'Throwin' Dimes'

Aug. 15, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -



You'll have to understand the disposition of the Beaver secondary this morning, as the group was victimized by Sean Canfield's accurate passing.


'He's throwin' dimes today,' senior cornerback Tim Clark said while sprawled out on his back nursing a charley horse (he returned to practice).  'I got a couple of breakups though (sure enough a couple of plays later he intercepted a Ryan Katz pass).


Today looked like the same Canfield that we saw all spring - firing bullets to Darrell Catchings, James Rodgers and Aaron Nichols -- Casey Kjos missed this morning's workout while battling a fever.  It was the lefty's day as he particularly was on target with the smallest target on the field - James.


James even got in some flysweep action, but safety Suaesi Tuimaunei has seen that play enough to be in position every time.  Tuimaunei has quietly been impressive in camp, and caught the eye of former Beaver quarterback and FSN Northwest personality Steve Preece.  'I really like his footwork - he just plants and goes - that's a good sign for a safety.'


Speaking of safeties - Lance Mitchell (hamstring) and Cameron Collins (groin) were out today, as was linebacker David Pa'aluhi (dinged).  With Pa'aluhi out Keaton Kristick moved to the middle with Dwight Roberson and Keith Pankey flanking him. 


'It's probably the way we would go if something happened in the middle,' Beaver head coach Mike Riley said after practice.  'It's good preparation for us, but I look forward to David's return and Tony Wilson from his injury.'


For the first day of doubles, it was a nice cool morning.  The guys from Texas and the Midwest have so far enjoyed this cool summer weather, but that will change soon enough, and it will seem like a Texas furnace next week with the anticipated 90-plus degree weather headed to the mid-Willamette Valley.


One humorous moment late in practice, when during the 'young guys' time offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh fielded a high snap over Jack Lomax's head - Cavs did his best 'Quizz' impression - just a couple steps slower than the preseason All-American.


The usual small weekend contingent of media - Cliff Kirkpatrick and Paul Buker journeyed to practice.  Videographer 'Easy E' (Eric Edison) will have some post practice comments from Riley on Beaver Nation Online a bit later.  Beaver radio analyst Jim Wilson was also in attendance.


The team returns to the field later tonight, 6:30 to be exact, for the second double.  The practice will most likely be held in Reser Stadium and the team will be in shells only.


Sideline News

While many of the current Beavers hope to make it to the next level, several former Oregon Staters have and it's a big day for them as many of the teams open preseason action today.  Former safety Al Afalava will get to see former teammate tackle Andy Levitre as Chicago travels to Buffalo (NFL Network, 4 p.m. PDT), where linebacker Keith Ellison remains in a battle for a starting role.  Record setting quarterback Derek Anderson will try to impress for the starting role when he and Gerard Lawson play Nick Barnett's Green Bay Packers.  Sammie (Stroughter) and Sabby (Piscitelli) travel with Tampa Bay to Tennessee, and finally on the West Coast Mike Hass and Joe Newton hope to make a move to help themselves make the roster as the Seattle travels to Brandon Hughes' San Diego Chargers (NFL Network, 7 p.m. PDT) - former Beaver T.J. Houshmandzadeh gets his first game action with his new team.



Interesting study conducted by the University of South Carolina Athletic Communications Office.  Beaver Nation is well aware of the small senior class of this year's team; here's further indication of just that:


Teams with the fewest seniors in 2009

1. Boise State - 4

2. Duke - 9

   South Carolina - 9

4. Georgia Tech - 10

5. Miami (O) - 11

   North Carolina - 11

7. UConn - 12

   Idaho - 12

9. Central Michigan - 13

   Middle Tennessee - 13

   Oregon State - 13

   TCU - 13


Teams with the most seniors in 2009

1. Navy - 32
2. Troy - 31
3. East Carolina - 28
Kansas State - 28
San Jose State - 28
6. Syracuse - 25
UTEP - 25
8. Arizona State - 24
Army - 24
Wake Forest - 24



Ted Miller of ESPN.com posts his own All-Pac-10 team


QB Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon

RB Jahvid Best, California

RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

WR Damian Williams, USC

WR James Rodgers, Oregon State

TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona

C Kristofer O'Dowd, USC

OG Jeff Byers, USC

OG Colin Baxter, Arizona

OT Charles Brown, USC

OT Shawn Lauvao, Arizona State

K Kai Forbath, UCLA


DE Will Tukuafu, Oregon

DT Brian Price, UCLA

DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State

DE Dexter Davis, Arizona State

LB Keaton Kristick, Oregon State

LB Reggie Carter, UCLA

LB Mike Nixon, Arizona State

CB Walter Thurmond, Oregon

CB Syd'Quan Thompson, California

FS Taylor Mays, USC

SS Cam Nelson, Arizona

P Bryan Anger, California



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