NOTEBOOK: Riley talks Wheaton injury, play

MARKUS WHEATON AND STORM WOODS both look probable for this week if things unfold as planned over the course of the practice week, Mike Riley said Tuesday. As for the play that took Wheaton out of the game, the Beavs' head man had some definite thoughts on the subject.

"I think it was just a missed call," Riley said of the play that knocked his star receiver out of the game. "I think that play was what the rule was put in for… I think they just missed it."

Wheaton absorbed a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter of the loss against Washington. Replays showed him appearing to go limp before hitting the ground. No flag was thrown and Wheaton spent the rest of the game on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a concussion -- but he appeared lucid and engaged during the rest of the game when television cameras showed him.

Riley said one official involved in the play told him he was focusing on the resulting interception. Riley said he didn't get a chance to talk to the other official.

Riley also noted that he felt the officials in the Pac-12 do a good job for the most part.

Running back Storm Woods was held out of practice on Monday but plans to be ready to play on Saturday. He's dealing with a bone bruise, knee strain and sprained ankle.

RILEY WAS ASKED about what he'd like to see happen when an assistant coach leaves to take another job. He said the proper way to do it in his mind was for the head coach to call the other head coach at the outset. What often happens, Riley said, was that a level of interest is sought before any call is made between the head men.

Riley wasn't asked about or referring to the departure last year of OSU secondary coach Keith Heyward, who also played at Oregon State from 1997-2000, to Washington last year but was instead speaking about the process in general.

"I really don't worry about it too much," added Riley.

THE DECISION TO go with Cody Vaz over Sean Mannion this week had nothing to do with Mannion's health, Riley said.

And he didn't believe in retrospect that Mannion wasn't ready to go, physically or otherwise, last week.

Mannion was "cleared well in advance" 10 days before the UW game, said Riley.

"I thought he had good practices, and he's a very hard-working diligent..kind of guy," said Riley of Mannion. "He didn't miss that much time to really be rusty..I think the tangible things, the facts are he just made three really bad decisions."

Riley went on to say the bottom line was that Mannion made some decisions he'd like to have back and eventually in the UW game, Riley simply thought it was time for the change to Vaz.

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