Mike Riley Talks About the Final Spring Practice

April 27, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - The Oregon State University football team completed its final spring practice of the season on Wednesday at the Tommy Prothro Football Complex. The team will travel to Portland Saturday for the annual spring game at PGE Park. Tickets are available through local Ticketmaster locations and at the ticket offices at Gill Coliseum and PGE Park.

Several Beavers left practice early or did not participate at all due to midterm exams. Redshirt-freshman receiver Zach Tarver did not practice due to a sprained knee. Junior offensive lineman Josh Linehan is the only potential starter who will not participate in Saturday's action due to a knee injury suffered earlier this month.

The following comments are from head coach Mike Riley after Wednesday's practice:

Q. How do you think Saturday is going to go?

A. 'It will be a little different than I would like it to be in an ideal world, but there will still be a lot of football played. The intent is to play in game like conditions, so this will be good for our team. We won't be able to play two different teams, but it will be competitive and hard-fought.'

Q. Are you excited about playing in PGE Park?

A. 'I think it's great, we have a lot of fans in that area. I also love that stadium because the Corvallis Spartans 1971 baseball team won the state championship (Riley was a team member) there, so there is a lot of tradition at that place. I think it is great for our team, for our fans, and it is a nice change of pace for the team.'

Q. You have a lot of players returning home for this game, talk about what it might mean to them?

A. 'Portland is big for us, we've had quite a number of players in our history from that area. I know it is fun for our guys from Portland, and for a lot of them that was their home field for high school games.'

Q. What advice have you given Mike Hass for this season?

A. 'More detail. I want him to learn how to run routes a variety of ways. It's one way to run all out, but it's another to run routes against man-to-man and zone - it's all about being able to adjust. The more you learn about the different ways to run routes the more opportunities you will have to catch.'

Q. How is Charles Burnley coming along?

A. 'He's been exciting. He has made some big plays this spring, whether it is running or catching the ball. Charles can really make a guy miss. I think he would have made a good corner, but in his heart he wants to be a running back. It has paid off for him at running back because he is making an impact. He has definitely put himself in the mix.'

Q. Injury wise, you seem pretty healthy right now, would that be accurate?

A. 'I really don't want to talk about that too much. We lost Josh Linehan for the spring and recently Zach Tarver, but overall it has been pretty good. We were in pretty good physical shape coming into spring practice.'

Q. It seems Matt Moore has had a few more reps during practice; is he starting to distance himself?

A. 'I wouldn't put too much into that right now. He is getting more reps because he has more to learn then some of our other quarterbacks who have been in the program. We will likely carry this competition out into the fall.'

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