DAY 12 - Dings Continue to Dent Receiving Corps

Aug. 21, 2009

CORVALLIS -

Today was a relatively quiet morning of practice with not a lot to report. No popsicles, no updates on Darrell Catchings, the offense was back to making plays, all is well at Prothro Field.

Then again, tonight brings the second half of a double day, which has led to the Beavers’ two most significant injuries of fall camp – Catchings’ wrist injury during a blocking drill on Saturday, and James Rodgers’ knee-to-knee collision during a limited contact session Wednesday.

With Catchings and Rodgers watching practice today, Sean Canfield was fortunate to have No. 1 slotback Casey Kjos back on the field after missing yesterday’s practice with a tight back. But today it was Markus Wheaton (groin) who sat out of practice – although he was rarely out of arm’s reach of the elder Rodgers.

“That was a pretty good group of receiving watching practice today,” observed head coach Mike Riley.

With OSU’s rash of nicks and dings Riley appears to have plans that limit the veterans the risk to his veterans in tomorrow’s scheduled scrimmage.

“Some of our older players, juniors, seniors, they may get 10 or 15 plays, then get out,” Riley said. “Then we have some decisions to make about some guys, whether to redshirt or not redshirt and we need to watch them play a little bit. (The scrimmage) may end up being a fairly extensive scrimmage but not with some of the older guys.”

So ... it would be fair to say fans won’t see much of Jacquizz Rodgers on the field tomorrow. As for the quarterbacks?

“Sean (Canfield) will take some (snaps) and then probably Pete (Lalich) and Ryan (Katz) will take the bulk of the rest. There may be a little bit at the end for the freshmen.”

On the field today there was a physical clash of No. 19’s on one play. Freshman tailback Jovan Stevenson skipped to the outside bursting into the open field briefly before being engulfed by junior end Matt LaGrone. LaGrone wrapped up his opposite number swinging him in a circle before kindly releasing him downfield for his other teammates to chase and “tackle.” After dominating on that particular play to the delight of several observers in my vicinity, LaGrone was on the opposite end on the very next play. Another run play – this time away from the big guy – but this time redshirt freshman Colin Kelly knocked LaGrone off his feet and headed downfield seeking another victim.

Damola Adeniji, who missed practice earlier this week, continued his impressive fall camp. On one play, Adeniji hip-checked Tim Clark creating space as the ball arrived to make the catch before turning upfield for a bigger gain.

Peter Lalich displayed an impressive play action fake today getting the entire defense heading the wrong direction on a roll-out. It would have been a great play for the offense if not for an even more impressive play by Jordan Poyer to break up the pass intended for Geno Munoz.

Quizz Rodgers made a nice move – surprise – making Taylor Henry look silly today. Henry had gotten deep into the backfield quickly but a side-step by the elusive Rodgers left Henry grasping air.

Catch Ron Callan’s Beaver Sports Report weekday mornings between 8-9 a.m. on KPAM 860, the home of the Beavers in Portland ... Riley will be on FOX Sports Radio tomorrow morning at 9:30 with Brian Webber and Derrick Deese.

MEDIA STUFF Media in attendance today included Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette-Times and Paul Buker of The Oregonian. Buker had a nice article in today’s paper about Matt LaGrone while Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune covers Taylor Kavanaugh and his impending battle with his brother, Connor. The GT's Kevin Hampton has a story about defensive end Kevin Frahm and Bob Clark of the Register-Guard has a different look at Frahm.

 

SIDELINE VIEWS For the second day in a row, the Catch of the Day goes to a defender. During a the young guys session towards the end of practice, redshirt freshman Brian Watkins swatted a pass up and away from Micah Hatfield before managing to snare the carom before going out of bounds ... Another large cast of players watching from the sidelines minus pads – James Rodgers (knee) remains out after having a knee-to-knee collision on Wednesday night. Markus Wheaton (groin) and Sioeli Nau each missed practice today for the first time this fall and Josh LaGrone (knee) was on crutches after twisting his knee during yesterday’s practice ... Lance Mitchell (hamstring), who returned to practice yesterday, practiced with the first string this morning, while Cameron Collins (groin) was dressed for the second day in a row but also took limited reps for the second day in a row. Tonu Tuimalealiifano (knee) and Casey Kjos (back) returned to practice after taking yesterday off and Alex Linnenkohl (knee) was also back on the field after missing the latter portion of practice yesterday ... It should also be noted Brennan Olander shed his crutches yesterday and appears to be recovering well.

 

Today is a double day, so the team will be back in action this evening (6:30 p.m.) in shells. Tomorrow is a scrimmage with practice beginning at 2 p.m.

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