Offense Generates 350 Yards in the First of Three Scrimmages

April 17, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. - The second week of Oregon State University football practice culminated with the first of three scrimmages Saturday at the Tommy Prothro Football Complex on the Corvallis campus.

The approximate 90-minute controlled scrimmage featured one touchdown, a 7-yard pass from projected starting quarterback Derek Anderson to tight end Joe Newton. The touchdown came on the 13th drive of the day.

'It was a pretty good day of football,' head coach Mike Riley said. 'This time of the year the defense is usually better than the offense, and that was the case today. We made a lot of good plays on defense.'

Anderson, a senior postseason honors candidate, completed eight of 19 pass attempts for 117 yards and the one score. His first six passes were incomplete, two of which were dropped by his receiving corps, before he completed five of the next six. His long pass of the day was a 55-yard strike to split end Mike Hass. Anderson also had a 19-yard completion to junior college transfer receiver Kevin Swanigan and an 18-yard completion to Anthony Wheat-Brown. Wheat-Brown worked with the receiving unit most of the week after starting spring ball as a safety, and cornerback Brandon Browner also spent time on offense as receiver. Browner had one reception for 17 yards.

'I don't have any concrete plans for Brandon right now, we are just experimenting this spring,' Riley explained. 'We are looking for some playmakers at the receiver positions, and that is why you see Browner, Wheat-Brown, and (Charles) Burnley working out in that area; hopefully one or more of those guys can help us throughout spring and possibly in the fall.'

The offense generated 350 net yards on 98 total plays, and 19 first downs (3 via penalty). Redshirt-freshman tailback Yvenson Bernard led the ground attack with 42 net yards on 15 carries, followed by redshirt-freshman Olaniyi Sobomehin with 26 yards on 10 attempts and sophomore Ryan Cole with 24 yards on 10 attempts. Senior Dwight Wright had eight carries early in the scrimmage, but did not see action the rest of the way.

'I thought our running backs ran well today, but there wasn't a lot of room with the play of our defensive line and linebackers,' Riley said. 'We have some good running backs and I expect all to see playing time this season.'

Redshirt-freshman quarterback Ryan Gunderson ran the second unit as senior Adam Rothenfluh missed the scrimmage due to a family commitment. Gunderson completed eight of 20 attempts for 77 yards, including a long completion of 17 yards to Browner. Sophomore Colt Charles hit on three of four attempts for 52 yards, including a 33-yard hook-up with freshman Brad Ching. Redshirt-freshman Paul Kirwan was two for five for 14 yards.

The defense had five 'touch' sacks - quarterbacks were off limits to being tackled.

Freshman placekicker Alexis Serna made all five of his field goal attempts, including a pair of 42-yard efforts.

The scrimmage was missed by the following players due to injuries - George Gillett, Kellen Marshall, John Dailey, Pat Loney, Mitch Meeuwsen, Ben Siegert, Jake Pratt and Seth Lacey. Gillett, Marshall and Dailey are day-to-day; Lacey is seeing limited practice time, while the other four are out for spring drills.

Oregon State returns to practice Monday, with the second spring scrimmage set for Sat., April 24.

Scrimmage Stats

Rushing: Dwight Wright 8 (att.)-7 (yds); Ryan Cole 10-24; Yvenson Bernard 15-42; Olaniyi Sobomehin 10-26; Derek Anderson 2-10; Ryan Gunderson 2-(-)7; Paul Kirwan 2-(-)12

Passing: (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD) Derek Anderson 19-8-0-117-1; Ryan Gunderson 20-8-0-77-0; Colt Charles 4-3-0-52-0; Paul Kirwan 5-2-0-14-0

Receiving: (PC-Yds-TD) Kevin Swanigan 3-43-0; Carl Appleton 2-9-0; Josh Hawkins 3-27-0; Mike Hass 1-55-0; Brandon Powers 1-4-0; Joe Newton 2-11-1; Jeremy Weldon 2-24-0; Dwight Wright 1-0-0; Anthony Wheat-Brown 1-18-0; Brandon Browner 1-17-0; Brad Ching 1-33-0; Scott Smith 1-14-0; Zach Hagemeister 1-5-0; Gabe Button 1-0-0

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