DAY 18 - Lyle Throws, Runs the Offense
Aug. 27, 2009
CORVALLIS - FAN REMINDER: Saturday's practice has been moved to 10:45 a.m. and will not be a scrimmage.
The big news following practice today is that senior quarterback Lyle Moevao led the offense today throwing darts on a handful of plays.
'I did a lot of throwing last night,' Moevao said after practice. 'If felt really good out there. It's getting to the point where all of the throws are starting to get comfortable. Even the ones that didn't feel good are better. I was told by the trainers and coaches that last night's throws had some zip.
'Lyle is getting better and better,' head coach Mike Riley said. 'He went through a pretty extensive workout last night. He's making a lot of progress. It's just a matter now ofwhent he doctors say `go' - then it's a matter of strength.'
When asked about Sean Canfield's fall camp so far Riley continued, 'Sean's done extremely well and without a doubt I have confidence. Really it's about two quarterbacks, because this team belongs to two quarterbacks.'
Later Ryan Katz beat a blitzing defensive back hitting Geno Munoz for what should have been a short gain, but the safety jumped the route just missing the interception and it was off to the races for Munoz. Jordan Bishop beat David Ross in the red zone for a touchdown which seemed to ignite the defensive backfield which then recorded break-ups by Clark, Patrick Henderson and Ross within the next few minutes.
During red zone drills Cameron Collins made a nice play stepping in front of a receiver, then juggling the ball for several second before snaring it and downing the ball for a touchback. Clark made a great interception leaping for the ball and securing it despite being tackled by tight end Brady Camp, who was trying to break up the play.
New Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott was on campus today. Scott is touring his new conference's various member schools. Mike 'Voice of the Beavers' Parker grabbed Commissioner Scott for an in-depth interview for tomorrow's Joe Beaver Show.
Speaking of the Joe Beaver Show, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh is scheduled to make an appearance tomorrow at 12:10 p.m. ... Catch Ron Callan's Beaver Sports Report weekday mornings between 8-9 a.m. on KPAM 860, the home of the Beavers in Portland.
The media load was doubled today with Bob Clark of the Register-Guard and Nick Daschel of BusterSports.com joining Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette-Times and Paul Buker from The Oregonian today ... At lunch, Daschel talked to several freshman - Dax Dilbeck, Cody Vaz and Rueben Robinson; Kirkpatrick spoke to Keith Pankey and Ryan McCants; and Clark chatted with Pankey, Alex Linnenkohl and Sean Canfield ... Today's papers have stories about Jacquizz Rodgers in the GT by Kevin Hampton and in the Portland Tribune by Kerry Eggers, another story on the battle to back up Quizz in the Register-Guard from Bob Clark.
Devin `Unga had the Catch of the Day displaying outstanding concentration to haul in an errant pass. A tipped pass entered `Unga's vicinity and he juggled and chased down the carom at least five yards further downfield before securing the ball. Damola Adeniji gets honorable mention today. Adeniji made a great adjustment on a ball thrown behind him, twisting all the way around to grab the ball away from James Dockery, who would have had a sure interception ... Injury updates: Nothing new to report. Same guys out and same guys in as yesterday. Lance Mitchell, who was slowed yesterday was back with the first team today.
The team is set to practice tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.
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