CORVALLIS – It was another evening of red zone drills on both sides of the pigskin on Friday, and the offense came out on top. Two running backs saw some extra action and impressed the offensive sideline. A few key members of the offensive and defensive squads took a breather and more. Take a peek inside for the rundown on the second practice of the day...
Practice Notes – Day 11 Session 2
What You Need to Know Offense
Brent Brennan's wide receivers completely overwhelmed the pass defense in the red zone on Friday night. It seemed like every other pass was a touchdown, and whether or not they were flying from the hand of Cody Vaz or Sean Mannion mattered little -- Kevin Cummings, Obum Gwacham, Walter Jones and Victor Bolden took care of business and even on some balls that were off target.
Sean Mannion started with the 1's, Cody Vaz with the 2's. Mannion's throws were a bit more accurate, and he had more success tossing to receivers in the end zone. Vaz managed to throw with a little more finesse to the corner of the end zone, but stayed in the pocket a long time. On the whole, Mannion put together a better evening but neither was scintillating and the difference between the two was not that great.
Fullback Tyler Anderson scored a TD on Friday night via the airwaves. OSU has a number of good receiving targets, and maybe Anderson will develop into one more.
Freshman tailback Damien Haskins (5-8, 223) showed some grist with the scout team Friday night. Haskins was making a bee line for the pylons but sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Bennett (6-3, 285) got in his way with about five yards between him and the chalk – Haskins lowered a shoulder and belted Bennett hard enough it knocked the DT back with a look of surprise on his face. Haskins bounced right off of him and continued to push for yardage.
True freshman receiver Hunter Jarmon was injured on a play where he leapt high for a pass, the ball slipped from his grasp and he lost balance mid-leap. Jarmon came down hard on his side and struggled to get off the field afterward. He sat out the rest of practice and was walking gingerly when he made his way to the final huddle.
Senior guard Josh Andrews and Grant Enger put in a solid nights worth of blocking during team drills and individual trench skirmishes between the offense and defense.
Connor Hamlett reappeared as an active member of the OSU offensive unit after sitting out for the first half of Friday's practice schedule.
Dylan Wynn and Bennett may not have exploded during 11-on-11's, but when the team switched over to the trench scenarios, these two definitely stood out. On one play, Wynn was past two separate blockers before the duo could even get into position. On another play, Bennett nearly lifted Roman Sapolu off of his feet and tosses him to the turf before rumbling into the backfield.
Redshirt freshman safety Cyril Noland almost grasped an interception in the red zone Friday night, but the throw was far too fast for him, bouncing off of his hands and to the turf. The pass deflection was only one reason Noland stood out on the night. He was one of the few consistent defenders among the defensive backs, who overall had a tough evening guarding the red zone.
Sophomore corner Larry Scott defended the red zone with mixed results. He had an interception during the first 1-on-1 drill of the evening, and a few missed opportunities against Gwacham and Cummings when he was defending the corner of the red zone. Still, Scott did manage to shut Richard Mullaney down for part of the evening.
Sophomore MIK ‘backer Joel Skotte saw a lot of work. Skotte had struggled to make reads against the pass attack but he batted a few balls away on the evening and chased down some running plays – a good read and react night for him. He also made a big stop in the red zone against the 1's rushing attack.
CB Rashaad Reynolds notched an interception on the evening but like most on Friday was off and on in the red zone. Safety Zack Robinson put forth a good effort when trying to keep the swirling mass of white jerseys at bay during the second half of Day 11.