SPRING BALL DAY 13: O-Line gets it going

CORVALLIS -- Players wore full pads on Day 13, the second to last practice before Saturday's spring game. The offensive line performed noticeably better, especially in pass protection.

The passing game was also sharp, with Wheaton and Cooks showing just how lethal of a tandem the two can be, scoring on deep receptions.

For the second consecutive practice since his return from a family matter, Mike Riley was fired up and demanding of his young team.

"Sometimes when the sun comes out guys get a little too relaxed so I try to keep everyone focused," said Riley. "It was a good practice overall, though. We got a lot accomplished today."

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
4:45 7-on-7

Depth Chart, with Day 12 practice notes

Offensive Line (The offensive line looked substantially better in pass protection, something that the unit has struggled with as a whole so far this spring. The run game was inconsistent, but overall a very good practice for an injury riddled unit that began the spring with but eight healthy bodies.)

Left Tackle:
Justin Addie
Colin Kelly

Left Guard:
Josh Andrews

Center:
Roman Sapolu
Jake Welch

Right Guard:
Mike Beaton
David Vieru

Right Tackle:
Michael Philipp
Derek Nielsen

Wide Receivers (Wheaton and Cooks look to have established that they will be focal points of the offense at this point. Wheaton is by far the most complete receiver and Cooks has rare big play ability. Riley is still high on Gwacham who has looked better and better as the spring has progressed and could see some serious playing team, especially if Bishop has trouble staying on the field, and has also had words of praise for Mullaney.)

Flanker:
Brandin Cooks
Micah Hatfield (Hatfield has missed some practice time with a concussion, but has been consistent. He runs solid routes and is sure handed. If people get hurt or circumstances arise he could be a sleeper for playing time at some point.)

Split End:
Markus Wheaton
Richard Mullaney
Geno Munoz (Out with concussion like symptoms)
Jeff Bedbury

Slotback:
Obum Gwacham (His size and athletic ability is undeniable and if he continues to learn the offense it's no secret that Riley would love to get him on the field more and more.)
Kevin Cummings
Mitch Singler
Kramer Ferrell
*Jordan Bishop

Tight Ends/H Backs (Prince is probably still the starter at this point because of experience, but this is one of the most wide open positions, in addition to the offensive line and running backs. Only time will tell who will win the starting role.)

Colby Prince
Connor Hamlett (Got the biggest reaction of the day from the fans and his fellow teammates after laying out cornerback Sean Martin after catching a pass over the middle en route to the end zone.)
Tyler Perry (Out with concussion like symptoms and is expected to miss the spring game.)
Kellen Clute
Caleb Smith

Running Backs: (A lot has been said about Agnew and Woods but Terron Ward has probably been the most consistent this spring. Still, Woods has turned heads with some spectacular runs in limited time. Agnew has shown flashes of what he did last year in the opener but a brief sidelining earlier this spring due to a hammy wasn't what anyone wanted to see. Jenkins and Stevenson are solid in their own right.)

Malcolm Agnew
Storm Woods
Terron Ward
Jordan Jenkins
*Jovan Stevenson

Quarterbacks: (Mannion was accurate and displayed perhaps the most confidence he's shown all spring. This spring, he generally hook up deep with Wheaton at least once and usually 2-3 times a practice and has been developing good chemistry with Cooks. He seems to be getting through progressions faster, which is a good sign because of Riley's complex pro-style offense.)

Sean Mannion
Cody Vaz
Jack Lomax
Richie Harrington

Defensive Line (Had trouble generating pressure on Tuesday, something they had been doing with ease for most of spring practice. But the group defended the run pretty well.)

Left Defensive End
Scott Crichton
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
Rudolf Fifita
John Braun
Na'Alii Robins
*Blake Harrah

Linebackers: (Welch was out with a hamstring pull for the second straight practice, but Johnson was solid filling his place and Doctor continues to impress with his speed. Cowdin also got a couple of looks at SAM because of Welch's absence and looked fairly comfortable. Chances are he won't play that position at all once fall arrives, however.)

SAM Linebacker
D.J. Welch (Sat out practice with a pulled hamstring. It's unclear whether or not he'll participate in the spring game.)
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: (Despite a good practice from the offense, the secondary had its fair share of moments as well. Poyer and Murphy have been outstanding all spring, and Zimmerman continues to step up as of late making plays while Watkins is out with injury.)

Left Cornerback:
Jordan Poyer
Keynan Parker
*Larry Scott

Safety:
Ryan Murphy (Murphy has been spectacular all spring. He's shown ball hawking skills that weren't as obvious last year. He could very well have a breakout performer for the Beavers this year.)
Peter Ashton

Safety:
Tyrequek Zimmerman
*Anthony Watkins
Micah Audiss

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

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