DAY 10 - Canfield returns, feels good

Aug. 19, 2009


A day after taking the day off with a tired arm, senior quarterback Sean Canfield returned to practice this morning and even took snaps with the first and second teams during red zone drills.

Canfield looked sharp and according to head coach Mike Riley, felt good following the much-needed respite.

In other news, there was a glimmer of hope provided by Riley when he stated that junior wide receiver Darrell Catchings might not be out for the year afterall. Catchings was expected to undergo surgery on his upper hand today, but that has been postponed after further evaluation by the doctor. Instead he'll have another MRI performed this week.

'There is a chance he won't be lost for the year; I think that's great doctoring,' Riley said laughing. 'I don't want to be an alarmist either way, because he could very well still be out for the season, but there is some hope there.'

Catch Ron Callan's Beaver Sports Report weekday mornings between 8-9 a.m. on KPAM 860, the home of the Beavers in Portland ... Tim Clark will be on 95.5 The Game tonight at 6:20 p.m. with John Strong.

The Sporting News Today, which has been counting down its Top 100 college football teams, picked OSU 16th in the nation in today's issue ... In addition, there is a full-page Q&A with Keaton Kristick. The free, subscription-based online magazine is definitely worth checking out today for Beaver fans.

MEDIA STUFF Media in attendance today included Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette-Times, Bob Clark of the Register-Guard and Jeff Smith of The Oregonian as well as representatives of most of Beaver Nation's online followers. Clark worked on a feature with David Pa'aluhi while Kirkpatrick talked to Joe Halahuni and John Reese and Smith is featuring Grant Johnson.


SIDELINE VIEWS Sean Canfield (tired arm), Jovan Stevenson (Achilles), Feti `Unga (hamstring) and Damola Adeniji (groin) returned to practice today and participated throughout ... The usual collection of players - Croom, Collins, Mitchell, Parker, Watkins, McNeil - remain on the sidelines, but appear closer to returning. Brennan Olander (knee strain) was on-hand on crutches ... The only addition to the unofficial injury report being compiled the media horde is that Micah Hatfield is nursing a calf injury and did not participate in the 'young guys' session.


Today is a double day and the team will practice this evening (6:30) in shells at Reser Stadium. Tomorrow, the Beavers will be back in full pads in the afternoon (2 p.m.).

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