CORVALLIS – A solid secondary performance, a defensive frenzy and a certain amount of specific drills characterized Wednesday's practice at Oregon State. The starting Beaver defense kept things interesting, and the No. 1 offense performed well in their red zone work. Also, you can scratch one guy off the dinged, battered and/or bruised list.
Practice Notes Offense
Junior fullback Tyler Anderson was back to cracking a few pads on Wednesday, and Mike Riley said he will be ready to go for Saturday. Anderson had a good day and looked ready. Second-string fullback and redshirt freshman Ricky Ortiz saw a handful of looks.
The running game for the Beavs looked sharp overall.
Tight end Caleb Smith seemed a little antsy on one play, During drills, Smith looked a little uncertain running a certain pattern. Riley called out to him that he just needed to be patient. Smith acknowledged Riley, and the sophomore's patience eventually paid off as things went crisply for the tight end from then on out.
With Connor Hamlett, Mike Riley estimates, out until at least the USC game on Nov. 1, junior Tyler Perry, sophomore Kellen Clute and Smith were all in the mix Wednesday and in a variety of ways.
The Beaver secondary started off with a fistful of interceptions against the scout team offense. The pick-fest tapered off for a bit as the defense ran skelly drills and focused on prepping against a series of scout team running backs that were simulating the bruising nature seen this season from the Stanford ground attack.
Senior corner Sean Martin had a great read and interception off of freshman QB Kyle Kempt as practice was winding down, briefly reigniting the pick-happy Beaver secondary.
With about an hour remaining in practice, the OSU defense started working their butts off on two of the things the Beavs think they'll see from Stanford, which we won't recount here. Mistakes and miscues were minimal, and for the most part the defense succeeded in halting the scout team.
Part of that success should be attributed to a healthy rotation of D-linemen, and Mark Banker and Joe Seumalo over the years have shown how much they love to rotate, if they can. Juniors Edwin Delva and Siale Hautau and sophomore Brandon Bennett were among those who had productive days. John Braun remained on the sideline. D-line coach Joe Seumalo said Tuesday he expects Braun to be ready for Stanford. And it wouldn't be a surprise if he was, with veterans at this stage of the yeat sometimes practicing little to heal up as much as possible but still playing on Saturday. We'll see.
The stop corps also practiced some interesting new looks. It will be interesting after the game on Saturday to see how they all played out.