased down Mark Banker. Bob Clark of the Register-Guard and Kevin Hampton of the GT each conducted an interviews with Kevin Frahm. Hampton will have a story about the tight ends in tomorrow's GT.


The Washington Times released its preseason football poll and put the Beavers at No. 14 ... The Los Angeles Times' Chris Dufresne picked OSU at No. 22 today.

SIDELINE VIEWS Jordan Bishop had the catch of the day on an acrobatic grab during red zone drills from Ryan Katz ... On the injury front Darrell Catchings was on the sidelines not feeling well, Kevan Walker also missed practice after taking a hard hit at the end of yesterday's practice, Anthony Watkins (hamstring) looks like he's getting around the sidelines without a limp, Keynan Parker had his shoulder in a sling after yesterday's fall ...


The Beavers are in full pads tomorrow for the first time this season with practice resuming Friday at 2 p.m.

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