CORVALLIS – With starting QB Ryan Katz giving his arm a rest and Cody Vaz sitting with back issues, Sean Mannion found himself running with the 1s, getting rep after rep on Saturday. And he didn't disappoint. Meanwhile, rising frosh WR Brandin Cooks was looking spry and could be ready to return way ahead of schedule. Here's the rundown on Saturday's practice session…

Practice snapshot:
2:00: Special teams and warmups
2:30: Position drills
3:00: 7-on-7 (half field) on one end; offensive line vs. defensive line drill on other
3:20: Back to positions drills
3:30: Short team period (passing plays only)
3:40: 7-on-7 (full); linemen remain in positions drills
4:00: Team
4:20: Practice over

Running with the 1's on Day 13, complete with practice notes:
QB: Sean Mannion
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

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

It was Sean Mannion day at Prothro field on Saturday.

With Ryan Katz (sore arm) and Cody Vaz (back) watching, the redshirt freshman quarterback was given the ball and told to fling it around the field. "I told him what we were going to do, and he said, ‘OK, let's go!" said Riley.

Katz: Riley said he didn't find out Katz wasn't going to practice until right before practice. Ariko Iso, OSU's new trainer, came up to Riley and told him it'd be best if Katz took the day off. Katz looked like a back-up quarterback on the sidelines of an NFL game; in pads, but sporting a baseball cap. Riley expects Katz will be back Monday.

Vaz: Like Katz, was in pads but no helmet. They seem to be taking Vaz and his back day-by-day.

Mannion: Looked very good. Got in a good rhythm not having to share reps, and was connecting with a plethora of first and second-team receivers all over the field. He didn't throw any interceptions, although Lance Mitchell should have had one midway through the team period and Ryan Murphy almost picked off the last pass of the day when he jumped a route.

Riley: "He's really coming around, growing right in front of our eyes. Great velocity on the ball, the thing he's doing best is making quick decisions."

Running backs:
Terron Ward (knee) practiced after resting yesterday.

Storm Woods (ankle) was in uniform but did not have shoulder pads or a helmet. Wide receivers:
Kevin Cummings had the catch of the day, going full extension on a Mannion pass.

Brandin Cooks, who scared everyone Wednesday night when he went down with an apparent ankle injury, looks like he will be back in no time. While Cooks didn't practice, he did take part in several drills on the side (ladders, cone drills) and appeared to be going close to full speed -- in fact, I couldn't even tell which ankle of Cooks' was supposedly sprained.

The initial word on Cooks' return was two weeks, until Riley said Thursday night that he expected Cooks to be back in one week. From the looks of Saturday, he may be back as early as Monday.

Riley: "I saw him jump around the corner in the hallway and I thought wow he's looking good. Frankly he's way ahead of where I thought he was going to be. When they say two weeks for an ankle, I believe it. Usually it ends up being three. Maybe he's going to practice this coming week."

James Rodgers: Continued to look good, partaking in everything but team drills. Ran crisp routes, caught several balls during 7-on-7.

Geno Munoz (tight back, hamstring): DNP

Kenyan Parker (quad): DNP

Sean Martin: Left midway through practice and didn't return; appeared ill. I saw signs of illness last night from Martin, but he stuck it out so I initially didn't think much of it.

Hardin: Riley said Hardin probably won't have surgery Monday, as he's seeking a second (or third) opinion. "He's thinking about getting advice from other people," Riley said. "The more options you can give these kids, the better."

Defensive line:
Dominic Glover: Still no new news on grade front, said Riley.

Rudolph Fifita: DNP

Frahm: Will undergo surgery on the torn meniscus in his right knee Monday. Riley said the prognosis is 2-4 weeks, but Frahm will push for two weeks.

Cameron Collins was in full pads, but didn't participate in everything. Rueben Robinson filled in for him during team sessions.

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