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Fall Camp, Day #8 -- Bolting Inside The Truax

Aug 12, 2014

What started as an outside practice quickly moved inside as the strange weather in the Pacific Northwest continued with a thunderstorm.

Speaking of thunder, quarterback Sean Mannion “bolted” down the middle of the field on a rare scramble during team drills that sparked some oohs and aahs from his teammates -- a few smirks as well. The run reminded several OSU personnel of a question Mannion was asked at Pac-12 Media Day – “Sean, you have a total of negative-498 rushing yards in your career; is that something you are proud of?” The point of the question was it’s not Mannion’s gig to run and that he is a prototypical deadly pocket passer. Sean response to that question: “Well, no, it really is not something to be proud of (smile).”  He will have a number of proud moments for himself and Beaver Nation soon enough.

Mannion does seem to have great connection with true freshman receiver Xavier Hawkins – the duo hooked up for several long passes Tuesday.  Hawkins continues to impress and may be one of the freshmen contributors this season.

So, the burning question of the day; why does defensive end Dylan Wynn always run the length of the field when running back Storm Woods rambles down the sidelines during team drills? Wynn -- “Oh, that dates back to when we were on scout teams; every time he would let up I would punch the ball out of his hands and he hated it. I keep the pressure on him a little even today. There is no trash talking at all.”  We might have to get Woods’ side of the story tomorrow.

But, there might have been a little trash talking when linebacker Caleb Saulo busted through the line to “blow up” running back Damien Haskins in a team drill. Just a little, as trash talking is mostly frowned upon by the coaching staff.

We are taking the day off from our typical video, but look for tomorrow’s when we take you into the routine fall camp day for linebacker Michael Doctor.

Beaver fans, it looks like a special year. Have you purchased your tickets?

And, are you following us on Snapchat yet? You should be. Expect to see selfies, behind-the-scenes images and more by following us at “BeaversPac12”

Now to what we like to call Woodchips – your source to various media links:    

Position Coaches Take Full Advantage of Fall Camp – Kevin Hampton of the GT

Rommel Mageo Taking Advantage of Increased Reps – Gina Mizell of The Oregonian

Storm Woods is Applyling a More Physical Approach – Sean Meagher of The Oregonian

Bernard Back with The Beavers in a New Role – Gary Horowitz of The Statesman

 

GETTING TO KNOW THE NEW GUYS

Trevor Kuss from OSU’s Athletic Communications office caught up with safety Adam Soesman and offensive linemen Drew Clarkson and Kammy Delp to find out more about the newcomers.

ADAM SOESMAN, S, 6-1, 186, Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan HS)

What city in the world would you like to visit?

“I would probably go somewhere in Europe, maybe Paris or London would be cool.”

Who is your favorite NFL Player? Who do you model your game after?

“Cam Newton. I don’t really identify directly with any one player, I try to be me and play my own game.”

If you didn’t play football, what sport would you play?

“I played basketball and track in high school, so I would probably play one of those.”

Who on the football team would you like to trade places with for a day and why?

“I would swap with Ryan Murphy, the senior safety. I want to know how he thinks and he sees the game.”

What are fans going to see from you on the football field?

“I may not be able to get on the field too much this year, but I’ll be out here every day in practice. Even when I can’t get reps, I’ll be getting mental reps. -- trying to learn as much as I can and take advantage of this first year.”

What convinced you to choose Oregon State?

“The coaching staff; I think I can learn a lot from coach [Rod] Perry, coach [Mark] Banker and coach Riley.  I think they can help me develop into the best player and person I can be.”

What’s it like to have your high school head coach, Mike Jacot (96-96) play two years for the Beavers?

“It was great. We talked a lot during the recruiting process. He shared his experiences with the school, what he liked and some things to expect. He had a lot of really good things to say about coach Riley so that was reassuring.”

DREW CLARKSON, OL, 6-3, 265, Camas, Wash. (Camas HS)

 

What city in the world would you like to visit?

“I’d really like to visit somewhere in China, maybe Beijing.”

Who is your favorite NFL Player? Who do you model your game after?

“I don’t really have one favorite player from the NFL. I definitely model my game after Isaac Seumalo.”

If you didn’t play football, what sport would you play?

“I would probably try basketball.”

Who on the football team would you like to trade places with for a day and why?

“I would go with Mannion, to see what it’s like to be a star senior quarterback.”

What are fans going to see from Drew Clarkson on the football field?

“I’m just trying to get better every day, to continue to improve and try to prove that I can play.”