SPRING BALL DAY 6: INTs aplenty, OL steps up

CORVALLIS -- Former Oregon State and current Cleveland Brown CB James Dockery was helping out the Beavs on Day 6 – and a little something must have rubbed off because the secondary was shining bright. Indeed, the Beaver D grabbed five interceptions, four of which were thrown by Cody Vaz. The o-line also had its best showing of the spring, opening up gaping holes at times for the running backs.

Players wore full pads on Day 6.

Practice Snapshot:
2:45 Players stretch, QB's warm up arms
3:00 Special teams/individuals
3:20 Special teams, PAT/field goals
3:30 Individuals
3:45 Team offense/Team defense
4:05 11-on-11 (Full contact)
4:45 7-on-7

Depth Chart, with Day 6 practice notes

Offensive Line (The offensive line still had its issues at times, but arguably had its best day of practice as a unit this spring. The run game was noticeably better and pass protection was for the most part solid.)

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 (There were some big holes behind the left guard. Andrews also looked good pulling on a couple instances.)

Center:
Roman Sapolu
Jake Welch

Right Guard: (Another day, another repeat. No clear starter has emerged at this position, which could augur for a freshman like Isaac Seumalo to make a serious run at the job in fall camp.)
Mike Beaton
David Vieru

Right Tackle:
Michael Philipp
Derek Nielsen
Wide Receivers (Though the receivers were outplayed by the secondary, they once again ran good routes and caught the balls that were catchable. Markus Wheaton continues to dominate, catching three long touchdowns from Mannion and Brandin Cooks displayed remarkable after the catch abilities.)

Flanker:
Brandin Cooks (On a day where the defense was going full speed to the ground, Cooks looked spectacular running with the ball. In once instance he pulled a juke like something you would only seen in a Madden video game, causing cornerback Sean Martin to whiff completely as Cooks picked up an extra ten yards.)
Micah Hatfield (Sat out his third consecutive practice with a head injury. The latest is that he should return Monday if not before.)

Split End:
Markus Wheaton (Clearly the most experienced receiver and best route runner this spring, Wheaton found himself well behind the defense on three occasions, which led to three long touchdowns from Mannion.)
Richard Mullaney (Nearly came up with a diving one-handed catch on one play that was reminiscent of Mike Hass.)
Geno Munoz
Jeff Bedbury

Slotback:
Obum Gwacham (Gwacham today was probably the most consistent he's been this spring, catching every pass and running crisp routes.)
Kevin Cummings (Made an impressive catch over Malcolm Marable.)
Mitch Singler
Kramer Ferrell
*Jordan Bishop (Still was limited, but wore shoulder pads and participated more in one-on-one contact drills.)

Tight Ends/H Backs ("Those young tight ends having to block Dylan Wynn have had trouble, which is no easy task, but it's been good for them. They're real good receivers, but blocking is part of it too," said Mike Riley.)
Colby Prince (Like Smith and Agnew, also sat practice out with a tight hamstring.)
Connor Hamlett
Tyler Perry
Kellen Clute
Caleb Smith ("As far as physically fitting in and doing what he's supposed to do he's been great. He's very big and athletic as a high school senior," said Riley.)

Running Backs: ("They're all capable but I don't know who's going to surface as the starter or if we'll have a first down and third down back," said Riley. "We're just going to let it all play out and see who steps up.")
Malcolm Agnew (Practiced fully today after the hamstring flare up and looked good throughout.)
Storm Woods (Left practice early after taking a hard hit. Riley didn't know what was wrong but it looks like Woods should be OK for Saturday's practice.)
Terron Ward
Jordan Jenkins
*Jovan Stevenson (Is beginning to participate more in contact drills but still isn't fully back.)

Quarterbacks: (Mannion looked decent, but Vaz struggled all practice and threw the four picks.)

Sean Mannion (Connected for three long touchdowns, including a 60 yarder that traveled 50 yards through the air and was perfectly accurate.)
Cody Vaz (Looked frustrated throughout, especially after throwing three interceptions in six throws.)
Jack Lomax
Richie Harrington

Defensive Line (The defensive line has been dominant all spring, but allowed some big runs on Thursday. Still generated decent pressure in passing situations, however.)
Left Defensive End
Scott Crichton
Devon Kell
Rusty Fernando
Lavonte Barnett

Left Defensive Tackle
Mana Rosa
Joe Lopez (Absolutely laid out Woods on an inside run. It was the most vicious hit of the day for sure.)
Brandon Bennett
*Castro Masaniai (Ran with a trainer on the sideline without a limp.)

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 (As has been the case this spring while rehabbing from injury, didn't participate at all)

Linebackers: (The linebackers continue to improve. They had their best day of the spring on Tuesday – and then topped it today, probably having their best practice of the spring in coverage. Doctor and Welch continue to look fast and aggressive.)

SAM Linebacker
D.J. Welch ("You can't help but notice D.J. Welch. He's so athletic, his only thing is learning the defense and being in the right place," said Riley.)
Jabral Johnson
Will Storey
Kyle Egan

MIK Linebacker:
Feti Unga (Had a sack and broke up a couple of passes. Unga has looked a lot better the last couple of practices.)
Rueben Robinson
Josh Williams (Had a couple of impressive hits that drew appreciation from the fans in attendance.)
Jaswha James
Kyle Gardner
Charlie Gilmur

WIL Linebacker:
Michael Doctor ("I really like how Michael Doctor's come out and stepped up in practice," said Riley.)
Cade Cowdin ("We expect him to step in and compete for playing time," said Riley.)
Shaydon Akuna
Zeke Sanders

Secondary: ("I thought Ryan Murphy and Rashaad Reynolds looked really good today and made some great plays, so it was good to see," said Riley.)

Left Cornerback:
Jordan Poyer (Had one of the many Beaver interceptions off of a tipped pass.)
Keynan Parker (Looked very good returning from an ankle injury, not hard to see playing time in nickel situations in the fall.)
*Larry Scott

Safety:
Ryan Murphy (Murphy continues to be the most impressive DB outside of maybe Poyer. On the day, came up with not one, not two, but three interceptions.)
Peter Ashton (Picked Vaz off on the sideline.)

Safety:
Tyrequek Zimmerman (Zimmerman has been very quiet this spring, which might not necessarily be a bad thing. He hasn't broken up many passes or came up with any interceptions -- but he also never seems to get beat or at least flat out burned in coverage.)
*Anthony Watkins
Micah Audiss

Right Cornerback:
Rashaad Reynolds (Made a diving interception on the sideline)
Sean Martin (Got a good amount of reps and seemed to be all over receivers. Looked really good in man-to-man coverage.)
Malcolm Marable
*Brian Watkins


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