Spring Practice -- Day 10 -- Bear Crawls

April 19, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

'I hate them, but they are good for us,' senior center Alex Linnenkohl said following Monday's practice.  'We all kind of dread knowing that after practice we still have the bear crawls.'


Bear crawls are a trademark 'exercise' for the offensive linemen that coach Mike Cavanaugh brought to Oregon State when he arrived in 2005.  The drill is payback for missed assignments during the previous practice.  Head athletic trainer Barney Graff did his best to help the linemen by presenting a document stating that bear crawls are illegal under NCAA guidelines - of course Cavanaugh would have none of Graff's well-written, but fake document.

What is a bear crawl?  - per Wikipedia -- The bear crawl is almost identical to the regular crawl, but the feet are used instead of the knees, which creates an arched or squatted body posture. This works as a faster crawl but requires more effort to maintain.

The linemen didn't appear to miss many assignments today in the red zone and pressure (blocking schemes against the blitz) drills, but only a review of the tape will indicate if bear crawls are warranted for Wednesday.

The Beavers spent the day outside again on Monday for practice number 10, finishing just as a weather front approached the mid-Willamette Valley.  With just four practices and the spring game remaining, players can see the end in sight.   It has been a solid spring to this point and on offense it's evident that the Beavers won't be relying solely on James and Jacquizz Rodgers to carry the entire load. 


It's repetitive, but again it was Ryan Katz to Jordan Bishop, Ryan Katz to Jordan Bishop and more Ryan Katz to Jordan Bishop.  Track coach Kelly Sullivan appeared at Reser Stadium to catch the action in anticipation of having his potential NCAA high jump qualifier back in his world after the football staff turns him lose for the rest of spring term May 1.


James Rodgers also got into the action today on the receiving side of things with some nice catches and of course Jacquizz Rodgers made the linemen look good, which would seem to diminish the bear crawl count in future practices.  The number two back is a really interesting battle between Jovan Stevenson and Ryan McCants, both create issues for defenses with their different styles.


'It's just a matter trying to put all the parts together right now,' head coach Mike Riley said.  'The goal is to get better everyday.'


The media contingent today included Paul Buker from The Oregonian, Cliff Kirkpatrick from the Gazette-Times, the Daily Barometer, KEZI, BeaverFootball.com and BeaverBlitz.com.  Bruce Feldman from ESPN.com is expected to visit campus Wednesday, marking the third national writer to check in on the Beavers during this spring practice session.


We invite you to watch today's post-practice interview with Riley on Beaver Nation Online, the official audio/video source of Beaver Athletics.  Beaver Nation Online paid subscribers can view OSU's 'Classic' games online it their entirety on BNO.


Did You Know? The Emerald Bowl has been renamed the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and will be played Sun., Jan. 9 and likely will be the last non-BCS bowl game prior to the national championship contest.  Valero Alamo Bowl officials also announced late last week the game in San Antonio will be played Wed., Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. PST -- the Pac-10 Conference returns to the Alamo Bowl fold this year after last playing in the game in 1994 when Washington State defeated Baylor 10-3.  The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl will be played Thurs., Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. PST.


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