SPRING BALL DAY 2: DBs shine

CORVALLIS -- Players again wore helmets, no pads on Day 2. The intensity was already a notch higher during only the second session of the spring -- the last practice before the team adds shoulder pads to the mix. The secondary shined with impressive interceptions from starting CB Rashaad Reynolds and S Ryan Murphy.

Practice Snapshot:
2:45 Players stretch, QB's warm up arms
3:00 Special teams, everyone else individuals (Trevor Romaine looked much better than day one, connecting on every attempted kick.)
3:10 Offensive walkthrough, Defense pursuit drill
3:25 Individual drills, Quarterbacks throw with TE's and WR's.
3:40 Team offense/Team defense (offense and defense worked on their own)
4:25 All-team skeleton
4:40 Offense vs. Defense 11-on-11
5:00 7-on-7 offense vs. defense, line moved to individual workouts.
Practice ended at 5:30

Depth Chart with Day 2 practice notes

Offensive Line (Similar story to Day 1. Only eight offensive linemen participated in team drills. As a unit had much trouble in pass blocking. Allowed multiple pass rushers to the quarterback before even completing the drop back on a number of occasions.)

Left Tackle:
Justin Addie (With Kelly sidelined during contact drills Addie took majority of snaps during the team periods. Had a couple of false starts and had trouble keeping Wynn in front of him for a good part of the team drills.)
Colin Kelly (Only participated in individual non-contact drills)

Left Guard:
Josh Andrews (The whole left side of the line had issues throughout the day. The majority of the pass rush usually came off of the edge, but was from the middle at times too.)

Center:
Roman Sapolu ("Roman's always been very good technically and athletically but needed to add bulk. He's done that this year so I'm excited to see him block when we put on full gear," said Mike Riley.)
Jake Welch (Botched a couple of snap exchanges with Mannion.)

Right Guard: (Only Beaton and Vieru participated in the first practice splitting reps between first and second teams)
Mike Beaton
David Vieru

Right Tackle: (Philipp got more action with the first team than Nielsen.)
Michael Philipp ("Expectations are really high and we need him to be great. I'm glad he's back healthy and participating, and hopefully with him returning, the recruits coming in, and the guys who got experience last year we'll be a lot better on the line," said Riley.)
Derek Nielsen

Wide Receivers (Overall, the group was outplayed by the secondary on this day, but Wheaton made a few miraculous catches to highlight the group.)

Flanker:
Brandin Cooks (Cooks saw a lot of work in the offense on Thursday but we won't go into detail. Spring is the time for experimentation and it could very well be that the coaching staff just wants to get a look at him doing a variety of things.)
Micah Hatfield (Another solid day for Hatfield, who will likely receive a substantially larger amount of playing time than last year.)

Split End:
Markus Wheaton (Highlighted the receiving corps on this day, catching nearly every ball thrown his way, including two circus catches. Almost won an impressive jump ball over safety Ryan Murphy as well.)
Richard Mullaney
Geno Munoz
Jeff Bedbury
Slotback:
Obum Gwacham (Gwacham dropped a couple of catchable balls early, but got better as the practice progressed and ended the day with a nice sideline grab, getting two feet in bounds.)
Kevin Cummings (Worked nicely in the slot for the second consecutive day.)
Mitch Singler
Kramer Ferrell
*Jordan Bishop (Participated in individuals and ran latter drills on the sideline during team practice.)

Tight Ends/H Backs
Colby Prince
Connor Hamlett
Tyler Perry (Made two nice one handed grabs in 7-on-7)
Kellen Clute
Caleb Smith (Still learning the system, it only being his second practice, but did drop his only target during 11-on-11)

Running Backs: (Split carries and snaps pretty evenly again on the second day. With the exception of Stevenson everyone in this group looks very healthy and ready for next season. Even Stevenson could be fully back by the end of spring practices.)
Malcolm Agnew ("Day 2 was a lot better for us. [The running backs] had a lot of good runs today and ran good routes, it feels good to be out on the field.")
Terron Ward
Storm Woods
Jordan Jenkins
*Jovan Stevenson (Practiced in individuals drills again but ran separately on the sideline during team while still recovering from injury.)

Quarterbacks: (Quarterbacks looked good once again, with the exception of three combined interceptions. The coaching staff seemed pleased with their reads and decisions for the most part.)

Sean Mannion (Despite a couple of interceptions, one to Reynolds and one to Murphy, Mannion looked sharp again on day two connecting on long balls to Wheaton on multiple occasions.)
Cody Vaz (Had a couple of errant throws, including an interception to Murphy and near interception to Poyer, but looked poised and confident once again.)
Jack Lomax
Richie Harrington

Defensive Line (The defensive line got constant pressure on Mannion and Vaz all practice, which would have resulted in numerous sacks had play been live.)

Left Defensive End
Scott Crichton (Had constant pressure around the left side as well as up the middle.)
Devon Kell
Rusty Fernando
Lavonte Barnett

Left Defensive Tackle
Mana Rosa (Got the first team reps for the injured Masaniai)
Joe Lopez
Brandon Bennett
*Castro Masaniai (Ran with a trainer on the sideline and did latter work without any sign of a limp. Didn't participate in any of the practice, however)

Right Defensive Tackle
Andrew Seumalo (Looked to be in good shape and took nearly all of first team reps)
Desmond Collins
Mana Tuivailala
Noa Aluesi

Right Defensive End
Dylan Wynn (Would have had three sacks on the day in not too many reps at right end. Gave the left tackles problems with speed as well as power.)
Rudolf Fifita
John Braun
Na'Alii Robins
*Blake Harrah (Didn't participate at all)

Linebackers: (The linebackers looked much better in pass coverage on Day Two, covering screens and short routes especially.)

SAM Linebacker
D.J. Welch ("I like his toughness, first of all. He's a very fast, good athlete who can cover a lot of ground. He will hit when he gets there too. He was a very good special teams player and if he can learn the defense I think he'll be a very good linebacker for us.")
Jabral Johnson
Will Storey
Kyle Egan

MIK Linebacker:
Feti Unga
Rueben Robinson (Played well throughout practice and broke up a screen in 11-on-11)
Josh Williams
Jaswha James
Kyle Gardner
Charlie Gilmur

WIL Linebacker:
Michael Doctor (Doctor broke up a couple of passes in good pass coverage on day two.)
Cade Cowdin
Shaydon Akuna
Zeke Sanders

Secondary: (Secondary was fantastic all day, breaking up a number of passes and recording three interceptions. The starting unit looked especially good.)

Left Cornerback:
Jordan Poyer (Poyer nearly picked off Mannion on one occasion, and would have had an interception on another had Ryan Murphy not cut in front of him. He gave the fans in attendance a good laugh when he yelled at Murphy telling him, "You got lucky Murph, that should've been mine!")
Keynan Parker Rolled an ankle early in practice and sat out the second half. He was walking without aid or a noticeable lift after practice, however, and looks like he should be ready to go later in the week.)
*Larry Scott

Safety:
Ryan Murphy (Murphy arguably had the best practice of any Beaver, intercepting Mannion and Vaz once each, including an acrobatic breakup on the sideline, in which he nearly came up with a third.)
Peter Ashton

Safety:
Tyrequek Zimmerman
*Anthony Watkins (Participated in individuals including pursuit drill, but sat out contact drills)

Right Cornerback:
Rashaad Reynolds (Reynolds had his second interception in two practices, picking of Mannion. "He's a really smart kid and takes what you teach him and does a real good job of actually using it on the field," said Riley.)
*Sean Martin
Malcolm Marable
*Brian Watkins

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