OSU FALL CAMP DAY 6: Evening Practice report

CORVALLIS – The second of two Saturday practices by Oregon State was, as expected, a low key affair. Here's the rundown…

  • The special teams unit working under coordinator Bruce Read have and continue to look really strong as a whole.

    The evening session on Saturday saw Markus Wheaton, Jordan Poyer, Malcolm Marable and Terron Ward returning kicks.

  • Players that were sidelined during the first half of Saturday's double practice remained sans the jerseys and shells (no further details were forthcoming regarding Gavin Andrews or Caleb Smith, Mike Riley isn't available after practice on the evening sessions during two-a-days.)

  • Michael Doctor had a clean pick on an errant throw from Sean Mannion to Wheaton, and returned it 20 yards into the end zone.

  • One-on-ones did not take place during the latter half of practice – rather, the better portion of the evening was dedicated to 11-on-11 drills where the wide outs and defensive backs continued to bring the catches and excitement.

    Both units are looking really crisp at this stage of fall camp.

  • The Beavs practiced their red zone offensive/defensive packages for about 20 minutes and the offense was proficient at moving the ball around in the red zone.

  • The absence of Tyler Perry and Caleb Smith meant that redshirt freshman Kellen Clute and senior Colby Prince received the bulk of the looks at the tight end slot.

    They looked mostly solid, yet both dropped some easy passes over the middle.

  • Mannion shows signs of struggling on Saturday night in terms of adjusting to the speed differential between his wide outs and tight ends. He occasionally overthrew the tight ends by a stride or more, and sailed a few passes over his target's head in the red zone during both practices today.

  • The Beavs get a day off on Sunday -- and then go straight back to two-a-days on Monday.
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