PRACTICE: Mannion in a groove; D eyes SDSU

CORVALLIS – Oregon State's second practice ahead of Saturday's contest at San Diego State looked solid. But what's the story on the RBs? The D got both good and bad news on the injury front. Mike Riley talked SDSU in the media huddle, and shed light on where D.J. Alexander is at after his first game. The O-line barreled ahead despite the ongoing injured, and Sean Mannion was in a groove.

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Mike Riley has high hopes for his team heading into their second straight road game.

"Well, you hope you grow from every experience, and you hope (the players) realize how hard it is (to win on the road), and get ready to go again," Riley said Tuesday. "If you use your experiences and realize that (winning) is possible and approach (a game) the right way, it's helpful."

Preparation for an away game goes both ways obviously and Riley and his staff are already deep into film analysis of the Aztecs.

"I know Rocky Long has always got good football teams, they are always well-coached, well-prepared and play hard."

It will be linebacker D.J. Alexander's second straight start on the road after a tough defensive battle against Travis Wilson and Utah last weekend. BF.C asked Riley if a hard fought victory on the road will help Alexander this week. "I think it is all confidence," Riley said. "When you've been injured and come back and you play - find out everything is okay - you feel better about it the next time."

Practice Notes
  • Grant Enger, Justin Addie and Gavin Andrews were the inactive members of the OSU offensive line. This being noted, the starting lineup for the Beaver blockers remained the same Tuesday as it was against Utah, with Josh Mitchell at center, Grant Bays at right guard, Isaac Seumalo holding down the edge at right tackle, with Michael Philipp at left tackle and Josh Andrews at left guard. On the whole, pass and run blocking by the first team O-line was sharp in practice, and Sean Mannion mostly had plenty of time to toss the ball.

  • With Storm Woods out for the week due to a concussion he suffered at Utah, Terron Ward as expected was the first string running back. Behind Ward was freshman Chris Brown – he was seeing more reps now that he is considered healthy enough to practice. Brown had incurred a foot injury late in fall camp but looks to be fully healed. If Brown gets a few touches Saturday, it will be the first time he has seen live action as a Beaver, having redshirted in 2012.

  • Tailback Jovan Stevenson's looks came with the scout team on Tuesday, where he managed to give the starting defense a run for their money on a few plays.

  • Mannion was clicking with Oregon State's wideouts and tight ends with ease, connecting with the likes of Caleb Smith, Connor Hamlett and Brandin Cooks on a variety of pass plays. Smith had some really nice grabs on the afternoon, as did sophomore split-end Richard Mullaney.

  • Junior defensive tackle Siale Hautau was injured during OSU's bout with the Utes, and he remained a bystander for all of Tuesday's practice. Fellow junior DT Edwin Delva also hurt in Salt Lake, but was back and running with the 2's in practice.

  • Darrell Songy was also back with the second team defensive rotation on Tuesday after being waylaid due to concussion symptoms last week. He shared repetitions with Caleb Saulo and recently converted ‘backer Cyril Noland.

  • Fifth year senior and second string safety Steven Christian got a chance at some first team reps behind Tyrequek Zimmerman. Zimmerman is involved in certain substitution packages as part of Rod Perry and Mark Bankers defensive strategy. Micah Audiss is also in the mix in these situations, especially now that Noland has been integrated into the ‘backer unit.

  • OSU's scout team offense threw some very interesting looks the way of the first and second team defenders during practice. For the most part, the front seven on D managed to contain them. A few tight passes form Kyle Kempt infiltrated the coverage but tipped passes outweighed completions with Steven Nelson and Rashaad Reynolds leading the way. Sean Martin appears to still be riding the high of his pick-six in Utah, and the senior had some very stout coverage of scout team receivers Tuesday.

    Running with the 1's
    QB – Sean Mannion
    TB – Terron Ward
    FB – Tyler Anderson
    H-Back – Connor Hamlett
    TE – Caleb Smith
    LT- Michael Philipp
    LG- Josh Andrews
    C- Josh Mitchell
    RG- Grant Bays
    RT- Grant Enger
    FL –Brandin Cooks
    SE – Richard Mullaney
    SB –Kevin Cummings

    Defense DE – Dylan Wynn
    DT – John Braun
    DT – Mana Rosa
    DE –Scott Crichton
    WIL –Jabral Johnson/D.J. Alexander
    MIK – Joel Skotte
    SAM –D.J. Alexander/Jabral Johnson
    CB- Rashaad Reynolds
    CB- Steven Nelson
    CB-Sean Martin (Nickel)
    FS – Tyrequek Zimmerman/Steven Christian
    SS – Ryan Murphy

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