PRACTICE REPORT: In and around Planet Beav

CORVALLIS – With the decision to spread out game suspensions involving Beaver players, there's been a touch of controversy added to the practice scene at OSU. But that wasn't the only statement making waves from Mike Riley on Wednesday, he also had some very big words for his linebacking corps. Here's the rundown from Planet Beav by BF.C's Grady Garrett…

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: 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

2:00: Warm-ups, special teams, position drills
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.
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.
4:10: Practice over

Defensive line:
Castro Masaniai: Riley has caught a lot of flack in the last 24 hours for his decision to let Masaniai play Saturday, postponing his one-game suspension due to the defensive line's lack-of-depth. But Riley was not asked about the situation after practice. Masaniai told the Oregonian yesterday he was "surprised" by the decision. TE Connor Hamlett and DT Joe Lopez, two of four players involved in a minor in possession incident at the end of the first week of camp, also will delay serving their one-game suspension from the MIP incident, Riley has decided.

Kevin Frahm (knee): Frahm was seen running sprints on the sideline after practice, his knee wrapped in a bandage. Frahm appeared to be running full speed, pain-free. Frahm said he planned on being back by Wisconsin, and Riley said today that the senior has been lobbying to play this weekend. Riley said there's no chance of that happening.

Riley said "there is a little biology to this," explaining that, no matter how good he's feeling, Frahm needs more time. He said returning after the bye week for the Sep. 24 UCLA game is still the most realistic scenario, but if Frahm has his way he'll be on the field for the Wisconsin game next weekend.

He will start practicing again Tuesday. Riley went on to praise the likes of James Rodgers, Jordan Jenkins and Joe Halahuni. "They're showing a great example of how to rehab," said Riley.

Dominic Glover: Still no new info on his academic situation. Riley had said they would know by the end of the week and that he anticipated a positive outcome. Today, however, it looks like everyone will have to wait beyond that -- "We'll know by gametime," said Riley.

Wide receivers:
Markus Wheaton practiced today, and he did more than he did yesterday. He participated in some 7-on-7 looks and a little bit of team – activities he didn't partake in yesterday, despite being in full pads. He didn't look like he was fully healthy, but his involvement was a positive sign. It looks like he'll be ready to go Saturday was my take.

James Rodgers: Riley met with James before practice Wednesday. According to Riley, they discussed some possibilities. He said they'll decide more next week, but probably won't finalize anything. Riley said Quon is "really upbeat right now." When asked if the UCLA game is a possible return date for Rodgers, Riley said "I suppose it is. But I don't want to say because I'm not the doctor, trainer or James. I have to find out more information."

Defensive Backs
Brandon Hardin: Apparently, Hardin may qualify for a medical redshirt – at least that's what he's telling himself. "He might be a good qualifier," said Riley. It would seem, however, to be a long shot to get that sixth year, which are usually granted when a player loses two years or significant parts of two years to injury in order to get back one.

Sacramento State will probably be looking for any mismatch they can fine, so I wouldn't be surprised if they tested Reynolds and Martin (who have combined for virtually zero game experience) multiple times down field. I asked Riley if he's worried at all about that: "They've had a ton of work playing against very good receivers," Riley said. "They're well prepared."

Riley was asked if he's excited about seeing the group of starting linebackers – Cameron Collins, Feti Unga and Michael Doctor – on the field together Saturday. The trio possesses an abundance of athletic ability and raw talent, despite having no starts under their belts. Riley's response: "If that group can stay healthy and grow, they'll be as good of a group as we've had, which is saying a lot."

That is saying a lot, considering the stable of good linebackers that have come through OSU in the past decade.

Offensive line:
Riley: "I like the offensive line. I really want to see them play. They practiced well, we're not perfect by any means, physically and athletically they've improved from last year."

Starting left guard Josh Andrews has practiced this week and it appears he has recovered from his concussion.

Riley was asked if he will watch tomorrow's UNLV vs. Wisconsin game tomorrow on TV (5:00 p.m. PST, ESPN), and said "we'll get a lot better film than that." He did say it'll be fun to watch his future opponent, but he's not going to say anything to his team about it (doesn't want to distract them from the task at hand Saturday).

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