SPRING BALL DAY 4: Full pads

CORVALLIS -- The second week of spring ball started with a bang of cold April weather and the first day in full pads, which also resulted in a few kicks and bruises for the Beavers. But overall, today was a good start to the week.

Head coach Mike Riley said he felt good about the full pad session but definitely saw where things need work and where things looked inconsistent.

The team saw some semi-live running, but the first day in pads didn't help define the competition any of the running backs competing for time (Ryan McCants, Jovan Stevenson the front runners with Jordan Jenkins out for spring).

QB Ryan Katz was in full pads as was WR Darrell Catchings who was out Wednesday and Friday last week with the flu. Riley had said last week that Katz would spend an extra day in shorts but that didn't happen.

He warmed up with the other QBs and threw a few short passes during drills, but nothing much beyond that. Riley said Katz isn't far from really getting back into the swing of things.

The defense looked ahead of the offense, especially during 11-on-11 plays. McCants got through holes when he could, but the defense wasn't giving much up.

LB Michael Bibbee intercepted a pass from QB Sean Mannion as well.

TE Joe Halahuni sat out most of the 11-on-11 plays due to what Riley thought was a tweaked ankle.

WR Micah Hatfield also suffered a dinged hand and will get X-rays, and WR Geno Munoz took a blow to the abdomen that took him some time to shake.

There is no word yet on how RB Jordan Jenkins surgery went.

Out-of-work pros and BeavGreats Sabby Piscatelli and Yvenson Bernard, and James Dockery were back again today and joining them was Sammie Stroughter and Johnathan Smith. Stroughter and Piscatelli ran drills with the team along with wind sprints. Yvenson was giving them a hard time at the beginning of practice and you could hear Riley joking, "Don't get hurt." Some things never change.

In other news, former DT Stephen Paea tweeted today that he was at a Philly meeting with the Eagles.

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