PRACTICE REPORT: Philipp fitted for redshirt

CORVALLIS – Michael Philipp and family wanted him to redshirt his freshman season but the 5-star ranked o-lineman coming out of high school was needed in 2009. He continued to start his sophomore campaign but was dogged by injuries, and a less than fully healthy 2011 fall camp have brought the topic back to life. The end result? Philipp will be fitted for a redshirt this season.

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

Riley notes
The big news of the day – Michael Philipp is going to redshirt. Riley said they made that decision this morning. He said it was Philipp's idea.

Philipp has been battling knee injuries and they think it would be good for him to redshirt and then come back next year at full strength is the thinking behind the move.

Philipp , a junior, started as a true freshman in 2009 and as a sophomore last year. He was No. 2 on the depth chart this year at tackle behind Colin Kelly, who won the job in the spring.

Another significant development – Despite his optimism earlier this eek, Riley now doesn't anticipate DT Dominic Glover being eligible for Saturday's game, saying he'll still have some things he needs to clear up by the time Saturday arrives.

Practice observations
Connor Hamlett: Several nice receptions in the end zone. He caught a pass in the back of the end zone and made it look easy. He also caught another nicely thrown ball for another score. He is every bit of 6-foot-7 and looks like he can be a highly productive player for the Beavs in certain game situations.

Obum Gwacham: Had a nice one-handed catch that drew praise. He's gotten better at better at hauling in the ball in recent days and all told, from an overall perspective since fall camp kicked off.

Clayton York: Wanted to make sure the Beavers fullback got at least ONE mention during this four week fall camp and game week practice extravaganza … he had a very good day, made a lot of solid plays out there on the field on Thursday.

Lance Mitchell: Stepped in front of a pass for a nice interception.

Jordan Bishop: Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf got on him pretty good during 7-on-7 when Bishop briefly lost focus and lined up in the wrong spot, tried to correct himself, but lined up in the wrong spot again.

Jovan Stevenson and Ryan Katz fumbled on an exchange. Langsdorf wasn't happy about that, and must have blamed it on Stevenson because Agnew came in the next play.

The Beavers seemingly survived this week without any new injuries. From this point forward, they hope to get more back than they lose.

Jordan Jenkins saw his first week of full action, Josh Andrews returned after a concussion last week, Cameron Collins and Lance Mitchell didn't miss any practices this week for the first time all camp, Kevin Frahm showed signed of improvements, and James Rodgers and Joe Halahuni continued to make strides.

This may have been the first week the Beavers actually started to heal rather than take a step backwards. Riley said that's fairly normal, considering game week practices aren't as intense and full of hits as training camp.

Riley said that several running backs will get a chance to strut their stuff Saturday. Obviously, Agnew will start, but Riley confirmed that Terron Ward will likely be the first guy to get a carry other than Agnew. Jenkins also figures to see some carries.

Riley's not sure what Stevenson's role will be, but he said he will see some time at running back, whether it be as third-down back or what have you.

There was piped in noise for the first time this practice session. They put it on when the offense was starting inside its own 10-yard line, trying to simulate the crowd noise Katz and company will face when their buried in opponent's territory. They also used it when running the two-minute drill.

Riley said the piped in crowd noise is something they've always done and to expect more of it as the season goes on.

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