Spring Practice Day Four -- All Smiles
April 6, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. -
Head coach Mike Riley is typically all smiles, especially during spring practice. He doesn’t have to strategize for a game, there are no media conference calls and other time commitments. He was all smiles today after an absolutely glorious spring day in the mid-Willamette Valley.
The Beavers were in pads participating in limited hitting, even receiver James Rodgers got into the act. It appeared nobody was worse for wear.
Early in practice defensive line coach Joe Seumalo, with the help of former Beaver linebacker Alan Darlin (student coach) had four linemen lay on their backs. At the sound of Seumalo’s voice, the linemen had to run to a ball that was attached to a cord held by Darlin – defensive ends Taylor Henry and Ben Terry were no match for the other linemen in the quickness drill.
“Ben is a terrific athlete and we have a lot of confidence in his ability,” Riley said. “He’s quick, a lot like what Slade (Norris) and Victor (Butler) brought to the team last year.”
At the end of the practice it was time for “team” drills. There were several impressive catches and equally nice throws by Sean Canfield and Ryan Katz. Jordan Bishop, who has been outstanding for some time now, was on the receiving end of a couple of long tosses. Darrell Catchings made some quality grabs as did Joe Halahuni.
As for quarterbacks, 2008 starter Lyle Moevao is expected to be out of his sling on his repaired right shoulder by Monday – the mandatory six-week mark prescribed by the medical staff. Walkon quarterback Brennan Sim said he expects to finish this term before transferring to South Alabama to be a member of the Jaguars’ inaugural football team this fall (NCAA allows him to transfer without penalty). Sim will be missed in more than just on the field drills.
Former Beaver quarterback standout and current Beavers All-Access host Steve Preece was in attendance Monday. Preece noted he was impressed by the play of Canfield.
“He doesn’t look like the same kid as even last year,” Preece said. “I like the way he bends his legs to get set when he drops back, that’s something he has improved at and it will make him more agile against the rush. On tape you can see big improvements.”
Preece was one of a handful of former players in attendance. Former NFL standout James Allen stopped by; he’s working on his liberal studies degree – “Spring and summer term and I’m done.” He’s considering coaching as a profession, but admits he’s not sure he has the patience. Also on the sidelines was former safety and Beaver career interceptions (20) leader Mitch Meeuwsen and 2007 Civil War standout running back Matt Sieverson.
It’s back on the field Wednesday as week two moves along; more information will be available at that time about a possible upcoming practice with game officials.
Another large media gathering in Corvallis Monday, including KMTR and KVAL, Cliff Kirkpatrick of the GT, Paul Buker of The Oregonian and Terry Horstman of the Barometer. Jorge Arangure Jr. from ESPN The Magazine visits the OSU campus Tuesday through Thursday for a future feature on “Quizz” and “Quan.”
Also check out Beaver Nation Online for video footage and interviews from today’s practice.
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