FALL CAMP: DAY 10, EARLY SESSION

CORVALLIS – The Safety position has seen its fair share of news early on in camp, and it was again in the news today for Oregon State. This time, one of the Beaver veterans at the spot has decided to hang up his cleats for good. At defensive tackle, meanwhile, the call has also gone out for all hands on deck.

OFFENSE
QB: Ryan Katz
RB: Ryan McCants
Split End: Markus Wheaton
Slotback: Jordan Bishop
Flanker: Obum Gwacham
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: Andrew Seumalo
Right Tackle: Dominic Glover
Right End: Scott Crichton
SLB: Rueben Robinson
MLB: Feti Unga
WLB: Michael Doctor
LCB: Jordan Poyer
S: Anthony Watkins
S: Lance Mitchell
RCB: Brandon Hardin

Secondary notes:
- Safety Josh LaGrone has retired from football after another knee injury. LaGrone had suffered a season-ending knee injury in August of 2009 and missed the entire season after redshirting in 2008. Last year, he played in all but one game for the Beavers, primarily as a special teams player. He was expected to compete for significant playing time this year and was listed as the No. 2 safety behind Lance Mitchell entering fall camp.

- LaGrone has been fighting knee issues. "He has made a decision, with the doctor's advice, not to play anymore," Riley said. LaGrone is three credits away from getting his degree.

- LaGrone's departure may explain some of the things we've seen the past couple days. For one, redshirt freshman Ryan Murphy has seen a significant amount of playing time in recent days, including today. Athletically-speaking, he has the look of a starting safety and has made several plays that have clearly led to his increase in action. It appears he has solidified himself as the No. 3 safety behind starters Anthony Watkins and Mitchell.

- This also may help explain the two true freshmen (Zimmerman and Peter Ashton) that came to OSU as offensive players but approached Riley about switching to safety. Both have seen time with the two's, but may be called on to play early given the secondary's lack of depth.

- Zeke Sanders, Micah Audiss (a walk-on who joined last week) and Will Storey (one of the players who received an MIP last week) are the only other safeties on the roster, and Sanders is the only one who has seen any playing time at the college level. It looks like Riley very well may have to play either Zimmerman or Ashton (or both) as a true freshman.

- LaGrone's brother, Matt LaGrone, was projected to start at defensive end for the Beavers last year before suddenly deciding to leave the team for personal reasons (he moved to Reno to be with his family).

Defensive line notes:
Defensive tackle is getting interesting. Starter Kevin Frahm left practice early last night (after getting caught in a pile in a goal line drill) and raised eyebrows when he hobbled into the Valley Center on crutches after practice. Today, he was nowhere to be found at the start of practice and it was eventually learned that he sprained his right knee and is projected to miss at least two weeks. Frahm is scheduled to have an MRI today.

Dominic Glover: Although he's not eligible to play in games (Riley said he is still not clear academically), he saw action with the 1's due to Frahm's absence and the fact that Castro Masaniai is still working his way back. Riley had said Glover could be a third-down specialist type, but he's been thrust into a bigger role for the meantime.

Andrew Seumalo: Has been working with the one's the majority of camp, and it appears he's the lone non-question mark in the defensive interior.

Masaniai: Was in full pads for the first time today. Saw his share of reps. At 6-2, 334 pounds, he's certainly an imposing force in full pads.

Ben Motter: Senior who will likely see an increase is time with the one's now with Frahm out.

Riley on the DTs: "Someone has to pick it up. We're obviously going to miss Kevin. He's a leader in there and a really good player. But I think Kevin will be back."

Injury news:
- Darrell Catchings: Out for the second day in a row (knee).
- Sean Martin: Still out (head injury Monday)
- Brandon Hardin: Missed the last two days, but was in shoulder pads and a helmet today.
- Lance Mitchell: Practiced but don't be surprised if he gets a day off at some point in the near future as he returns from abdominal issues.
- Brian Watkins: Returned to the field, but didn't see much action.

Offensive line notes:
- Colin Kelly appears to have a commanding lead in the starting right tackle position battle -- he has received the vast majority of the first-team reps after entering camp with a "slight lead" over junior Michael Phillip, who started for the Beavers last year. To be fair, however, Phillip has been dealing with some knee issues lately.

- Riley said he hasn't solidified a starting group for sure yet, but has been impressed with what the line has shown. If you go by who's getting the reps with the ones and twos, the lone true position battle remaining may between Burke Ellis and Michael Lamb at right guard, where Ellis has received the majority of the reps.

Wide receivers:
- James Rodgers: Participated in 7-on-7 for the second straight day. Rodgers had several receptions and looked good, as he's looked all camp, albeit it in limited fashion.


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