DAY 15 - Blue Bombers Invade Prothro
Aug. 24, 2009
CORVALLIS - A couple familiar faces reappeared at Prothro Field today in the form of Yvenson Bernard and Alexis Serna.
The former Beavers are part of a quintet of OSU alums (Dorian Smith and Derrick Doggett) on a bye week from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
When asked if Bernard would start for the 2009 Beavers if he were on the roster, head coach Mike Riley said. 'Yes. We would do what they're doing in Canada. They're playing him and the league's leading rusher together. It's a lot of fun to have Yve here. He's the exampler-setter as far as work ethic.'
Check out Beaver Nation Online for a post-practice interview with Yvenson Bernard.
There isn't a lot to report from the practice field today. Casey Kjos got loose on a deep crossing route that turned into a big gain and James Rodgers used a great double-move to get deep behind Tim Clark for what was likely a touchdown. It is also noteworthy that Patrick Henderson and James Dockery were sharing the reps with the first team today. Henderson has had a solid fall camp and appears to be working his way into a rotation. During the 'young guys' period, freshman Jack Lomax looked good connecting on at least four long passes. It might have been Lomax's best day of the fall and comes on the heels of Saturday's scrimmage in which he moved the offense effectively.
Freshman receiver Markus Wheaton was relegated to the sidelines today due to NCAA Clearinghouse issues. Players are allowed a 14 day grace period while sorting out their eligibility. Wheaton is expected to be cleared quickly, but will not be allowed to practice until that occurs.
Away from the field, the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas announced a contract extension with the Pac-10 Conference and the Mountain West Conference. The game will continue to pit the No. 1 team from the MWC against the No. 5 team from the Pac-10. The two conferences have been facing off in the game since 2001 with each conference winning four times.
Senior offensive guard Gregg Peat has been nominated for the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete award. The honor is based on community service, academics and athletics.
Catch Ron Callan's Beaver Sports Report weekday mornings between 8-9 a.m. on KPAM 860, the home of the Beavers in Portland ... OSU men's golf coach Brian Watts will be on the show tomorrow ... Jay Locey will on 95.5 The Game tomorrow at noon with Brian Wheeler.
After a day off, the media was back in action too looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Paul Buker of The Oregonian intercepted Jordan Bishop and Jay Locey, Bob Clark of the Register-Guard stopped Keaton Kristick and Gregg Peat for quick chats, and Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette-Times was after James Dockery ... there are rumors flying that Gary Horowitz (knee) of the Statesman Journal will be back on the sidelines tomorrow and has already turned in a list of 11 players he'll be pursuing (crutches and all) on Tuesday ... Jeff Smith has a nice story on Grant Johnson in The O today ... Jesse Sowa of the Democrat-Herald covers the Beavers' four players from West Albany.
Several players returned to the practice field today and took part in the action. Several had dressed Saturday for the scrimmage but received limited or no reps. Among those who participated today were: Taylor Henry (sick), Brent McNeil (dinged) and Kevin `Unga (hamstring) ... On the sidelines today were Jovan Stevenson (Achilles), Zane Norris and Howard Croom (dinged) ... Keynan Parker (shoulder) remains out but was running on the side ... Brennan Olander (knee) and Josh LaGrone (knee) are also getting around better today and appear to be making strides toward a return to the field.
Today is a double day so the team will return to practice in shells. Tomorrow the team will be back in pads for a 2 p.m. practice.
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