CORVALLIS - Saturday was all about installation for OSU. The offense worked on some new plays, the D refined coverages and fronts. No pads at all on Saturday -- and the lack of crackin' shoulder pads gave the coaches time to zero in on individual players and dish out some coaching. Mike Riley offered a timeline for redshirt announcements, and the latest on two JUCO DL who still have not arrived...
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To Burn or Not to Burn?
is planning this weekend on talking to the freshman he wants to see play in 2013 -- he said he has hopes of revealing a couple of his redshirt decisions to the press come Monday – and BF.C will be there when he does and will let you know ASAP.
For the time being, here is a list of freshman that BF.C has picked up on as the strongest candidates for stints in the rotation for 2013 – Sean Harlow
(OL), Darrell Songy
(LB) Victor Bolden
(WR), Damien Haskins
(TB), Dashon Hunt
(CB), Justin Strong
(S) and Brandon Arnold
When asked for clarification as to whether or not the JUCO D-linemen duo of Kyle Peko
and Charles Tuaau
will make an appearance any time soon, Riley had no issue clearing the air…
"I'm not counting on them anymore at all," Riley said.
And there you go.
THE BEAVS DO HAVE
a new defensive tackle in Jalen Grimble
-- though he won't be eligible until 2014 after sitting out a year to comply with NCAA transfer rules.
The 6-2, 292-pounder come to OSU out of Miami and was rated a 5-star prospect in the 2011 class.
Grimble will use his redshirt year this season and be a fourth-year junior in '14 for the Beavs.
Practice Notes– Day 12
There was virtually no contact between the offense and defense today – no team drills, no 1-on-1's – it was basically as if football class was being held outdoors. It truly was perfect weather for some low-maintenance rehashing and a few new looks to get added to the playbook.
Brandin Cooks(WR), Hunter Jarmon(WR), Micah Hatfield(WR), J.C. Grim(WR), Walter Jones(WR), Malcolm Marable (CB), Isaac Seumalo (C), Will Hopkins (TE), Garrett Weinreich (OL), Steven Christian (CB) and D.J. Alexander (LB) were all inactive on Saturday.
It was mostly a mental break for the players and coaches on Saturday, but there were still some new items that needed to be installed. The focus of the offense was on some run formations as well as a couple aspects of the passing game. With five receivers out for the day, Obum Gwacham, Richard Mullaney, Bolden and Stevie Coury saw the bulk of the throws from Sean Mannion (1's), Cody Vaz (2's) and Brent Vanderveen (scout team).
Riley took a lot of time out to work with the offense on Saturday. When the TE's and quarterbacks were running together for some pass warm-ups, Riley added his two cents and gave the TE's some pointers on how to better sell a route against a defensive back. He spent a good majority of his day right in the offensive mix, watching plays and offering advice to players on how they can improve.
Defensively, the day was just as low key. Coaches Mark Banker, Trent Bray and Joe Seumalo focused on some of the younger players and the techniques required for certain pass rushes. The LB's and secondary worked together for roughly an hour on some very specific installments, while the D-line stepped to the side with Seumalo and talked trenches.
It's been clear Seumalo is pushing his d-line, even down to a simple arm shake to the left or right. He had his DT's run a series of penetration simulations and watched the hands, feet and upper body of his guys as they navigated would-be blockers. He then gave individual critiques and praise based on the performances, noting that Siale Hautau and Mana Rosa looked particularly good doing what he asked them to.
OSU hosted a massive slip-n-slide race for the team after practice culminated -- the two reigning champs of the race were Tyler Anderson and Storm Woods, from this chair.
Who gets the redshirt taken off this year, and why? The position battles at QB, split-end and corner have been going on for two weeks now – where do things stand? Will the defensive backs of OSU be the key to defensive success in 2013? BF.C will opine, add context and insights into what these past two weeks of football have actually meant for the Beavers as far as the big picture is concerned tomorrow. Look for the "What We've Learned" fall camp feature later on Sunday.
Running with the 1's – Day 12
QB – Sean Mannion
TB – Storm Woods
FB – Tyler Anderson
H-Back – Connor Hamlett
TE – Caleb Smith
LT- Michael Philipp
LG- Josh Andrews
C- Josh Mitchell
RG- Grant Enger
RT- Gavin Andrews
FL –Victor Bolden
SE – Obum Gwacham/Richard Mullaney
SB –Kevin Cummings
DE – Dylan Wynn
DT – John Braun
DT – Mana Rosa
DE –Scott Crichton
WIL –Jabral Johnson
MIK – Joel Skotte
SAM –Michael Doctor
CB- Rashaad Reynolds
CB- Steven Nelson
CB-Sean Martin (Nickel)
FS – Tyrequek Zimmerman
SS – Ryan Murphy