CORVALLIS–The second half of Wednesday's practice sessions were mostly about installation, and working on varying new packages and looks. An injured corner said hello again to the action, along with a key O-lineman. On the other end of the spectrum, a young WR saw his session end early after hurting a knee. Other than that, it was steady as she goes for OSU at the culmination of Day 9, Session 2.
A lot of what OSU worked on Wednesday night had a fresh feel to it. The offense practiced a couple sweet routes with some of the younger guys, and the running backs when they weren't in pass-pro, got more attention in the passing game.
The defense squared off against the offense Wednesday evening sporting some intriguing looks. We won't give away anything and will only note the OSU coaches have said that with so many programs in the Pac-12 running three-wide and spread sets with ever-increasing regularity, some changes in the defensive schemes for OSU are likely.
We're anxious to see if the Beavs go to some of what they worked on Wednesday night in non-conference games -- or if they wait until Pac-12 play. We suspect it will be the latter.
It's a whole heck of a lot different from the norm when it comes to OSU's defensive playbook.
Practice Notes Day 9, Session 2 The Stuff You Need To Know
Josh Andrews was back and running with the starting offensive line unit during the latter portion of Day 9. He seemed to favor his elbow a bit, but he moved well and blocked like he was supposed to otherwise. No pain, no gain, I suppose, and Andrews is one tough guy.
Freshman wideout Victor Bolden was shut down after contact with Sean Martin left him rolling on the ground holding his right knee. Bolden was putting weight on the knee and made his way to the sideline, where a member of the training staff wrapped and iced the knee, telling him to sit for 20 minutes, after which the youngster limped off the field. The injury doid not appear serious, but I wouldn't be surprised if Bolden was a non-participant in Thursdays practice for precautionary reasons – that's almost always the way these things go with the Beavs erring on the side of caution in camp and in practice.
Obum Gwacham did some damage in the aerial game, earning the praise of WRs coach Brent Brennan on certain plays and showcasing some consistency and strength with his hands.
Senior receiver Micah Hatfield took the opportunity to pay some individual attention to freshman Walter Jones on Wednesday. Hatfield has been out for the last few days with an injured hamstring, but he is finding a constructive way to spend his time on the in active list – he was schooling some of the young blood on the fundamentals of being a solid receiver. If you are a coach, you must love to see that.
OL Garret Weinreich remained on the sidelines tonight, presumably to give his knees a break before starting to ease his way back in.
The second session of Day 9 solidified a notion that has been swirling around my football saturated brain for a day or two now – Ryan Murphy may very well be the ball-hawk of the 2013 Beavs. The junior grabbed another interception Wednesday night during skelly drills with the offense.
Linebacker-turned-defensive end Dyllon Mafi managed to get a positive rise out of Joe Seumalo about halfway through practice when the senior put on a stellar move against an offensive linemen trying in vain to keep Mafi in front of him.
Junior cornerback Steven Nelson, who has had a great camp, was beat a few times during 1-on-1 drills Wednesday night. He still has a tendency to lock eyes on his assignment until the last second, before finally looking for the ball -- and he'll occasionally come up second place to the hands of a more attentive wideout. This is a hard habit to shake, especially for an incoming junior college corner, but Nelson has made such strides since the spring, it's certainly something that can see improvement by the end of fall camp.
DT Edwin Delva got his hands up a bit more Wednesday and managed to bat a pass down at the line. Delva was a fixture for the Beavs up front on the evening.
I forgot to mention during today's initial practice report that freshman ‘backer Michael Greer sat out of practice for the whole of Day 9 (afternoon and evening sessions). Now you know. Also, when the RB's, FB's and TE's faced off against the LB's in short yardage1-on-1 drills earlier in the day, Trent Bray's linebackers kinda got their lunch handed to them by some of the slicker offensive weapons like Ward and Caleb Smith.
D.J. Alexander was on the field with one crutch and a brace on his right knee. Oregon State has not released a diagnosis or timetable as of yet – not unusual as Riley doesn't talk to the media after the evening sessions. Jabral Johnson again filled in at the WIL for Alexander on the 1s.