Wheaton suddenly a concern for Riley, Beavs

CORVALLIS – Markus Wheaton, the Beavs' top go-to-receiver with James Rodgers continuing to work his way back from rehab, wasn't close to being able to run and participate on Monday, heightening some very real concerns about his availability for the opener on Saturday against Sac State.

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Running with the 1s on Day 22, complete with practice notes:
QB: Ryan Katz
RB: Malcolm Agnew
Split End: Brandin Cooks
Slotback: Jordan Bishop
Flanker: Obum Gwacham
Tight End: Colby Prince
Left Tackle: Mike Remmers
Left Guard: Michael Lamb
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

Wide receivers
Markus Wheaton: The big concern of the day. Wheaton sat out Saturday with a "little strain in his hip flexor," which no one thought much of. But when Wheaton was held out again on Monday, suspicion grew.

Riley said that suspicion is well-founded, noting that Wheaton "can't run" and "wasn't close to being able to run today."

Asked if Beaver fans should be concerned, Riley said "it's a concern when your starting receiver can't run the week of a game." Riley said they'll reevaluate where Wheaton is on Wednesday or Thursday.

Redshirt news:
Riley said he has made some decisions, but isn't announcing anything until tomorrow's press conference. BF.C will cover it and bring you all the news and notes.

Riley said last week that he planned on playing seven true freshmen. Tomorrow's announcement will probably be rather anti-climatic in that regard, as Malcolm Agnew, Brandin Cooks, Dylan Wynn, D.J. Welch, Trevor Romaine and Tyrequek Zimmerman are all seemingly locks to see the field this year based on what I've seen firsthand in camp.

Riley said he met with a few of the freshman in question earlier Monday, and said he had to make some tough calls. He's said all along that he's not going to burn the redshirt of a kid and then play him only a handful of plays a game.

Running Backs:
Agnew continued to see time with the 1s today. Riley shied away from officially announcing Agnew as Saturday's starter, but said that anyone who's been watching practice would have a good feeling who's going to start.

Translation: Agnew.

Riley also said he'll make an official announcement on the topic at Tuesday morning's press conference. It's unsure whether or not he'll just announce a starter or if he'll dive into the roles of each of the backs.

Cameron Collins, who "hasn't been feeling great," practiced today and should be ready to go for Saturday's game. At least, that's what Riley said is the expectation.

Dominic Glover was not at practice today. Riley said that Glover had some school work he needed to finish up, which "obviously takes priority." Glover is a potential starting defensive tackle and/or significant rotational player. His academic eligibility has been in question all camp.

Riley expected to make an announcement on Glover's eligibility the very first week of fall camp, but still hasn't. Maybe that announcement will come tomorrow, too.

James Rodgers continued to look good. He's still not cleared for contact – the last date we heard from Riley was September 1st, which would mean he would be cleared for contact Thursday, but who knows.

Riley did say that Rodgers is "way ahead" of schedule, not that that hasn't been obvious this entire month.

Offensive Line:
Starting LG Josh Andrews practiced a little bit today, but didn't partake in contact. Riley said the goal was for Andrews to work a bit of a sweat up, which is part of the protocol when you're dealing with a concussion. Riley expects Andrews will do "a little more" at tomorrow's practice.

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