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Fall Camp, Day #11: D.J. Okay; Helmets Arrive

Aug 15, 2013

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Head coach Mike Riley elected to cancel the Beavers’ tentatively scheduled scrimmage for young guys on Thursday, but work on the field continues in preparation for their Aug. 31 opener against Eastern Washington.

“Besides a couple guys that are hurt a little bit we’ve so many pulled muscles and all that it would have been hard to do anything,” Riley said. “The next time when we might scrimmage might be Saturday and it might be just with young guys.”

Good news from practice today as the media was informed that D.J. Alexander’s knee injury suffered Wednesday is not as serious as originally feared. According to Riley, he’ll be considered “week-to-week” while he recovers and assured at least one reporter that “I’ll be okay.”

I wanna thank all of my fans for the love and support y'all been showing. Ill be back and no time at all.

— DJ Alexander (@D_alexander4) August 15, 2013

Friday the Beavers’ will practice twice with the first scheduled for 11 a.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m. Both practices are open to the public.

With Alexander sidelined the linebackers and ‘the next man up’ Jabral Johnson were popular with the media on Thursday. Look for stories from Gary Horowitz of the Statesman-Journal, Lindsay Schnell of The Oregonian and Stephen Nelson of KEZI-TV soon.

In case you’ve missed it, the Beavers’ beatwriters have spent much of the week focused on the receiver position. Here are some of the stories from The Oregonian, the Portland Tribune, the Statesman-Journal, KEZI-TV and Comcast Sports NW.

Off the field, super-senior Steven Christian is a semifinalist for the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Award. His work is in the Illustration Motion Graphics Animation Audio Design Editing and Post-production category.

Getting to Know the Young Guys

Saturday, Matt Derhalli from OSU’s Athletic Communications office caught up with receiver Victor Bolden to get a little more insight into the freshman:

What is it like to be compared to Brandin Cooks? It's a great honor. Brandin Cooks is a great player. He's NFL bound for sure and is a great playmaker. I look at myself as a playmaker as well.

What sport would you pay to see? I would have to say basketball. It's a real high pace sport and a good sport for me to watch.

If Chef Raul was cooking and you made the menu, what would be on it? The first day when we had steak and lobster. I don't mind that every day, we can have steak and lobster every day. That would be the best.

Which NFL player do you model your game after? I would have to say it would be three receivers. Mike Wallace because of his speed, Steve Smith because of his size and playmaking ability and Ochocinco because of his shiftiness and his ability to be open in space. Those are the three receivers I model myself after and I just want to be like them one day and make it to the league.

Why did you choose number 6? I was number seven in high school and Brandin is number seven here, so six was the closest number and I like it. It makes me feel a little more shifty on the field.

What Oregon State sport are you most looking forward to watching? I would have to say baseball. I heard we have a real good baseball team and I really want to see that.

What convinced you to come to Oregon State? The coaching staff and family atmosphere. We have one of the best coaching staffs in the nation and the family atmosphere is bar none. That definitely played a big role in my decision to come here.

If you didn’t play football what would you do with your time? Actually, I am running track. I will be running in the spring, so you will probably see me around the track field when football is over.

Season tickets remain available and single game tickets are on as well. For information on the all of OSU’s ticket plans for the 2013 season, please access BeaverTickets.com 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 last weekend for delivery this week.