Beavers Pad Up

The murky skies of Corvallis once again pushed the men in black inside the Indoor Practice facility for the third straight day.

Emotions ran high as the Beavers donned on their pads to allow for more physical play. The offense sported the infamous orange pants with white tops, while the defense wore all black attire.

The first heavy contact of spring drills began an hour into practice as the defensive and offensive lines gathered on the west end of the facility.

Surrounded by the rest of the team and hundreds of fans, including several Oregon high school football coaches, the Beavers lines began to bang bodies. The raspy, loud vocie of Greg Newhouse could be heard throughout the facility during the drill.

On the other end of the field, the cornerbacks and receivers worked on their coverage and routes.

The quarterbacks continued to improve during the drills, throwing sharper, more accurate passes. Derek Anderson and Adam Rothenfluh received the majority of the snaps for the first padded practice.

Anderson looked sharp as he completed a couple passes across the middle to Kenny Farley. Anderson also hooked up with Josh Hawkins, who continues to improve each practice, on a short curl.

Rothenfluh had trouble early, throwing high over his receiver a number of times, but settled down and hit Farley across the middle on a crossing pattern.

But the defense would tighten and shut down the OSU offense in the second half of the drill.

Steven Jackson, Dwight Wright, and Riley Jenkins received most of the playing time for the running backs.

Several players got into each others face during the highly competitive drills, but none of the encounters produced a fight.

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