If the Glove Doesn't Fit ... Nike Will Deliver

April 29, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -

It’s Wednesday, so those Nike folks were back on the sidelines with the latest and greatest gear for Beaver football players to test. Like the shoes, we can’t show you, but the gloves are clean looking and it’s likely you will see Darrell Catchings or James Rodgers next year with a nice pair.


It has come down to Saturday’s Spring Game and then it’s on to the “offseason” for the student-athletes and spring recruiting for the coaches.  Head coach Mike Riley will first attend Pac-10 Conference meetings next week, which could have a new feel with first-year commissioner Larry Scott on board.


As for the Spring Game, the suddenly shrinking roster has forced the coaching staff into a different format for Saturday.  Instead of being split into two teams, the offense will make up the white team and the defense the black team.  Injuries have significantly reduced depth this spring, particularly at running back and linebacker.  The new format should actually make it a more interesting afternoon with the first team offense, depleted as it is, vs. the first team defense at times.


Fans can start enjoying Saturday’s activities around the Spring Game at 10 a.m. with the start of the autograph session at Reser Stadium and Fan Fair at Parker Plaza.  For fans driving, make sure to tune into KPAM 860 for Ron Callan’s pre-game show at 11 a.m.  KEJO 1240 in the mid-Willamette Valley joins the festivities at Noon.  Subscribers to Beaver Nation Online can also watch the Spring Game until 2 p.m. with Mike Parker, Jim Wilson, Steve Preece and Callan calling the action.  The BNO and radio coverage will include on-the-field interviews with coaches and players throughout the game and quarterback Lyle Moevao will be wearing a microphone.  Moevao will also lead an entourage of Beavers into the Club Level at Noon to mingle with fans. 


It’s been an overall good spring, minus the injuries.  If there was such an award as the Spring MVP, junior receiver Darrell Catchings would get strong consideration, but senior quarterback Sean Canfield might have something to say about it.  In the two previous scrimmages, Catchings corralled 13 passes for 423 yards and four touchdowns – vs. – Canfield who was 27-for-42 for 549 yards and eight touchdowns.  But, it can’t be underestimated that those numbers are without a doubt inflated thanks to the defense, in particular tackle Stephen Paea and linebacker Keaton Kristick, being off limits to the quarterbacks.


So, what’s next after Saturday?  Mark on your calendars August 10 for the start of practice for the season; expect some preseason love for guys like James Rodgers, Jacquizz Rodgers, Stephen Paea and Keaton Kristick; the first official announcements for the television schedule could be out as early as next week; and make sure you continue to check this website for the latest in Beaver football news.


If you haven’t had a chance to view Derek Diederich’s (KEZI) feature on Paea, follow this link.  Also an interesting blog from respected Bay Area journalist Jon Wilner.



Spring Game Schedule

10 a.m. – South endzone ticket booths open ($5)

10 a.m. – Fan Fair at Parker Plaza

10-11 a.m. – Football Autograph Session – Reser Stadium field

11 a.m. – KPAM 860 pre-game show

12:08 p.m. – Hall of Honor Tribute – Paul Valenti

12:15 p.m. – Kickoff

2 p.m. – BNO and radio coverage ends

5 p.m – Baseball at Goss Stadium vs. Arizona State (soldout)</pre>


OSU Spring Football practices are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday from March 30 – April 29 beginning at 3 p.m. The spring season culminates with the Spring Game, May 2 at Reser Stadium at noon. Tickets for the Spring Game can be purchased beginning Monday, April 6 at the OSU Ticket Office in Room 107 of Gill Coliseum. Support Oregon State University Athletics by making your tax deductible donation to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund. For more information follow this link or call 541-737-2370. You can make an “everyday champion.”  Follow Beaver Athletics on twitter.



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