FALL CAMP: DAY 12 MORNING SESSION

CORVALLIS – The offseason rash of injuries has followed Oregon State into fall camp, big time. The Beavs are going to be without the services of starting corner Brandon Hardin for a while, Mike Riley said on Friday. And suddenly a secondary that previously was being called a defensive strength has been turned upside down.

Practice Snapshot:
8:30 – Stretches and warm-ups, OL and TE blocking, QBs take snaps under center and out of shotgun.
8:40 – Special teams drills, OL and DL split off for individual work.
8:50 – Full-team punt coverage/returns.
9:00 – Offense and defense separate, offense runs plays.
9:05 – Offense and defense split into units. QB-RB passes and handoffs, TE blocking, DB pass coverage agility drills, LBs lane-filling in run coverage, WR run blocking.
9:15 – 9-on-9 running plays. WRs and CBs do individual work.
9:20 – One-on-ones.
9:30 – First full-team 11-on-11s (First downs).
9:40 – Team splits into units. DL heads into Truax Indoor Center, DBs man-to-man coverage, QBs passing to TEs and WRs.
9:50 – Second full-team 11-on-11s (Third downs).
9:55 – Skeleton.
10:00 – Third session of 11-on-11s.
10:15 – Shortest practice yet comes to an end. Some young guys stay behind for individual work.

Running with the 1's on Day 11, complete with practice notes:
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: Castro Masaniai
Right End: Scott Crichton
SLB: Rueben Robinson
MLB: Feti Unga
WLB: Michael Doctor
LCB: Jordan Poyer
S: Anthony Watkins
S: Lance Mitchell
RCB: Rashaad Reynolds


Secondary Notebook:
Hardin: It seems that every day of the last week in fall camp there has been a new secondary injury. Today, the Beavers may have gotten the worst news so far. CB Brandon Hardin is going to have surgery as soon as Monday to have a screw put into his shoulder. The exact injury to the shoulder is not confirmed yet.

Mike Riley: "I think it's a—I shouldn't say—but I think it's a small fracture."

The timetable for Hardin's return is also unknown right now. Riley said that the length Hardin will be out is unknown—"I don't know, haven't gotten word yet. It could be a very extended period, it might not be."

Hardin was a big leader for not only the secondary, but for the defense and the entire team. The senior cornerback was poised for a big year in Riley's eyes.

Riley: "He impacts this team in a lot of ways. Not only being a very unique corner—a good corner and a big corner—he might be the best gunner in the league, he might be the best kick cover guy in the league."

Reynolds: It looks like Rashaad Reynolds has the upper-hand at the starting gig opposite Poyer when the season starts. Reynolds returned to practice for the first time since hurting his knee a few days ago, and was immediately running with the first-team.

Riley: "We've got three guys that have been preparing very hard for an opportunity."

The three cornerbacks Riley is speaking of are Reynolds, Sean Martin, and Keynan Parker. When asked, Riley said it's definitely Reynolds over Martin right now. Parker (who sat out of today's practice), is most likely last of the three, but Riley did not comment on him.

Marable: Cross one tailback out of the competition for good. Malcolm Marable was converted to cornerback this morning.

Riley: "That actually was before the (injury) with Brandin. It's because of the number of backs, and also (Malcolm)'s one of the very best special teams guys we have on the edge, being a presser against the gunner. All of those presser qualities translate into being a corner."

Zimmerman: One positive out of the defensive backfield is converted receiver Tyrequek Zimmerman continues to look comfortable at safety. After forcing a fumble in yesterday's scrimmage, Zimmerman made an excellent jumping interception today in 11-on-11s. Quarterback Notebook:

Vaz: Cody Vaz remains sidelined for the third straight day with back spasms.

Running Back Notebook:
McCants: While freshman Malcolm Agnew was all the talk of yesterday's scrimmage, it looked like McCants got an increased amount of work with the 1's today. Agnew was still in the mix; along with Stevenson, but it McCants seemed to be getting more work than the others.

Woods: The other true freshman, Storm Woods, missed practice today with a rolled ankle. No word on the severity, but expect him back soon.

Ward: Terron Ward was also on the sideline as well with his recurring knee problems. This also should be short-term.

Wide Receiver Notebook:
Cooks: Brandin Cooks (expected to miss a week with a sprained ankle) was watching practice from the sidelines today in his jersey and shorts. He looked to be walking comfortably and even jogged a lap around the practice field.

Rodgers: James Rodgers finally got in on skeleton for the first time of camp. He also participated fully in one-on-ones. In one particular play, Rodgers sold Poyer on a hitch-and-go route, creating about eight yards of separation and beat him deep for the easy grab.

Gwacham: Obum Gwacham looked completely lost today in some parts of practice. Twice he ran the wrong route, and another play in one-on-ones he did not know which route to run, making the coach switch him out for another receiver. Gwacham has had a good camp and makes some spectacular plays, but he's still learning. Riley described him before as "raw" and slowly coming out of that rawness into a reliable receiver.

Defensive Notebook:
Wilson: Backup MLB Tony Wilson again made a nice play in pass coverage today, picking off Sean Mannion in skeleton. Wilson batted down two balls in yesterday's scrimmage.

Poyer: Jordan Poyer now has some more weight on his shoulders with Hardin going down. He's going to have to be a true number-one and lockdown corner for this defense.

Riley: "(Poyer) is real important to this team … He's had just a terrific spring and fall camp as a cover corner. I mean, he has grown tremendously; he's a gifted, gifted athlete. I think one of his main qualities is his savvy, he's just smart."


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