SCRIMMAGE 1: Defense reigns

CORVALLIS -- Day 7 of spring ball at Oregon State was the first full contact scrimmage, (albeit an abbreviated one,) and complete with referees. The offense and defense traded blows, but the defense outplayed Sean Mannion and the Beaver offense on this day.

Bright spots for the offense included Obum Gwacham and Brandin Cooks who both looked impressive catching mid-range passes.

The secondary was the best unit, breaking up multiple passes and pulling in a couple of interceptions.

Cornerbacks Sean Martin and Keynan Parker in particular were very good in coverage.

Practice Snapshot:
11:00 Players stretch, QB's warm up arms
11:15 Special teams/individuals
11:25 Special teams, PAT/field goals
11:35 Individuals
12:00 One-on-ones, receivers ran routes against db's and offensive and defensive line faced off as well
12:25 11-on-11 (Full contact)
1:00 7-on-7

Depth Chart, with scrimmage and practice notes
Offensive Line: The offensive line continued to build off the previous practice, showing improvement in both run and pass blocking. Mike Riley was very pleased with their performance and the thin unit escaped the first full contact scrimmage without any injuries. "They're getting better," said Riley. "For only having eight healthy guys they looked pretty good today."

Left Tackle:
Justin Addie
Colin Kelly

Left Guard:
Josh Andrews: "I've been really impressed with Josh," said Riley. "He's looking like he could be a leader for all those guys on the line."

Roman Sapolu
Jake Welch: "Jake's looking strong," said Riley. "He looks pretty good coming off of the redshirt year. I'm excited to see how he develops and fits in this year."

Right Guard: "Beaton's another guy that's been impressive so far," said Riley. "He's probably been the most solid guy this spring."
Mike Beaton
David Vieru

Right Tackle:
Michael Philipp
Derek Nielsen

Wide Receivers: Obum Gwacham and Brandin Cooks highlighted the receiving corps on Saturday, but Wheaton and Cummings continue to look good as well. Mullaney also continues to make tough catches over the middle of the field and it looks like he could make an impact this coming season.

Brandin Cooks: "He's a lot like James [Rodgers] was early in his career," said Riley. "He knows how to play the game and make plays, he just needs to work on his route running at this point. He'll get a lot better this year and could be a special player."
Micah Hatfield: Returned to action for the first time since suffering a concussion last week.

Split End:
Markus Wheaton: Wheaton continues to get loose deep for big gains -- he's having a big-time spring.
Richard Mullaney: Riley said he thinks Mullaney could turn into the most dependable receiver for the Beavers at some point in his career. He runs good routes and seems to never drop a catchable ball.
Geno Munoz
Jeff Bedbury

Obum Gwacham: Gwacham's size is impossible to overlook, and he looked great on Day 7 on a number of pass plays. Especially in the red zone, he could be a big weapon for OSU moving forward. Kevin Cummings: Another receiver who could see considerable playing time in the slot this year, especially if Bishop has continued injury problems.
Mitch Singler
Kramer Ferrell
*Jordan Bishop: Still limited, but wore shoulder pads and participated more in one-on-one contact drills.

Tight Ends/H Backs: All of the tight ends looked very athletic on Saturday, catching passes all over the field. Perry and Hamlett really stood out on Day 7.
Colby Prince: Continues to sit out with sore hamstring.
Connor Hamlett
Tyler Perry
Kellen Clute
Caleb Smith: Fully returned to practice after sitting out with a strained hamstring earlier this week.

Running Backs: The passing game was the highlight of practice and the scrimmage but Ward and Jenkins looked good out of the backfield catching passes. Storm Woods sat out practice with a concussion and won't return for at least a week according to Riley.

Malcolm Agnew: Had a couple of nice runs up the middle, but didn't see much come his way on passing plays.
Storm Woods: Sat out with a concussion.
Terron Ward: Was the best RB on this day, picking up big gains on short passes and stretch runs.
Jordan Jenkins
*Jovan Stevenson: Beginning to participate more in contact drills but still isn't fully back.

Sean Mannion: Mannion was inconsistent, but he still had his moments. It seems like he hooks up with Wheaton for a deep touchdown at least once or twice every practice.
Cody Vaz: He looked much better after a rough practice on Day 6.
Jack Lomax
Richie Harrington

Defensive Line: Got good pressure on pass plays, totaling three sacks in the 45-minute scrimmage that totaled around 25 plays. Crichton and Wynn continue to anchor the unit and provide constant pressure.

Left Defensive End
Scott Crichton
Devon Kell
Rusty Fernando
Lavonte Barnett

Left Defensive Tackle
Mana Rosa
Joe Lopez
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: Continues to sit out as he recovers from injury.

Linebackers: Michael Doctor and D.J. Welch are hard to miss. Their speed is substantial covering receivers sideline to sideline. "Those guys are so athletic and so fast," said Riley. "Their only thing is running fast to the right spots. If they get the coverages right and do their assignments we'll be really good at the linebacker position this year."

SAM Linebacker
D.J. Welch
Jabral Johnson
Will Storey
Kyle Egan

MIK Linebacker:
Feti Unga Unga's still the clear starter here and the way he's playing, it's tough to see that changing.
Rueben Robinson
Josh Williams
Jaswha James
Kyle Gardner
Charlie Gilmur

WIL Linebacker:
Michael Doctor
Cade Cowdin
Shaydon Akuna
Zeke Sanders

Secondary: Sean Martin and Keynan Parker were especially impressive today, breaking up multiple passes. Martin nearly came up with a diving interception that really excited secondary coach Rod Perry. Poyer and Reynolds were solid once again, and Murphy continues to prove he's a ball hawk who could force a lot of turnovers this year. Martin is starting to turn heads. Parker is making a strong play to see playing time in a backup position and possibly nickel packages.

Left Cornerback:
Jordan Poyer
Keynan Parker

*Larry Scott

Ryan Murphy
Peter Ashton

Tyrequek Zimmerman
*Anthony Watkins
Micah Audiss

Right Cornerback:
Rashaad Reynolds
Sean Martin
Malcolm Marable
*Brian Watkins

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