SPRING BALL DAY 11: Defense stuffing run

CORVALLIS -- Day 11 featured the return of Mike Riley who had been absent because of his father's illness (He's now stable). Players wore full gear and both the offense and defense looked sharp at times during a session that featured a full contact scrimmage complete with referees. And the defense was stuffing the run.

The talk after practice was not only about the marijuana problem at Oregon as reported by ESPN, but the possible problem of its use at Oregon State as well. Mike Riley claims that he's aware of no such problem and that although it does occur it's always dealt with accordingly.

"I don't think it's a problem," said Riley. "When it happens we deal with it but I don't see it as a big problem specifically for us. It's been a way to get yourself kicked out of the program in the past, and drug use is probably a problem around the nation in general. When we see a problem we try and fix it, though."

Back to the action on the field.
Practice Snapshot:
11:00 Players stretch, QB's warm up arms
11:10 Special teams/individuals ("We've had some time to put in most of our special teams packages and everything like that -- and as a whole our special teams is looking good," said Mike Riley. "I'm excited about the punters especially.")
11:20 Special teams, PAT/field goals
11:30 Individuals
12:00 Team offense/Team defense
12:30 11-on-11 (Full contact)
1:15 7-on-7

Depth Chart, with Day 11 practice notes

Offensive Line (The offensive line did a good job in pass protection but struggled in the run game. Aside from a couple of big runs along the outside by Jenkins and Woods the defense stuffed the run for most of practice.)

Left Tackle:
Justin Addie
Colin Kelly

Left Guard:
Josh Andrews

Roman Sapolu
Jake Welch

Right Guard:
Mike Beaton
David Vieru
Geoff Garner

Right Tackle:
Michael Philipp
Derek Nielsen

Wide Receivers (Wheaton looked unstoppable on this sunny day in Corvallis. He got loose three different times on fade and post routes to score a trio of 40 yard-plus touchdowns. His chemistry with Mannion is undeniably a step above every other receiver's. Gwacham was another that impressed, connecting with Vaz deep for two long touchdowns and having success over the middle of the field.)

Brandin Cooks
Micah Hatfield

Split End:
Markus Wheaton
Richard Mullaney
Geno Munoz
Jeff Bedbury

Obum Gwacham (Gwacham is physically a monster compared to the OSU secondary and uses it to his advantage. So far this spring it's looked as though Riley and the offense would like to utilize his size plenty this coming season.)
Kevin Cummings
Mitch Singler
Kramer Ferrell
*Jordan Bishop

Tight Ends/H Backs (Hamlett had another good day for the Beavers and Smith made a couple of catches over the middle. Smith is already the biggest of the tight ends and it's getting harder to imagine him not seeing the field as a true freshman.)

Colby Prince (Prince had his moments in his second practice returning from injury.)
Connor Hamlett
Tyler Perry Kellen Clute
Caleb Smith (Probably had his best practice of the spring making a couple of catches in both 11-on-11 and 7-on-7.)

Running Backs: (Woods had the biggest day for the Beaver running backs with a long run up the right sideline and also had a couple of long catches in the passing game. Jenkins probably had the best play, however, when he cut back all the way across the field -- while still in the backfield -- to get about 10 yards. It looked much like Jacquizz Rodgers did on that one play against ASU a couple of years ago.)

Malcolm Agnew
Storm Woods
Terron Ward
Jordan Jenkins
*Jovan Stevenson

Quarterbacks: (Mannion has thrown the deep pass with accuracy consistently all spring. His chemistry with Wheaton especially has been incredible, but he also seems to be on the same page with all of his receivers, which is a good sign this early into the year.)

Sean Mannion
Cody Vaz
Jack Lomax
Richie Harrington

Defensive Line ("Across the board, people are improved," declared Riley. "Rusty, Seumalo, Tuivailala, Lopez. They've all looked great at times."

Left Defensive End
Scott Crichton (Crichton was absent at a family function, but was still drawing attention from the media because of comments he made regarding marijuana use after Thursday's practice. )
Devon Kell
Rusty Fernando
Lavonte Barnett

Left Defensive Tackle
Mana Rosa
Joe Lopez
Brandon Bennett
*Castro Masaniai

Right Defensive Tackle
Andrew Seumalo
Desmond Collins
Mana Tuivailala
Noa Aluesi

Right Defensive End
Dylan Wynn ("I think Dylan Wynn has stepped up big time. He's bigger and he's playing very physical football," said Riley.)
Rudolf Fifita
John Braun
Na'Alii Robins
*Blake Harrah (Didn't participate)

Linebackers: (The linebackers continue to look fast. They still struggle with assignments at times, but they always fly to the football and have made plays this spring. And they definitely look improved overall as a unit.)

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

MIK Linebacker:
Feti Unga
Rueben Robinson
Josh Williams
Jaswha James
Kyle Gardner
Charlie Gilmur

WIL Linebacker:
Michael Doctor
Cade Cowdin
Shaydon Akuna
Zeke Sanders

Secondary: (The secondary was inconsistent. Poyer, Martin, and Murphy all had multiple pass breakups, but also got burned jumping routes on other plays. Aggressiveness is something that new secondary coach Rod Perry has stressed going into the fall. "He's known nationwide as a great DB technician and he has so much experience," said Riley. "He has such a large volume of knowledge that he's adapted here really well. I also think that he's a quality, quality mentor for these young players because he's such a great guy."

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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