Spring Practice -- Day 14 -- A Lunar Landing, of sorts

April 28, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

A Mars Rover not only landed on the Reser Stadium turf Wednesday, it trampled the Oregon State football team.  No injuries, as the Oregon State Robotics Club set a new school record for the number of people the six-wheeled vehicle drove over, previously at 32. The new record is somewhere near 200 as what was expected to be a few volunteers turned into the majority of the team, including head coach Mike Riley.


While the Rover weighs approximately 95 pounds - 'when it drives over you it feels like five pounds,' Robotics Club president Ryan Albright said.   As the rover continued over the line of players, the ones at the front of the line rotated to the end until the rover had made it approximately 80-yards for the touchdown.


The clouds parted just in time for the record breaking attempt but the majority of practice was under intermittent downpours.  Despite the rain, the team was back out in full pads but still with minimal contact preparing for the Spring Game Sat., May 1.


The offense looked fairly sharp with quarterback Ryan Katz connecting with James Rodgers deep for a would-be touchdown. Katz continued his sharp play as the practice moved to red zone drills.


It was not all about the offense again Wednesday as the defense came to play as well picking off Katz, a nice catch by safety Lance Mitchell, along with an Anthony Watkins interception off of quarterback Peter Lalich.


There was an interesting role reversal for the offensive and defensive lines as center Alex Linnenkohl took a turn rushing a mock quarterback past defensive tackle Stephen Paea. Each of the offensive linemen took turns rushing their defensive counterparts.  Paea also proved he’s no center as one of his snaps sailed several feet over the quarterback’s head.


The media contingent today included Paul Buker from The Oregonian, Cliff Kirkpatrick from the Gazette-Times, KMTR, KEZI and Bruce Feldman of ESPN marking the third national writer to check in on the Beavers this spring practice session.


Bring your friends and family to the Oregon State University campus this Saturday. Catch a glimpse of the cannon arms of Ryan Katz and Peter Lalich, see if Tony Wilson is ready to take over the middle of the defense, try to gauge just how much faster and quicker football players-turned sprinters James Rodgers and Markus Wheaton are, even catch a volleyball exhibition match. And don't forget to grab autographs from the football and volleyball squads.


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