DAY 9 - Katz, Lalich Impress While Canfield Rests
Aug. 18, 2009
CORVALLIS - Tuesday was a day for the backup, backup quarterbacks to shine, as senior Sean Canfield rested a sore shoulder and Lyle Moevao continues to slowly progress to full strength. Before panic sets in, consider that Canfield has taken the majority of the snaps so far in camp and has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes, far above any other QB in recent history at Oregon State, and is just taking a much needed day off. He has earned it according to head coach Mike Riley, as he has been impressive to this point.
'I'm really pleased with both Ryan (Katz) and Peter Lalich,' said Riley. 'We have a good situation (at quarterback); we have two seniors, two sophomores and then we have two true freshmen. I think that it is really good. Ryan Katz has, from one year ago to today, has really jumped up. He's got a really good arm and he's got a lot better feel for what we do. And then Pete Lalich I think has done really well. I was glad to give Sean (Canfield) a rest today. He's a senior quarterback and his arms a little tight so I said `take the day off and let those two guys take the ones.' I thought it was good for everyone and I was encouraged by that.'
Of course the bad news from yesterday is that junior receiver Darrell Catchings, who was entrenched as the starting split end, has been lost for the year with a broken bone in his upper right hand. It was really bad news at first for Riley before he realized Catchings has a redshirt year available, so if there is a silver lining, the Escondido, Calif., native has two years remaining.
With the lead quarterbacks watching on the sidelines Katz and Lalich looked impressive hitting open receivers on a regular basis. The future looks solid indeed. Katz took most of the snaps with the first string and found success throwing darts to Casey Kjos and Joe Halahuni and hit James Rodgers on an impressive deep ball.
During red zone skelly at the end of practice the offense got the better of the defense with a variety of players finding the end zone including Jacquizz Rodgers, James Rodgers, Taylor Kavanaugh, Geno Munoz, Aaron Nichols, Jordan Bishop (twice) and Halahuni.
Stephen Paea is on the Bronko Nagurski Watch List released today.
Charlie Denson is speaking to the team tonight, he is the president of the Nike brand - played football at Utah State
Speaking of Nike, they are here, if you didn't notice testing shoes - the orange and black model is one version on the field today.
And finally, keep your eyes focused on Beaver Nation Online, your official audio/visual media platform for OSU Athletics, for the new Reser Stadium team video intro - expected to debut the week of the game.
There was a large media contingent today, the usual suspects - Paul Buker of The Oregonian and Cliff Kirkpatrick and Kevin Hampton of the Gazette-Times - were joined by Ted Miller of ESPN.com, Casey Grogan of the Official Sports Report, Mike Parker of JOE RADIO. KVAL, KMTR and KPTV were also represented. Miller worked on a feature with the Rodgers brothers during lunch and then changed gears talking to Markus Wheaton, Michael Philipp and Kevin Frahm after practice.
Jordan Bishop had the catch of the day during one of the skelly drills. Ryan Katz threw a pass to his back shoulder in the front corner of the end zone and despite good coverage by Tim Clark, Bishop twisted in the air to make the adjustment on the ball landing just inside the end zone ... David Pa'aluhi (dinged) and Tonu Tuimalealiifano (knee) returned to practice today ... Cameron Collins (groin), Damola Adeniji (groin) and Feti `Unga (hamstring) participated early before shedding their pads prior to the end of practice ... The list of players who were out of action today continues to grow - Brent McNeil (dinged), Jovan Stevenson (Achilles) and Sean Canfield (shoulder) each missed their first practice of the fall and Anthony Watkins (hamstring) was back on the sideline after returning yesterday. The only other guys on the two-deep (at the beginning of camp) that remain sidelined today were Lance Mitchell (hamstring) and Howard Croom (dinged) ... In an unpleasant exercise today, Buker, Kirkpatrick and I created a list of players that have missed practice time in the first nine days due to injury (including injuries entering camp) and reached 23 ... Popsicles were in order today midway through practice. Today was easily the hottest day of fall camp (so far) with the mercury continuing to touch 95 as of 6:15 p.m. The team took a needed break about 90 minutes into practice to cool down and grab popsicles.
Tomorrow is a double day with the Beavers donning full pads in the morning (8:30 a.m.) and shells in the evening (6:30 p.m.).
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