Dec. 19, 2009

LAS VEGAS - It's sunny in Vegas today and much warmer than I had anticipated ... I think the beanie will be going back in the backpack. The Beavers got in their first practice today at Lied Athletic Complex's Rebel Park. Unlike last in our first practice at the bowl site, there isn't a dust storm and tumbleweeds going by the practice field. Instead we're smack dab in the flight path of McCarran International Airport.

Watching today's practice was former defensive linemen Jeff Van Orsow and Curtis Coker, who were out to support their former teammates and coaches. OSU beatwriters Bob Clark of the Register-Guard, Paul Buker from The Oregonian and Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette-Times were keeping tabs on the goings-on at practice as well as Steve Andress and Kurt Richter from KEZI-TV in Eugene.

Coker was out giving hugs to everyone he knows when head coach Mike Riley noticed.

'Hey Curtis,' hollered Riley from the center of midfield.

'If you weren't out there, I'd have already gotten you,' Coker yelled back.

'Well, I'm not turning my back,' Riley replied.

Shortly after Coker and Riley shared a variation of a shoulder bump, ala Andy Reid and DeSean Jackson's recent celebrations.

Alan Darlin, Coker and Van Orsow decided the celebration will forever be known as the 'Sky Bump.'

This afternoon, the Beavers and Cougars, will meet for the first time at a Welcome Reception at ESPN Zone at New York-New York. Fans and media are invited to the event.

The team arrived Friday night around 8 p.m. and were greeted by the usual group of beatwriters who discussed the trip with Coach Riley. All of the Beavers made their curfew last night, but that's not a surprise with this group.

Riley announced today that redshirt freshmen Kaulin and Kameron Krebs have elected to transfer. Kameron, a linebacker who has done most of his work for the scout team, and Kaulin, who recently returned to the practice squad after recovering from a knee injury, is a quarterback turned receiver.

In other news, the 2010 Pac-10 schedule will be officially released on January 4. Oregon State's schedule isn't expected to change drastically.



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