FALL CAMP: DAY 19

CORVALLIS–A lot of news coming out of the Beavs' Friday practice. A true frosh running back and receiver are looking as if they'll likely be starters in their first collegiate games. Another freshman DE is not being fitted for a redshirt either – and there are seven true frosh who will play. The D's starting front four has been determined. And BF.C's Warner Strausbaugh has all that and more..

Practice Snapshot:
3:00 – Stretches and warm-ups, punt returns (returner only).
3:10 – Special teams drills, entire offense running plays.
3:15 – Offense splits up, QB-RB handoffs, WR cone drill, OL individual blocking work.
3:25 – Full-team kickoff coverage and returns.
3:40 – Full-team field goals, QBs work with fullbacks and tailbacks on handoff exchanges, WR cone drill again.
3:45 – Offense and defense break off, QB-WR passing, RB with OL pass protection drill, full defense interception returns before breaking off into unit work.
3:55 – Full-team game situational; just like a scrimmage but without tackling. Drive starts with a kickoff or punt, the offense goes through all four downs at different spots on the field, then it ends with a punt or field goal attempt.
4:40 – Red zone full team 11-on-11s.
4:50 – Practice ends.

Running with the 1s on Day 19, complete with practice notes:
OFFENSE
QB: Ryan Katz
RB: Malcolm Agnew
Split End: Markus Wheaton
Slotback: Jordan Bishop
Flanker: Brandin Cooks
Tight End: Colby Prince
Left Tackle: Mike Remmers
Left Guard: Michael Lamb
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: Dylan Wynn
SLB: Shiloah Te'o
MLB: Feti Unga
WLB: Michael Doctor
LCB: Jordan Poyer
S: Anthony Watkins
S: Lance Mitchell
RCB: Rashaad Reynolds


Mike Riley on today's practice: "I loved practice today; I thought it was very efficient inside and outside the huddle. Taking signals, calling plays, I thought it was good form."

Defensive Line Notebook:
Wynn: True freshman Dylan Wynnsaw a lot of action at defensive end with the first team today.

Riley:
"Right now Dylan Wynn's not going to redshirt, he's going to play."

Riley mentioned Wynn as one of seven freshmen who are not going to redshirt but didn't mention the others. Agnew, Cooks, Terron Ward, Tyrequek Zimmerman, D.J. Welch, and Trevor Romaine would be my best guess for the most likely candidates to be the other true freshmen not redshirting.

Masaniai: Defensive tackle Castro Masaniai was also back after missing yesterday with a shoulder issue.

Starting D-Line: Riley confirmed the starting four up front for are going to be Crichton, Henry, Masaniai, and Seumalo. There remains no word on Dominic Glover's academic situation.

Linebacker Notebook:
Collins: Starting SLB Cameron Collins sat out today with a tight hamstring. Shiloah Te'o got to see time with the 1's today, as Rueben Robinson is still out with back spasms.

Riley: "(Collins) and Lance Mitchell are going to be like this all year. It's going to be a day off here and there."

Secondary Notebook:
Mitchell: Safety Lance Mitchell was back after missing yesterday's practice, as expected.

Hardin: Yesterday Riley speculated that the team will have to be prepared for Hardin to miss the entire season, today he made it sound like a certainty.

Riley: "We have been told that it's anywhere from four months to six months rehab. So that's pretty obvious that he is not going to play this season."

Riley also said that he thinks they've built up good depth at cornerback with Rashaad Reynolds, Sean Martin and Keynan Parker, which is key when having to deal with your starter missing the whole season.

Riley: "It's like we always preach, sometime in the blink of an eye someone's going to look at you and say ‘You're in!' And that's one of those times right now."

Murphy: Safety Ryan Murphy continues to make plays and capture the attention of the coaches. Today he batted down a ball on a deep corner thrown from Katz to Wheaton. His closing speed was apparent, as it looked like Wheaton had two steps on the safety. Murphy is definitely going to be a contributor on this defense, and in special teams.

Riley: "Murph will be playing in the games. He's right now our number one guy to go in at safety. If indeed we get into any kind of a third-down defense, we like him in that place; he would be the perfect guy."

Offensive Line Notebook:
The starting offensive line of Remmers, Andrews, Johnson, Ellis, and Kelly has perhaps been the most consistent unit on this team as far as reliability, skill and, until Andrews was recently dinged up, at avoiding injury. Michael Philipp and Michael Lamb also look like very competent backups for this line at left tackle and left guard, respectively.

Riley: "They're way ahead of where they were this time a year ago, or even later in the year a year ago. And I think it was due to the offseason program, spring practice, fall camp, I think they've grown throughout that time."

Andrews: As reported earlier, starting left guard Josh Andrews suffered a concussion back during Monday morning's practice. Riley said today that he should be back in the fold Tuesday at latest, possibly Monday, and will be ready for the opener.

Quarterback Notebook:
Vaz: Backup QB Cody Vaz and WR Obum Gwacham had some good-looking chemistry during the full-team work near the red zone. In one set of roughly eight plays, the two hooked up on three touchdowns from 5, 15 and 20 yards out. Vaz threw a perfect fade on one pass to Gwacham from the five yard line, hitting him right where only the hands of the 6-5 receiver could reach.

Mannion: Third-stringer Sean Mannion looked pretty comfortable running with the first team in the situational scrimmage. He was with them on one drive and completed all five passing attempts. It's been hit or miss with the QBs, but today they all looked pretty crisp in the scrimmage setting.

Wide Receiver Notebook:
Gwacham: Boomer has been the strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this fall camp. He'll make some breathtaking plays (like the TDs mentioned before), using his great height and looking like a legitimate red zone target. But just when you think he's turned a page, he can drop routine passes and look lost during plays. Gwacham will be an interesting player to watch as we head into the season.

Backup WRs: All signs point to Markus Wheaton, Jordan Bishop and Brandin Cooks being the WR starters for Sacramento State, but Riley doesn't want to discount the work of some of the other members of the receiving corps—"I think other players on our team like Munoz, Darrell Catchings and Kevin Cummings have all raised their game. They'll all play in the games."

Running Back Notebook:
Agnew: While Riley said he's not going to announce starters to the media, Malcolm Agnew looks like a lock to be in at tailback against Sacramento State. He saw all of his reps with the ones, and was only spelled by Jordan Jenkins twice during the 45-minute full-team situational work.

Riley: "If indeed that works out like that, if Malcolm Agnew starts, and Brandin Cooks starts—which is very possible—they're good players, they're ready to go."

Jenkins: RB Jordan Jenkins saw a lot more action today than he has probably ever seen this fall. He's still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Jenkins got reps with the 1's, 2's and 3's, but was the only tailback to run with the first-team outside of Agnew.

Riley: "It was good just to see Jordan play a little bit and kind of get the rust off I suppose."

Woods & McCants: It appeared more than ever today that true freshman Storm Woods and senior Ryan McCants are well down in the running back rotation, although that could also mean the coaches don't need to see any more. Still, neither saw any time during any of the full-team sessions in the last hour of practice. Woods is still a definite redshirt possibility, while McCants may have to make his mark whenever he gets a chance and on special teams.


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