What to expect in the Spring Game

OREGON STATE WILL conclude their spring session on Friday night -- the Spring Game kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks. What can fans expect to see when the Beavs strap on the shoulder pads for the last time until fall camp?

A lot of youth.

First though, it should be noted the festivities get underway three hours before the game itself.

Oregon State's Fan Fair begins at 4 p.m. at Parker Plaza and includes the annual team autograph session, from 4:45 - 5:45.

Also on the schedule -- inflatable games, fan photo opportunities with the new football uniforms, performances by the OSU dance and cheer teams, food and beverage samples provided by Qdoba, Pizza Pipeline and Pepsi, a beer garden in the stadium's concourse, plus posters, schedule cards and ReBeaved stickers.

The game itself will be more of a controlled scrimmage -- Riley plans to play many of his veterans sparingly and not expose them to injury. Brandin Cooks, for example, might get 10 plays at most, Riley has said.

The plan at QB is to see Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz split reps tonight. The spring has not produced a starting quarterback, with that decision likely not coming until sometime in August during fall camp.

There seem to be few position battles this spring but one that has been going at full picth lately is at middle linebacker. Joel Skotte leads but Jaswha James and Josh Williams are nipping at his heels. It should be a good spot to keep an eye on Friday.

There will likely be an emphasis on special teams work - not all of it with live tackling.

Play is expected to rotate between the 1s vs. the 1s, 2s vs. the 2s, and then the bulk of the action is expected to be a combination between the first, second and third-teams, with the emphasis being on the youth.

A number of Beav players are sidelined and not expected to play, including Tyrequek Zimmerman, Scott Crichton, D.J. Alexander, Siale Hautau, Kendall Hill, Storm Woods, David Keller, Trevor Romaine, Garrett Weinrich, Richard Mullaney and Tyler Anderson.

Isaac Seumalo and others who have been limited this spring may also be held out or at the least, see very brief work.

BF.C will be have our full report from the Spring Game later tonight.

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