Spring Practice - Day 7 - Defense Rules the Day

April 12, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - When was the last time People Magazine and Sports Illustrated were on the Oregon State University campus at the same time? It's unlikely anybody knows the answer, but it would probably be a safe bet that it has never happened.

People was here for a photo shoot with head men's basketball coach Craig Robinson while SI's Stewart Mandel was making the Oregon swing today to visit the football teams. Mandel spoke with head coach Mike Riley and running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Watch for his reports here.

Week three of spring football practice started with the best weather of the month and the team took advantage by taking to the Reser Stadium field.

The team held its second 'scrum' in as many practices, with more of an official scrimmage-like scheduled for Friday. A scrum, which is a relatively new term in the Beaver coaching staff terminology, is nothing more than situational downs and distances, but it does give the coaching staff a chance to look at full contact.

It was slow going for the offense during the 'scrum' with the quarterbacks completing only a handful of passes thanks to the aggressive play by the seconday.

Each of the four quarterbacks (Ryan Katz, Peter Lalich, Jack Lomax, Cody Vaz) were out there for at least one series and each went deep to open up. Lomax was the only one who hit his receiver deep hooking up with Kevan Walker for a 65-yard touchdown along the sideline.

It was a day for the defense during the scrum with cornerbacks Brandon Hardin and Jordan Poyer both having nice breakups, Poyer's leading to an interception.

'It's generally tough to move the ball during spring practice,' Oregon State head football coach Mike Riley said following practice Monday. 'That's a pretty good sign on where we are defensively. Offensively, we just have to keep working all the parts, more and more to get better.'

The offense was not to be outdone however. Following the 'scrum' the team broke up into smaller groups and the offense went against the defense in a 7-on-7 situation.

Senior-to-be receiver James Rodgers took a pass from Katz on the near sideline and put a move on Cameron Collins that would beat any safety in the Pac-10 and walked into the end zone.

Lalich got in the action with a touchdown pass to H-Back John Reese and so did Vaz throwing a nice pass over the middle to Geno Munoz for another touchdown.

The team will be back outside for practice rain or shine Wednesday and Friday of this week.

We invite you to watch today's post-practice interview with cornerback James Dockery and wide receiver Aaron Nichols on Beaver Nation Online, the official audio/video source of Beaver Athletics. Beaver Nation Online paid subscribers can view the 31-14 romp of California for the fifth straight time in Berkeley and giving the Beavers their sixth win of the season. You can see many more of OSU's 'Classic' games online it their entirety on BNO.

Did You Know? Every senior on the active roster, including non-active player Casey Kjos, have either graduated or are on track to graduate in either June, December or March (2011). That includes Wilder McAndrews and Aaron Nichols, who have been accepted into OSU's Doctor of Pharmacy program.

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