Spring Football Day 10

CORVALLIS -- The Beavers' bruised and battered returned for a Monday of rain, hail, and spring football that seemed a bit more relaxed than anything we saw last week.

WR Kevin Cummings (concussion), WR Darrell Catchings (sore neck), RB Terron Ward (bruised knee), and WR Geno Munoz (hamstring) all returned to practice today and all in full swing.

However Munoz didn't quite make it through the entire practice due to nagging hamstring problem.

S Lance Mitchell also sat out practice today with pelvic issues.

The team ran the usual position drills and warm-ups, and QB Ryan Katz passing a few balls here and there as usual, but no live play for him just yet. He did throw a 40-yard pass to WR Markus Wheaton that would potentially be a touchdown.

Katz' velocity and arm strength is looking better and better each day.

As for the rest of the receiving corps, it seemed like no one was catching the ball during any of the plays.

Here and there Wheaton would catch something, or Vaz would toss a few short passes to tight ends Joe Halahuni and Colby Prince, but nothing spectacular.

One of the receivers who is beginning to stand out and find his niche is walk-on Garett Hall. Hall has been making consistent catches throughout spring ball and has great hands. Head coach Mike Riley is confidant Hall will find a spot and role through all of his perseverance.

Riley has also been very pleased with the development of QB Sean Mannion. He said Mannion has really made the jump from scout team QB to third in the depth chart behind Katz (1st) and Vaz (2nd).

On Monday, Mannion threw a great pass WR Obum Gwacham, who made the catch and you could hear coach Danny Langsdorf yelling, "good pass!"

With Mitchell out for today's practice, S Josh LaGrone, filled in for him. LaGrone joined the first string safeties, paired up alongside S Anthony Watkins.

DT Kevin Frahm got loud about halfway through practice yelling, "That's how you do it!" to DT Dominic Glover during first down plays.

That was the first time anyone's really heard Frahm get vocal this year without his comrade's former DT's Brennan Olander and Stephen Paea, both being lost to graduation. Those three were always the life of the party for the defense.

The Beavers ran through red zone plays after the first down scrimmage and more individual drills. The hail began to come down as the offensive line ran bear crawls, and it did not look like a fun thing to do on a cool, wet Monday, that's for sure.

DT Fred Thompson (shoulder), WR James Rodgers (kneee), WR Jordan Bishop (foot), and RB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder), all still remain on the injured list until further notice, said Riley.

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