Oregon State Holds First Football Scrimmage

Aug. 12, 2003

CORVALLIS - Oregon State ran through a short one-hour scrimmage at Prothro Field Tuesday, but it was long enough for Coach Mike Riley to get his entire roster into the fray.

The 52-play scrimmage will give the coaching staff their first look at this year's squad under fire for the first time in fall camp.

The Beavers have a long way to go before opening the season on Thursday, August 28 at Reser Stadium against Sacramento State in a 7:00 p.m. contest.

Riley has been pleased with the progress of his OSU squad and didn't change his mind after Tuesday's short scrimmage and practice.

'I am pleased overall,' said Riley. 'Our defense at times overwhelms the offense with their speed. Our offense has been stifled a little bit working against the first unit defense, and that unit is pretty quick. There are a lot of pluses to that as well, so I am not really worried about the offense. The offense is working against very good speed and quickness, and that helps you get better.'

Most of Tuesday's scrimmage was devoted to giving backup players a long look. Two offensive players definitely took advantage of the opportunity. Backup junior quarterback Adam Rothenfluh definitely looks stronger and more experience over his 2002 season. Rothenfluh completed 5-of-9 passes for 74 yards, including a 50-yard TD pass to sophomore Mike Hass, another player having a terrific camp.

'Mike Hass has had an outstanding camp right from the very first day,' said Riley. 'We are looking for depth within the receivers, and he certainly is a factor in that aspect. Mike is very bit as competitive for a starting spot as anyone else.'

Oregon State spent the first hour of practice working on special situations on down and distance and in the red zone. When the actual scrimmage started, starting tailback Steven Jackson and wide receiver James Newson were pulled off the field as Riley was taking no chances with his two prize offensive stars. Quarterback Derek Anderson was also lifted after a handful of plays.

The Beavers' defensive unit was making itself felt all afternoon and put a lot of pressure on the seven quarterbacks participating in the scrimmage. The seven quarterbacks combined to complete 10 of 26 passes for 115 yards and the one touchdown. Two passes were picked off by the OSU secondary, one by Aric Williams, and the other by freshman Eric Anderson.

The leading rusher on the day was freshman tailback Yvenson Bernard who picked up 28 yards on six attempts.

Oregon State will scrimmage again on Saturday at Prothro Field, starting at 1:00 p.m.

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