CORVALLIS – Ready for a virtual black and orange stocking packed full of practice goodies? One the Beavs fourth day of bowl prep, the offense started rocky, but found their groove quick enough. The defense put forth a strong effort. Mike Riley shed light on some of the bumps and bruises, a D-lineman talks about the nuances of BSU's offense and more.
The Daily Riley/Injury Update
The media only got a brief dose of OSU head coach Mike Riley
, with intel on a pair of athletes who sat out of Tuesday's practice session.
Junior H-back Connor Hamlett
did not suit up for practice, the result of on-again-off-again knee issues.
"His knee is a little tight," Riley said. "He told me today he thought he was going to be fine, hopefully he practices tomorrow."
Senior receiver Micah Hatfield
sat out of Tuesday's practice session as well.
"He just banged his knee," Riley said. "He's okay."
Speaking of receivers, what about Kevin Cummings
"Cummings caught some balls today - actually looked pretty good," Riley said. "I was excited about that."
When asked how he felt about Cummings potentially getting a shot to close out his career at OSU with a win in the Hawaii Bowl, Riley just smiled.
"I would love it (if Cummings played)," Riley said. "He is such a great person, and a great part of this program. I'd just love it if he could play in the game.
"We'll just add a little bit to what he's doing every day, and then see where he is. We'll be careful with (his wrist) – I told him he's going to have to tell me in the end how he feels about playing."
Cummings has been cleared to play by the OSU medical staff.
Junior QB Sean Mannion had a solid day of practice, although there were a few hiccups. Toward the beginning of the day's activities, Mannion struggled with his accuracy on a few deeper throws, overthrowing junior receiver Brandin Cooks and sophomore tight end Kellen Clute on passes that are usually a guaranteed connection.
Mannion also muffed a snap on Tuesday, a rare sight from the veteran signal caller. However, Mannion kicked into a higher gear after that, and he was largely on point for the duration of practice.
Sophomore tight end Caleb Smith had a tough time making catches when tightly covered at first, but he too got sharper as the afternoon continued, and really showed up big during certain drills.
Freshman wideout and second string flanker Victor Bolden had a very strong day, with some tough grabs out in the pattern. His route running looked crisp and he had wide receivers coach Brent Brennan excited after one play where he ran a great route and made a tough catch in the end zone.
The Beavs offense spent the final 15 minutes or so working in the red zone Tuesday. The 1's and 2's on offense were pretty effective all-in-all. That said, the coaches twice had the 1's had to re-run certain plays that just weren't as well executed as they needed to be.
The first instance occurred when O-line coach Mike Cavanaugh wanted more from his starting front five and the second happened when offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf was not pleased with the end result. They got it right the second time around.
Freshman running back Chris Brown saw a handful of looks today with the starting offense. But I don't expect the youngster to suddenly get a bunch of playing time against Boise State as junior Terron Ward and sophomore Storm Woods still held the lion's share of the carries and backfield reps during practice.
Oregon State's starting defensive unit spent a good chunk of time working against the scout team mimicking certain parts of Boise State's offense. There were a few holes and defensive coordinator Mark Banker did not skimp on the repetitions his guys saw in attempt to pinpoint weaknesses and clog them up. For the most part, the 1's were successful and they were quick in getting to scout team QB Kyle Kempt and either forcing him to throw early or take a "sack."
Senior nickel corner Sean Martin put forth a good effort Tuesday, and made a few tough pass defenses look really easy. Junior safety Ryan Murphy and junior cornerback Steven Nelson also made for some excitement in pass defense drills, notching a good number of deflections between the two of them during practice.
The Beavs' starting defensive rotation also took time out to really zero in on other aspects of BSU's offense. For the most part, the unit was successful with a few exceptions.
Junior defensive tackle/nose tackle Siale Hautau saw ample reps on the starting D-line Tuesday, plugging holes alongside senior DT Mana Rosa. Combined, Hautau and Rosa got a consistently strong push on the interior of the scout team O-line, providing a lot of help against the run game and making Kempt move around in the pocket a bit.
Running with the 1's
QB – Sean Mannion
TB – Storm Woods/Terron Ward
FB – Tyler Anderson
H-Back – Kellen Clute/Tyler Perry
TE – Caleb Smith
LT- Michael Philipp
LG- Josh Andrews
C- Isaac Seumalo
RG- Grant Enger
RT- Sean Harlow
FL –Brandin Cooks
SE – Richard Mullaney
SB – Malik Gilmore
DE – Dylan Wynn
DT – Siale Hautau/Edwin Delva
DT – Mana Rosa
DE –Scott Crichton
WIL – Caleb Saulo
MIK – Rommel Mageo
SAM –Jabral Johnson
CB- Rashaad Reynolds
CB- Steven Nelson
CB-Sean Martin (Nickel)
FS – Tyrequek Zimmerman
SS – Ryan Murphy