OSU NOTEBOOK: Riley, DeVan sound bites

CORVALLIS -- How is Connor Hamlett coming along in his blocking? What does Riley think of some big hits on Day 4? Oregon State head man Mike Riley and GA Kyle DeVan, in charge of the tight ends, weighed in on the day's events after practice...

Riley thinks his troops are ready to practice fully padded, considering the intensity the black and orange played with today.

"Oh yeah they are," Riley said Thursday.

"Actually, we can do almost everything we want to do just like this (with shells), so it's not a bad way to practice they have to learn how to do it. I'd rather avoid some of those collisions in the secondary."

Riley was referring to the hit on Tyler Perry by freshman safety Justin Strong, one that left the junior tight end flat on the artificial turf of Tommy Prothro Practice field for a spell.

"Those deals in space like that are scary – and they are also one of the key elements in what people are studying about penalties now, it would be interesting to see what might have been called right there."

RILEY SAID THERE was still no official word on both Kyle Peko and Charles Tuaau, JUCO D-linemen who were initially expected to have an impact during fall camp.

On another note, things have been running quite smoothly over in the tight end corps, where DeVan is seeking "perfection" from those under his employ.

"I really nitpick on the small things," DeVan said. "If you can take care of the small things, the big things will take care of themselves. We break everything down."

DEVAN HAS BEEN in charge of the tight end squadron for a little more than four months and since then, there has been an intensified focus on blocking and improving each player down to the minutest detail.

For example, Hamlett has some things to work on that deserve special attention…

"Connor is a very long-limbed person, so the things I teach (him) are going to be a little bit different than the things Kellen (Clute), Caleb (Smith) and Tyler (Perry) learn, because they are shorter than him," DeVan said. "Connor has to really work on his knee bend (because of his height)."


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