CORVALLIS -- Cameron Collins did something on Monday that he hadn't done all fall camp. And while the running back position remains undefined, one from that group has headed over to the other side of the ball to play defense. Warner Strausbaugh reports all things black and orange from the Oregon State practice field...

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Practice Snapshot:
9:30 – Stretches and warm-ups, TE run blocking, QB drop backs.
9:40 – Special teams, DL and OL drills, QBs take shotgun snaps, WR cone drill.
9:45 – Full special teams punt coverage, onside and squib kicks.
10:00 – Offense and defense separate, offense runs plays, defense splits into units, DBs pass coverage, LBs run coverage.
10:05 – Offense breaks into units, QB-TE passing, RB pass protection.
10:10 – One-on-ones.
10:15 – Middle drill (9-on-9), QB- WR passing, CBs work on man-to-man and scheme defenses.
10:25 – First skeleton session.
10:30 – Full-team 11-on-11s.
10:40 – Team splits up, QB-WR passing, RB and OL work together on pass blocking, CBs do press coverage drill, safeties do interception communication drill, DL and LBs together on run coverage.
10:50 – Offense comes together to run plays.
10:55 – Second full-team 11-on-11s (Third-down and long)
11:00 – Second skeleton (Third downs)
11:05 – Third 11-on-11 session (Third and short)
11:15 – Practice over.

Running with the 1's on Day 14, complete with practice notes:
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

Left End: Taylor Henry
Left Tackle: Andrew Seumalo
Right Tackle: Castro Masaniai
Right End: Scott Crichton
SLB: Cameron Collins
MLB: Feti Unga
WLB: Michael Doctor
LCB: Jordan Poyer
S: Anthony Watkins
S: Lance Mitchell
RCB: Rashaad Reynolds

Quarterback Notebook:
Katz/Vaz: The top two QBs on the depth chart both returned to practice. Katz only missed Saturday with a sore arm. Cody Vaz had been out since Tuesday with back spasms, but in his return today was in on every drill this morning.

Wide Receiver Notebook:
Cooks: First, Mike Riley estimated Cooks would be out two weeks after spraining his ankle Wednesday night, then he said one week; Cooks in returning today came back in just five days.

Riley: "I was kind of shocked to see (Cooks), frankly. He's done a lot of rehab to get back, and that's a good sign of who he is for the future. He wasn't totally comfortable today … but it's good to have him back out there."

Gwacham: Obum "Boom" Gwacham has continued to see the most time with the first-team, even after Darrell Catchings' return to practice last week. The redshirt freshman made a few acrobatic catches today, using his height to jump over the cornerback covering him.

Riley: "When Boom goes out and makes some plays like that, and the possibility of having that lineup to start the season is just confirming for us."

Rodgers: When talking about Gwacham, Riley said that his spot in the receiver lineup, along with many other guys (such as Cooks, Catchings, Cummings, etc.), all of that has a lot to do with Rodgers' health and how his return plays out. Rodgers participated in all drills this morning except for team drills once again.

Riley: "Fall camp, we're looking at a lot of contingencies at that receiver deal, because we have the unknown with James….We have a pretty good picture of where (Rodgers) is right now, and that is ‘not ready'. The next time we talk to the doctor and the doctor gives an indication of where he is, then we'll know more about the possibility of him (taking the field)."

Running Back Notebook:
There still is no definitive light shed on the tailback situation yet. All six contenders for playing time (McCants, Ward, Stevenson, Woods, Agnew, and Jenkins) saw a little time with the 1's and 2's today, with no clear indication of any backs getting more reps than others.

Defense Notebook:
Collins: SLB Cameron Collins was a full participant in all aspects of practice for the first time this fall. He was in with the first team for the entirety of practice, including full-team 11-on-11s.

Riley: "(Collins) is pushing the envelope a little bit, and that's what his doctor told him to do. He's got to fight through some of that scar tissue and cut it loose a little bit; and that's easier said than done."

Marable: Converted tailback Malcolm Marable is adjusting to life as a corner. He saw some time with the 2's in skeleton this morning. He's still obviously a work in progress, secondary coach Keith Heyward has spent a lot of time teaching him the ins and outs of corner.

Zimmerman: Converted wide receiver Tyrequek Zimmerman continues to look comfortable running with the second-team at safety. In 11-on-11s, Zimmerman made a nice interception on a tipped pass intended for Kevin Cummings. With safety being one of the shallowest positions, Zimmerman could easily see some game action this year.

Riley: "The opportunity is there first of all, and I think he's taking advantage of it."

Poyer: Jordan Poyer continues to impress at corner. In the first play of one-on-ones, Markus Wheaton slipped on a route and Poyer came knifing in to make a diving interception. The play of the day, however, did come on a Katz-thrown deep route where Wheaton came down with the ball in front of Poyer, the grab coming about 40 yards downfield.

Hardin: CB Brandon Hardin's status is still undetermined. He's getting other opinions on his shoulder injury and the team should have word on his situation sometime this week.

Glover: DT Dominic Glover's academic status remains undetermined.

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