Spring Practice -- Day 8 -- The Worst Day

April 14, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

Some of the football players think this is the worst part of spring, the dreaded photo day.  Following practice Wednesday all the players took part in the annual ritual, which usually involves the typical harassing of many by their teammates.  However, some welcome the chance to get new photos taken, especially a few of the newcomers from fall camp of last year, in other words without a no-hawk that the rookie offensive linemen sported in August, including Tyler Thomas (see photo).  


Another former Beaver has returned to the 'family' in a volunteer role as former offensive tackle Josh Linehan was on the sidelines along with Jeremy Perry.  Linehan, a 26-game starter between the 2004 and 2006 seasons, had been working as a counselor in Portland.  The sociology graduate was on his way to being one of the best ever at the position when he suffered a career-ending knee injury against Idaho early in the 2006 season. 


To the field, the Reser Stadium field to be exact -- no scrum scheduled for today, but there will be a scrimmage Friday at approximately 3:45 p.m. Some big hits today, especially delivered by James Dockery on receiver Jordan Bishop - drawing some gasps from the crowd in attendance.  Safety Suaesi Tuimaunei also knocked Markus Wheaton flying out of bounds.  You can't hardly blame the defensive backs, as they have already seen enough of the arsenal of receivers that offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf can put on the field. 


'Last week we worked on certain phases of the game,' Beaver head football coach Mike Riley said of Friday's scheduled scrimmage. 'This week we will work on redzone situations.  It will just be a situational scrimmage where we will put the ball on the 25-yard line.'


The media contingent today included Paul Buker from The Oregonian, Cliff Kirkpatrick from the Gazette-Times, the Daily Barometer, BeaverFootball.com and BeaverBlitz.com.  Buker has an interesting feature tomorrow on the Darrell Catchings vs. Markus Wheaton battle at split end.  A nice story also in today's Missoulian about Montana's new offensive coordinator and OSU legendary quarterback Jonathan Smith.


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 dominating 48-21 win over Washington at Reser Stadium as the Rodgers brothers combined for four touchdowns.  You can see many more of OSU's 'Classic' games online it their entirety on BNO.


Did You Know? Head coach Mike Riley will be a guest of Dan Moriarty and Derrick Deese at 10:30 a.m. PDT Saturday on Fox Sports Radio.


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