DAY 13 - Defense Makes Plays in First Scrimmage
Aug. 22, 2009
CORVALLIS - Saturday's scrimmage had a distinct resemblance to the Spring Game in May. Once again, the defense can claim victory after forcing six turnovers and allowing 20 points in the 97-play officiated practice at Reser Stadium.
'I thought there was evident speed on defense, lots of big plays defensively,' head coach Mike Riley said. 'I thought the defensive surge up front was awesome with Kevin (Frahm), Ben (Terry), Matt (LaGrone) and Gabe Miller. I think it was impressive. The interior was about the same. I was impressed with the aggressiveness defensively and the turnovers and the big plays. Offensively, of course, you can't have the turnovers.'
Redshirt freshman Ryan Katz effectively moved the offense on the second possession of the day on a 10-play, 70-yard drive that resulted in Jordan Jenkins 14-yard touchdown plunge. Jenkins, who had a phenomenal spring, has seen limited reps during fall ball but burst back onto the scene today leading the Beavers with 61 yards on 11 carries. Jenkins also led the offense with six catches for 60 yards.
Katz led the offense's other touchdown drive as well, a 9-play drive that ended in a 9-yard strike to a sliding Jordan Bishop in the back of the end zone. But Katz didn't go unscathed when on his second series, he had a pass knocked away from the intended receiver to linebacker Keo Camat who returned the interception to the 1-yard line.
The Beavers' quarterbacks dealt with pressure in the pocket throughout the day as Matt LaGrone, Mana Rosa, Gabe Miller and Latu Moala each recorded sacks and more could have been called if not for the 'no hitting the quarterback' rules.
'We were disrupted a lot,' Riley said. 'The bright spot was the hard running of all three running backs. I loved that. I thought that was a good sign for the Beavers, how those three kids ran.'
In addition to Camat's interception and run, freshman lineback Devin `Unga picked off a pass and rumbled more than 40 yards before being brought down inside the 10-yard line. Junior safety Suaesi Tuimaunei had the first pick of the day, grabbing a pass from Sean Canfield at the goal line before returning it to the 25. Also making interceptions were true freshmen Rashaad Reynolds and Sean Martin. Kameron Krebs recovered a botched exchange between the quarterback and center for the other turnover.
Catch of the Day goes to Jordan Bishop who laid out to make a brilliant diving catch on a 23-yard gain. The play was called back by a holding penalty ... Hit of the Day goes to Cody Vaz! A fumbled exchange with the center threw the play into disarray and by the time Vaz had recovered the pocket was collapsing. The true freshman launched an ill-advised pass downfield that was caught by freshman cornerback Sean Martin. As Martin weaved his way back upfield Vaz went unblocked and smacked Martin along the sideline to the delight of the crowd ... Several players returned to the field today in pads after sitting out recent practices including James Rodgers (knee), Brent McNeil (dinged), Anthony Watkins (hamstring), Kevin `Unga (hamstring), Sioeli Nau, and Markus Wheaton (groin) ... James and Jacquizz Rodgers were among several veterans that were held out of the scrimmage ... Returning to the sidelines today were Tom Black and Taylor Henry (sick).
Tomorrow is an off day for the football team. However, the second-to-last double day looms on Monday with practices at 8:30 a.m. (pads) and 6:30 p.m. (shells).
Jordan Jenkins, 11-61-1; Jovan Stevenson, 8-57; Ashton Jefferson, 13-47; Markus Wheaton, 1-6; Ryan Katz, 2-3; Cody Vaz, 1-(-6); Peter Lalich, 2-(-9).PASSING (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)
Ryan Katz, 18-11-1-121-1; Sean Canfield, 14-6-1-69-0; Jack Lomax, 5-2-0-58-0; Peter Lalich, 8-2-2-7-0; Cody Vaz, 6-1-1-7-0.RECEIVING (No-Yds-TD)
Jordan Jenkins, 6-60; Damola Adeniji, 3-35; Kevan Walker, 2-35; Jordan Bishop, 2-26-1; Casey Kjos, 2-25; Taylor Kavanaugh, 2-11; Aaron Nichols, 1-23; Joe Halahuni, 1-17; John Reese, 1-14; Ashton Jefferson, 1-9; Markus Wheaton, 1-7.
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