He's Back......!

April 8, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -

You know who was in practice Wednesday.  You know, that guy who rushed for 186 yards against USC; that guy who became the first true freshman to earn Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year honors; that guy who Ted Miller at ESPN.com says is the fourth best player in the league and that he is not overrated.

Now, to be straight, it wasn’t like Jacquizz Rodgers played a game of “chicken” with Stephen Paea or Keaton Kristick, but he at least participated in some non-contact drills.

“I was really excited to do a little bit with him today,” head coach Mike Riley said.  “We’ve got quite a consensus of where he is (physically).  We will build on what we did today, but there still won’t be any contact.  It was a big deal for him and I think it was good for everybody.”

It’s not like Quizz is the only option offensively for the Beavers, for those who have been at practice they have seen the passing ability of the quarterbacks – mainly Sean Canfield and Ryan Katz – it’s hard to remember two signal callers at OSU with as much arm strength and who could throw the deep ball.  We aren’t forgetting about Lyle Moevao either as he looks forward to having his sling off in the coming days.  The Beavers are well-situated at QB, maybe with the most depth of any team in the country.

And while Quizz and James “Quan” Rodgers routinely grab the headlines, don’t forget about Ryan McCants in the backfield.  He continues to look very good and has taken some hits from the defense, and in fact dished a few out as well today.

But, let’s get back to the man of the hour, Quizz.          

“He looks very good to me, but then again he always looks very good to me,” Riley said.  “We’re just going to get him a bunch of work, and he’ll have a very good spring.”

“My shoulder feels good, I guess I won’t really know until there is some contact, but it felt good catching the ball today,” Jacquizz said.  “It feels good to be back; I’ve been on the sidelines since November  -- a long time.”

Your next chance to see Quizz and the gang will be Friday at approximately 2:45 p.m.  For those at practice Wednesday you might have noted a spring breaker in Corvallis.  Incoming freshman receiver Kevin Cummings, Jr., and his father Kevin Cummings, Sr., are spending the break acclimating to what life at OSU will be.  Kevin has received a nice honor and opportunity along with incoming recruit Jordan Poyer – the official announcement on that opportunity is scheduled for the middle of next week.

The media in attendance today included Cliff Kirkpatrick of the GT, Paul Buker and Molly Blue of The Oregonian and Fox 12 from Portland.  Make sure to also check out Beaver Nation Online for interviews with Riley and Jacquizz.

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