SPRING BALL DAY 4: Riley calling plays

CORVALLIS -- Mike Riley called the offense all day, and he has this spring, but he claims it's only for the spring session. The Beavs went back to helmets and shorts, no pads, for the fourth spring practice. Riley said it was their third required practice without pads so the team used the day to continue installing offense and defense, which was the majority of the practice.

Practice was highlighted by the performance of the quarterbacks and receivers in 7-on-7, in which both groups looked sharp and focused. James Rodgers also showed up to practice to support his old teammates.

Practice Snapshot:
2:45 Players stretch, QB's warm up arms
3:00 Special teams, everyone else individuals
3:10 Special teams, kickoff coverage, onside kicks
3:20 Special teams, PAT/field goals (Trevor Romaine was inconsistent, but did connect from 45 yards out on both attempts.)
3:30 Individuals
3:45 Team offense/Team defense
4:25 7-on-7 (Lineman leave for weight lifting)
5:00 End of practice
Depth Chart, with Day 4 practice notes
Offensive Line (The thin offensive line looked to know assignments well and who to block in the team periods.)

Left Tackle:
Justin Addie (Continues to get all of the first team reps with Kelly out.)
Colin Kelly (Only participated in individual non-contact drills)

Left Guard:
Josh Andrews

Center: (Sapolu has the clear edge so far this spring from this vantage point.)

Roman Sapolu ("He's definitely stronger, which was his biggest issue," said Riley. "He's always been athletic and intelligent. He's really grown leaps and bounds. He's gotten stronger and heavier, which is what we need at the center position.")
Jake Welch

Right Guard: (No clear starter at this position. Likely that an incoming freshman could fill this hole, such as Isaac Seumalo?)

Mike Beaton
David Vieru

Right Tackle: (Philipp got more action with the first team than Nielsen.)

Michael Philipp ("It's great to have him back. He's one of those guys that has to continue working like crazy but he should compete come fall camp," said Riley. "It's great to have him back, though.")
Derek Nielsen

Wide Receivers (The group was impressive in 7-on-7. Worked well against both man coverage and the zone that the secondary was running, sitting down in the right windows, and beating db's in one-on-one coverage.)

Brandin Cooks
("He absolutely has to," said Riley, referring to Cooks stepping into James Rodgers role of running the fly sweep. "We want Markus to be able to run those plays and we're always looking for the next guy too. It's important that we always have that guy in our offense though.")
Micah Hatfield (Sat out with an undisclosed head injury, but Riley expects him to return by Thursday's practice.)

Split End:
Markus Wheaton (Continues to have the best spring of all the WR's, and probably the entire offense. Caught a couple of deep balls along the sideline in 7-on-7.)
Richard Mullaney (Had the most impressive catch on the day, a sideline grab in between two defenders, which seemed to fire up the rest of the offense for the rest of 7-on-7.)
Geno Munoz (Another impressive wide receiver on this day, Munoz caught the most passes of any Beaver, mostly on timing routes along the sideline.)
Jeff Bedbury
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 caught passes from the Juggs machine on sideline during team periods.)

Tight Ends/H Backs (Still very unclear who will be the primary replacement after Halahuni's graduation.)
Colby Prince
Connor Hamlett (Received the most targets on this day.)
Tyler Perry
Kellen Clute
Caleb Smith (Sat out with a strained hamstring, but is expected to return later this week.)

Running Backs: (In a day dominated by 7-on-7, the running backs looked good running routes and catching the football coming out of the backfield. Everyone knew their assignments in pass protection as well.)

Malcolm Agnew (Made a couple of tough catches in traffic, a skill that he didn't necessarily show last season.)
Storm Woods (Looks to be the best receiver out of the backfield at this point.)
Jordan Jenkins *Jovan Stevenson (Practiced in individuals drills again but ran separately on the sideline during team while still recovering from injury.)

Quarterbacks: (Both Mannion and Vaz were exceptional all day, completing nearly every pass in 7-on-7 while avoiding any interceptions at all.)

Sean Mannion (Looked the sharpest he has all spring, connecting on every type of throw. He was especially accurate on the timing deep out routes all practice.)
Cody Vaz (Vaz looked extremely accurate and showed arm strength on multiple throws. One throw to Gwacham was beautifully placed over the outstretched arms of Murphy for a deep touchdown.)
Jack Lomax
Richie Harrington

Defensive Line (The lineman spent a good portion of practice lifting weights, but Crichton and Wynn continue to get the majority of reps at the ends. Otherwise, nobody really stood out on this day.)

Left Defensive End
Scott Crichton (Continues to get vast majority of reps.)
Devon Kell
Rusty Fernando
Lavonte Barnett

Left Defensive Tackle
Mana Rosa (Got the first team reps for the rehabbing Masaniai)
Joe Lopez
Brandon Bennett
*Castro Masaniai (Wasn't at practice)

Right Defensive Tackle
Andrew Seumalo Desmond Collins
Mana Tuivailala
Noa Aluesi

Right Defensive End
Dylan Wynn
Rudolf Fifita
John Braun
Na'Alii Robins
*Blake Harrah (Didn't participate)

Linebackers: (The linebackers had a hard time covering receivers. The defense ran more zone than they have up to this point in 7-on-7 and there was some confusion in coverage. Unga noticeably had difficulties covering running backs out of the back field at times.)

SAM Linebacker
D.J. Welch (Had the best day of all the linebackers in coverage.)
Jabral Johnson
Will Storey
Kyle Egan

MIK Linebacker:
Feti Unga (Had trouble covering smaller, faster backs on short routes, but did break up a pass intended for Jenkins in one instance.)
Rueben Robinson
Josh Williams
Jaswha James (Broke up a screen pass in team)
Kyle Gardner
Charlie Gilmur

WIL Linebacker:
Michael Doctor
Cade Cowdin
(Outplayed Doctor on Day 4, but Doctor has established himself and looks to have a steady hold on the starter's job though.)
Shaydon Akuna
Zeke Sanders

Secondary: (Despite a lot of success for the offense on this day, the secondary continues to be one of the more consistent positions. New defensive back coach Rod Perry seems to be having a positive impact early. "He's got a lot of coaching left in him after leaving the Colts so this is just good timing for the Beavers," said Riley. "He's already been a great benefit to our players."

Left Cornerback:
Jordan Poyer (Took some punts in special teams and looks to be the primary return guy once again this year. Also, broke up a couple of passes in 7-on-7, which was rare for the secondary on this day.)
Keynan Parker (Still sitting out with sprained ankle)
*Larry Scott

Ryan Murphy (Had more difficulty covering the deep ball than he has of late.)
Peter Ashton

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

Right Cornerback:
Rashaad Reynolds (Had some trouble covering the speedy Cooks, but stripped Jenkins for a fumble, and continues to look like a player that could force turnovers in multiple ways this year.)
*Sean Martin
Malcolm Marable (Was one of the kick returners in addition to Wheaton and Poyer in special teams.)
*Brian Watkins

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