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Fall Camp, Day #2: Time for a Popsicle Break

Aug 6, 2013

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Beavers were back on the practice field Tuesday for their second day of the acclimatization period and were once again in helmets and shorts. A lack of offense vs. defense has allowed for an optimal installation and learning environment for the white and black clad squads.

 “We talk about the fact that it’s very common throughout the country that everybody is all fired up the first days here, and everybody is kind of hooting and hollering,” head coach Mike Riley said. “Frankly, let’s get past that and get down to business and then have some consistency. Part of my first night talk is this is not a sprint; this is a marathon and you have to prepare yourself for it. The best teams are going to be the strongest as the season goes on. They are going to keep getting better and better and better, so it has to be all approached like that. You have to have a consistency of growth. That’s all words, so they have to prove it just by daily by what they come out and do. As camp progresses, you are going through either competition or teaching.”

With the second practice of the season comes more familiarity and a better comfort level for the young guys who are still finding their way with the practice format, film sessions, workouts, position group and special teams meetings as well as team functions.

Tuesday’s practice was highlighted by a mid-session popsicle break for players and coaches … even a few media members made off with a cool treat courtesy of Coach Riley.


The Beavers return to the Prothro Field Wednesday at 11 a.m. for their final scheduled ‘helmets and shorts’ practice during the acclimatization period. Practices are open to the public.

Media coverage of the Beavers remains high and today Coach Riley was booked for a radio appearance on the Jim Rome Show for Thursday morning. Friday, the Pac-12 Networks will be in Corvallis in preparation for the network’s Football Training Camp series which will air later this month.

Getting to Know the Young Guys

Trevor Cramer from OSU’s Athletic Communications office caught up with linebacker Darrell Songy after practice on Tuesday, to get a little more insight into the freshman:

If Chef Raul was cooking and you made the menu, what would be on it? Seafood. Maybe some fried fish and some Cajun-style cooking since I’m from Louisiana.

Which NFL player do you model your game after? I would say Ray Lewis because of his perseverance and his heart. Not so much his playing style because I have a different style that I’m trying to perfect.

Why number 41? The number was given to me. I’m waiting to get number six but I’m going to wear 41 with pride.

What Oregon State sport are you most looking forward to watching? I think I’m most eager to see gymnastics. I met a gymnast in BEST and she told me how strenuous the events are and how much it takes to be in gymnastics. So I think that’ll be interesting to watch.

What was it about Oregon State that made you want to come here? The longevity of the coaching staff. The people that are working here, that have been here before and loved it so much that they’ve come back and chose to work here.

Season tickets remain available and single game tickets went on sale Wednesday as well. For information on the all of OSU’s ticket plans for the 2013 season, please access or call 1-800-GO-BEAVS during business hours. Current season ticket holders can keep an eye on their mailboxes as the freshly printed and newly formatted season ticket books were mailed over the weekend for delivery this week.