FALL CAMP: DAY 5 REPORT

CORVALLIS – It may have been a surprise to some, Scott Crichton atop the depth chart at defensive end pre-fall camp, but his early play has been impressive and Friday held more of the same. The D got the best of Ryan Katz, and Michael Doctor was back in action. Keep an eye out for true frosh WR Brandin Cooks. Here's the rundown from Warner Strausbaugh, who has his boots on the ground in Corvallis.

Practice Snapshot: First day of full pads
2:00 – Stretching and warm-ups, OL run blocking, QB dropbacks.
2:10 – Full punt coverage/returns
2:20 – Defensive linemen drills, QBs throwing at net targets, TEs and WRs catching from JUGS machine.
2:30 – Full special teams kickoff coverage, QBs and WRs work on specific plays, TEs run blocking.
2:40 – Field goal units, QB-RB handoffs.
2:45 – Offense and defense split up. Full defense interception return practice before separating into units, offense runs various plays.
2:50 – LBs and OL working on run coverage/blocking, WR cone drill, QBs and TEs passing, RBs pass protection, DBs doing pass coverage footwork drills.
3:05 – First drill involving heavier contact of the day, running plays with full offense and defense, only WRs, DBs and some QBs not a part of this exercise, QBs and WRs work on red zone passes.
3:15 – One-on-ones.
3:25 – First skeleton session, DL and OL separate for other work.
3:35 – First full-team session (3rd downs)
3:50 – Second skeleton session.
4:00 – Second full-team 11-on-11s (1st downs), noticeably more intensity in this one.
4:20 – Red zone full-team 11-on-11s.
4:30 – Young guys have full-team session, veterans do light running and stretching after practice.
4:50 – Practice lets out ten minutes early -- first time a practice has not lasted 3 full hours and ended right at 5:00 pm.

Running with the 1's on Day 5, complete with practice notes:

OFFENSE
QB: Ryan Katz
RB: Ryan McCants
Split End: Markus Wheaton
Slotback: Jordan Bishop
Flanker: Darrell Catchings
Tailback: Ryan McCants
Tight End: Colby Prince
Left Tackle: Mike Remmers
Left Guard: Josh Andrews
Center: Grant Johnson
Right Guard: Burke Ellis
Right Tackle: Colin Kelly

DEFENSE
Left End: Taylor Henry
Left Tackle: Dominic Glover
Right Tackle: Kevin Frahm
Right End: Scott Crichton
SLB: Rueben Robinson
MLB: Feti Unga
WLB: Michael Doctor
LCB: Jordan Poyer
S: Lance Mitchell
S: Anthony Watkins
RCB: Brandon Hardin


Defense Notes:
Castro Masaniai made his first appearance at fall camp this afternoon. He did not participate in any aspects of practice and was not in pads. A one-game suspension has been given to the defensive tackle after being given 18 months probation for an off-field incident. Watching the d-line closely today, Glover looks to definitely be the man at DT for now.

Mike Riley: "I'm glad that we're able to have Castro back and I think that he will help. Our deal now is to see where he is when he gets in." Robinson continues to take first-team reps at SAM linebacker while Cameron Collins is limited.

Offense Note:
H-Back Joe Halahuni was in full pads today, but only participated in offense-only drills. Catchings once again ran with the first-team at the slot with James Rodgers still not ready for drills involving defenders.

Quarterback Notebook:
Katz: After being noticeably on target yesterday, Katz was off today. Or, an OSU defenseman might argue, the D was decidedly "on." During the second set of full-team 11-on-11s, Katz threw back-to-back interceptions to Lance Mitchell and Feti Unga. He also had multiple balls tipped at the line of scrimmage by DL or LBs.

Wide Receiver Notebook:
Gwacham: After an impressive performance yesterday, Obum "Boomer" Gwacham made some more acrobatic plays on Friday. The most impressive was Gwacham jumping over safety Anthony Watkins to come down with the ball. The redshirt freshman is still raw though, as he let one fall right between his hands on a different pass.

Riley: "He can run and jump and he's got great size and has been a raw receiver; but, he's getting away from that rawness (and turning) into somebody you can count on and that's what we're looking for with Boomer."

Cooks: True freshman Brandin Cooks was getting noticeably more reps with Katz under center today. In a previous practice, Riley spoke highly of Cooks. This could be another youngster to look out for if he plays himself into a role.

Running Back Notebook:
McCants and Ward: During skeleton and full-team session, Ryan McCants and Terron Ward both took first-team reps. Before, Malcolm Marable and Jovan Stevenson had been getting an equal share, but not today. It could be a sign of things to come, but it is still early so don't put too much weight on this. Marable and Stevenson did run with the first-team for a few plays during red zone 11-on-11s.

Defensive Notebook:
Doctor: After missing yesterday's practice with a "full-body cramp", Michael Doctor was back in action today and participated in every part of practice.

Crichton: Starting redshirt freshman DE Scott Crichton has really impressed Riley thus far. The head coach even said he would have been in the defensive line rotation as a true freshman last year had OSU not redshirted him.

Wilson: Backup linebacker Tony Wilson was the standout defensive player of the day. He made a nice interception, recovered a would-be fumble behind the line of scrimmage on a botched pass, and batted down a pass during full-team session. Collins: Cameron Collins was in full pads today but once again was limited to only linebacker and defense-only drills. It shouldn't be long though before he fills into the starting SAM linebacker slot.

Riley: "I think his offseason and spring practice has been outstanding. He's been slowed by that abdominal surgery that he had but you can tell he's coming back."

Mitchell: After missing a day of practice two days ago, Lance Mitchell has looked like an elite Pac-12 safety the past two days. His pass coverage has been excellent, intercepting a pass each of the last two days, and has been making sure deep passes aren't landing in receivers' hands.

Practice Note: An Atlanta Falcons scout was in attendance at practice today. It makes one wonder – could the Rodgers brothers can share the same uniform for a third time…?

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