PRACTICE REPORT: Beavs getting healthier?

CORVALLIS – A quick, succinct practice was the order of the day for the Beavs as they point towards the Saturday opener at home against Sacramento State. LG Josh Andrews returned to his starting spot, Markus Wheaton was, surprisingly, on the field and in full pads and more.

Practice Snapshot:
2:55: Skeleton on one side; O-Line vs. D-line on other
3:00: Team (1s vs. 1s)
3:10: Offense and defense on separate sides of the field, each partaking in 11-on-11 team against the scout team, made up of freshman and third and fourth stringers. Running plays only, for the most part.
3:20: Offensive line and defensive lines go off on their own, while skill position players partake in 7-on-7.
3:30: Back to 11-on-11 looks vs. the scout team on both sides of the field. A lot more throwing this time around.
4:10: Practice over

Running with the 1s on Tuesday, 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

Left guard Josh Andrews (concussion) practiced with the 1s today.

Markus Wheaton (hip flexor): Was in FULL PADS, somewhat of a surprise considering Riley told us earlier today that Wheaton probably wouldn't practice today. Good sign for the Beavers. He participated in several drills at the start of practice but didn't participate in any team or 7-on-7 drills. Wheaton didn't appear to be going full speed and he routinely stretched his hip flexor.

James Rodgers (knee) had his typical day, partaking in drills and a little bit of skeleton, but no team activities. He stopped practicing after an hour and his pads were off several minutes after.

D.J. Welch (elbow) Didn't practice. Riley said earlier in the day he is unlikely to play this week but he's on the 70-man travel squad.

Cameron Collins (abdominal): Practiced. As we've noted, he's expected to play this weekend.

Defensive line:
Dominic Glover: Practiced after missing yesterday, reportedly because he was taking care of some school stuff. He's still not clear academically -- but Riley expects word by the end of the week and for that word to be good news.

Wide receivers:
Obum Gwacham: He got lots of work in case Wheaton is unable to go. Gwacham had a good day but did have one ball bounce off his chest as he tried to catch it on a slide and had another ball go off his fingertips as he reached up for it.

Cooks: Had a good day, as he's about to play and likely start in his first collegiate game as a true freshman on Saturday.

Jordan Bishop: Continued to be extremely quiet, as he has been most of camp. I didn't see him catch one ball; the targets just aren't there.

Game week, of course, definitely offers a different look at practice. While the team would go 11-on-11, 1s vs. 1s in camp, practices this week have consisted of a lot more of "1s vs. the scout team." The scout team gathers before each play, looks at a card that has one of the opposing team's plays on it, and then executes it.

This can make the scout team players look bad, the "running plays off a card." See a formation on defense or offense the QB or S would, respectively, normally check out of? Tough, run it anyway. Have three men in the area tight on your primary receiver? Tough, throw it anyway. The defensive scout team also doesn't tackle (they barely even hit) and they don't break up passes. The scout team exists to provide the best possible look of that week's opponent, and that means they are not going to look good, and the 1s are going to, and without contact.

Because of this, it's hard to say who's had a good practice – not exactly any big hits or clutch receptions in traffic and what not. The 1s also seem to get a bit more time together on the field than they did during camp, another slight difference.

Secondary notes:
Kenyan Parker practiced with the scout team today. Ryan Handford was running with the 2s. A little interesting – I thought Parker had a chance at playing this week, but clearly not if he's running with the scout team.

Handford made a nice play during 1s on 1s 7-on-7 when he displayed a nice vertical, outjumping Munoz for a ball.

Jordan Poyer should have picked off a Katz ball intended for Gwacham during 7-on-7 but Anthony Watkins stepped in front – not realizing Poyer was in position to make a pick – and knocked it down.

Sean Martin drew praise when he was quick to react on a play during team (1s vs. 1s). With the shuffling behind him (Handford and Parker), it looks like Martin is most certainly locked in as the No. 3 corner, first off the bench, and should see his share of time behind Poyer and Reynolds.

Running backs:
The rotation mirrored the one that Riley mentioned earlier in the day during his presser: Agnew, Ward, Jenkins and Stevenson.

Jordan Jenkins: Jenkins looked pretty fast today; it looks like he's ready to make a serious run at some playing time.

McCants: Got a few reps, but spent the most of the time in the background. Riley did say they want to keep McCants ready in case he's needed at running back, so it's not like he's all the sudden going to stop participating in drills now that he isn't one of the main options.

Storm Woods: Participated as the scout team running back, along with former running back turned cornerback Naji Patrick.

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