Spring Practice -- Day 6 -- Speed Revolution

April 9, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

Recently the Oregon State football team earned the distinction of being the most family friendly program in the nation for the second consecutive year.  Head coach Mike Riley encourages fans to come to practices and interact with the team following the day’s workout.


Not only is there that interaction, but also often some treats.  Thanks to Wyatt “267 days to the Rose Bowl” Chaffey and his generous family, the team can count on popsicles, cookies or some other snack following a long day on the field.


Last Wednesday several of the players, including James Dockery, Jacquizz Rodgers, Dwight Roberson and Aaron Nichols not only had a chance to chat with Wyatt, but also Connor Rahn (pictured with Rodgers) as the team was headed to the showers.  Connor learned the “fist bump” from Dockery, Nichols supplied a pair of gloves – to be worn in about 15 years, and Quizz sat down to talk football.


I don't think they (student-athletes) realize how big of an impression they make on little guys, maybe they do,” Cory Rahn, Connor’s father, said. “They definitely made one little boy feel special for a few moments.”


Fridays are always a big day for fans and today was no different, as many checked out practice at Reser Stadium before heading over to the big baseball series opener vs. UCLA at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.


As for today, Quizz was in the “Revolution Speed” mode.  No, it’s not the next scheme by offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf to get him the ball more; it’s a helmet. Riddell is conducting tests across the country with a new helmet, and according to the company’s literature it’s an aggressive new design with “concussion reduction technology” – that’s a good thing.   


As for the field, at 3:40 p.m. the team held a scrum.  Officially on the practice schedule it was a “scrum” as the team worked on situational downs.  For what it’s worth, Ryan Katz completed 8 of 12 passes, Peter Lalich 4 of 6, Cody Vaz 3 of 5 and Jack Lomax 2 of 6.  Split end Markus Wheaton made a couple of outstanding catches and the defense had a hard time bringing down Joe “The Tank” Halahuni – most every defense will have that issue this year.   Quizz did not participate in the scrum, but it was a big day for running backs Ryan McCants, Jovan Stevenson and Jordan Jenkins, all of whom are trying to make a big impression this spring.


“It was a pretty typical first scrimmage (scrum),” Riley said.  “There were a lot of good plays defensively and offensively we gave the other backs a chance to play today – I don’t have an assessment until I watch the tape.”


Safety Lance Mitchell made it back to practice Friday after missing two consecutive workouts with a hamstring injury.  Tight End Colby Prince was also back at practice after tweaking his hamstring late Wednesday.


The team is off for the weekend, before embarking on the third week of practice starting Monday. 


Big media contingent today that included Paul Buker from The Oregonian, Cliff Kirkpatrick from the Gazette-Times, Bob Clark from the Eugene Register-Guard, the Daily Barometer, KEZI, KVAL, KMTR, BeaverFootball.com and BeaverBlitz.com.   


We invite you to watch today’s post-practice interview with Riley on Beaver Nation Online, the official audio/video source of Beaver Athletics.  Beaver Nation Online paid subscribers can view last year’s thrilling 26-19 win over UCLA at Reser Stadium as James Rodgers scored the winning touchdown with 17 seconds remaining to give OSU its fifth victory of the season.  You can see many more of OSU’s “Classic” games online it their entirety on BNO.


Did You Know? ESPN’s College Football Live unveiled its preseason top-25 Friday and the Beavers landed at No. 20. Five of Oregon State’s 2010 opponents are in the top 25, including two in the top-6. 


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