OSU FALL CAMP DAY 4: Offensive report

CORVALLIS – Day Four was all about big hits, nice hands and plain old good football on both sides. Thursday's notes include an update on a player who appeared to be shaken up during the latter half of practice. Some young receivers showed some skills, and the split-end battle warmed up.

*Injury Note – Kevin Cummings tweaked a leg today. Mike Riley mentioned that it was not very serious and had something to do with a hamstring, but the prognosis is that he will return soon unscathed, pending the go-ahead from the training staff.

*Siale Hautau was limited on the day. The on again/off again defensive weapon was kept minimal because the training staff does not want him to further aggravate his foot unnecessarily.

Practice Notes – Day 4
Offense


.Tailback Storm Woods took one to the house toward the end of practice. On a run play, he got great position on the starting defense and was aided by some solid blocking. The sophomore seemed to coast right into the secondary, where he turned on the jets and it was all pylons from there.

.Senior quarterback Cody Vaz got a lot of time in with the 1's on Thursday. He had scattered accuracy and was noticeably tentative in the pocket, leading to him tossing a pick the way of junior starting safety Ryan Murphy (returned for a short gain). Vaz also overthroEw Brandin Cooks on a play.

.His counterpart, junior QB Sean Mannion, played well. Week One has certainly not been an intense point of contention for the signal caller position. Mannion is running the plays he is supposed to, going through his reads fairly swiftly, and throwing for about par as far as accuracy vs. inaccuracy is concerned. From this chair, Vaz is in a similar boat – except Vaz delays in the pocket a bit too much.

Neither Mannion, nor Vaz have made striking progress lately – really looks like they are both just going through their reps and getting the job done. But Vaz might have a slight edge in consistency, as mentioned yesterday. Youngster Kyle Kempt appears quite promising for a new recruit.

.Early into Day 4, the tight end, fullback and tailback units ran some short yardage scenarios against the linebacker unit and had a wholly positive go of the session. Tyler Anderson, Tyler Perry, Terron Ward provided consistent targets, and Woods was strong as usual.

.During the aforementioned routine, Caleb Smith burned Michael Doctor on a route. Boy I tell you, Smith is slicker than oil. He has some great speed and good hands. Provided he keeps up like this for the rest of fall camp, he could really pester opposing defenses.

.Freshman tailback Damien Haskins did not have his best showing when the LB's got involved. He had a difficult time shaking his cover and offering a target consistently. He also had a few dropped passes. This isn't necessarily good or bad – he is a young player and time will tell what his true strengths and weaknesses are.

.Richard Mullaney was a favorite target of Vaz on Thursday. Mullaney shared time at split end with Obum Gwacham and had a positive Day 4. It has been said before – Mullaney has sticky hands. Well, he is certainly living up to that reputation.

.Gwacham was hit and miss. He is showing a knack for using his sheer athleticism benefit his performance in the open field. One thing is for sure, Gwacham has hops and is becoming a natural target without having to rely strictly on the lines in the playbook. He had a couple nice leaping grabs today, and his hands were above average. But he drew the ire of receivers coach Brent Brennan on more than one play as well, a sign that there is work to be done on the 6-5, 224-pound wideout.

.Cooks looked great, as in wow. Just wow. This guy was a steal.

.Victor Bolden saw some time on the 2's Thursday afternoon. The freshman made a handful of good plays on the day. Actually, Bolden, Hunter Jarmon, Walter Jones and Jordan Villamin all had pretty impressive days. The 2013 class of wideouts could be quite the doozy down the road.

.Kellen Clute (TE) had a fantastic grab during 11-on-11's. The reception came against double coverage and was a big gainer. The sophomore is starting to blossom as a receiving threat, and it was a catch that made Kyle Devan, Graduate Assistant to the tight ends, a very happy man.

.Malik Gilmore and Chris Brown both got yelled at by Brennan and RB's coach Chris Brasfield and on the same play no less. Gilmore was struggling to find his place prior to the snap, and Brown had a miscue that made Brasfield a bit discouraged. Brasfield isn't a yeller, so when he does let one rip it is quite noticeable.

.O-lineman Grant Bays showed up big in the trenches on Day 4, along with Isaac Seumalo and glimpses of potential from walk-on lineman Austin Johnson.

.This starting offensive line could be hard to beat. Grant Enger and Josh Andrews are solid at the guard position, and Michael Philipp is consistently powerful at left tackle. Gavin Andrews has come into his own aggressive style of play and is getting much lower into his blocks.

.Philipp did struggle a bit against DE Dylan Wynn in the trenches on Thursday, namely during 1-on-1's that pit the beef of both the offense and defense against each other. Wynn's technique is a step above some of his cohorts on the DL, and he sped around Philipp on one occasion.

Running with the 1's – Day Four
Offense
QB – Cody Vaz/Sean Mannion
TB – Storm Woods
FB – Tyler Anderson
LT- Michael Philipp
LG- Josh Andrews
C- Isaac Seumalo
RG- Grant Enger
RT- Gavin Andrews
FL –Brandin Cooks
SE – Richard Mullaney/Obum Gwacham
SB – Kevin Cummings/Malik Gilmore


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