CORVALLIS - More Eastern Washington prep was in the cards as OSU's final two-a-day of fall camp also contained a bit of levity for the big bodies up front. The quarterbacks made the most of the session, though. Three wideouts made their marks in the BF.C notebook and with some veterans sitting out, a group of younger Beavs showed their skills as well as areas in need of improvement.
Sean Mannion capitalized on some good protection from his offensive line when he connected with Micah Hatfield and Victor Bolden on deep throws with touch. The one to Hatfield was brilliant, as Mannion dropped it just over the right shoulder of the sprinting senior who had just managed to beat double coverage some 30-40 yards down the field.
Cody Vaz found some success as well, with Bolden among his included targets. Vaz also connected with Obum Gwacham and Richard Mullaney on two neatly thrown balls. The quarterback duo of Mannion and Vaz divided reps with the 1's and 2's.
Hatfield saw time as a flanker with the starting offensive unit during the latter half of Wednesday's second session, filling in for Brandin Cooks. Walk on scout team receiver Blair Cavanaugh showed plenty of speed against the first and second string defenses when OSU participated in Eastern Washington preparations. Cavanaugh is versatile, and should give the starters some valuable looks while on the scout team. He's been a regular target of freshman QB Kyle Kempt these last few days, and has made some impressive blocks for a guy who stands at 5-9, 165-pounds.
Senior wideout Kevin Cummings extended what had been a very strong first session into the latter stages of Day 15 when he put up some good work down inside the 20-yard line. Cummings did have a few drops on the evening, but when he was on point, it was impressive. He was moving fast and creating separation from the man across from him.
Damien Haskins saw his reps increase Wednesday night as Storm Woods and Terron Ward both sat out, (Woods was also out of the first session with a tight hamstring). Haskins and fellow freshman Chris Brown handled all the first and second team reps with mixed results, and Haskins did lose the ball on one play. Haskins has struggled with ball control, and continues to work on improving his receiving skills.
For about 10 minutes in the middle of practice, the offensive line and defensive line switched sides – so to speak - and went head to head in the pit. Pass rushing offensive linemen routinely got the better of the defensive linemen trying to stop them from reaching an imaginary QB in the backfield.
Caleb Smith returned to action with the starting offensive squad Wednesday evening and ran some routes with the 1's.
The only D-lineman who didn't seem to budge when the tables were turned and the OL started ‘blitzing' was Scott Crichton. Twice, the athletic Crichton used some impressive hand movement and body position to keep pace with offensive linemen who had previously been using swim moves to dispatch the rest of his cohorts in the defensive line ranks. So yeah, there's not a lot the guy can't do.
Former LB-turned-DE Dyllon Mafi has shown he can be a speed demon on the outside edges. But the senior has also shown there are still humps to get over - not jumping the snap count and getting called for encroachment is one of them and Mafi got an early start again in the late session.
Sean Martin was icing a lower leg toward the beginning of practice, and he didn't see any additional action after that from what I could observe.
Defensive tackle Siale Hautau got dinged in the early session but looks to be a fast healer, his play was minimal with Seumalo's troops, but the fact he was out there wasn't something I would have predicted and he wasn't limping nearly as much as earlier in the day.
Walk on Naji Patrick had a heck of an interception as practice was winding down. In the end zone, Patrick tipped it and the ball bounced off the receiver's hands and back to Patrick who bobbled it once – twice – and finally reeled it in and it looked like he might have gotten a foot down in the end zone before the other hit the chalk.
Jalen Grimble got his first taste of OSU football life -- he was on the sideline and sporting No.74 Wednesday evening. Grimble will not be eligible to play until 2014, but he can practice with the Beavers. Grimble transferred from Miami and will be a fourth year junior next season.
Running with the 1's – Day 15, Session 2
QB – Cody Vaz/Sean Mannion
TB – Chris Brown/Damien Haskins
H-Back – Connor Hamlett
TE – Caleb Smith
LT- Michael Philipp
LG- Josh Andrews
C- Josh Mitchell
RG- Grant Enger
RT- Gavin Andrews
FL –Micah Hatfield, Victor Bolden
SE – Obum Gwacham/Richard Mullaney
SB –Kevin Cummings