OSU Spring Ball Day 1

CORVALLIS – Oregon State kicked off the first day of spring drills with some work on special teams before moving into offensive and defensive drills. The Beav receivers helped the quarterbacks out on a number of occasions and although it was a helmets-only session, Sean Harlow and Bobby Keenan were making it a point to cover a lot of ground.

The practice began with special teams and warm-ups. From there, the Beavs moved into offensive position drills and stayed separate save for some special teams line work.

  • They were indoors all day except for the D-lineman going outside for a little while to work with the blocking sleds.

    • The first team offensive line on Day 1: LT Bobby Keenan, LG Sean Harlow, C Roman Sapolu, RG Grant Bays, RT Gavin Andrews.

    • At corner and as expected, Larry Scott practiced opposite Steven Nelson with the 1's.

  • There were no 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills, the offense and defense stayed separated for the entirety of practice (outside of special team work at the start of the day.) A few other early practice things that stood out to me:

  • You can't make any sweeping conclusions about the play in the trenches from a helmets-only practice but the left side of the offensive line, Keenan and Harlow, impressed me with their range and athleticism.

  • On defense, I noticed defensive end Dylan Wynn taking the time to help out some of the younger lineman with their technique.

  • The Beavs' new offensive coordinator (John Garrett) seemed to be fitting in well (had a good rapport with the players) and I saw him giving individual advice to at least one player from each offensive position group.

    • Flanker Victor Bolden couldn't haul in a low-and-behind toss.

    • Split end Kendall Hill had some trouble in drills with passes that led him lower, bobbling a few of his opportunities.

    J.C. Grim, also at split end, had a nice grab on a ball thrown high and behind him.

  • The Beaver D practiced position drills, and formation shifts, (accounting for moving receivers)

  • On offense, the Beavs practiced sets and position drills

    Storm Woods got the first carry

    • Bolden got first fly sweep

    • OSU coaches, particularly new offensive coordinator, stressed holding the ball in proper position and how to take hits.

    MORE PRACTICE NOTES:
    • During sets, tight end Kellen Clute was looking upfield before the catch which resulting in a drop on a ball thrown a little behind him.

    • Slotback Hunter Jarmon made a nice leaping catch on an overthrown pass.

    Sean Mannion, Brent Vanderveen, Kyle Kempt and Luke Del Rio collectively were leading receivers a bit too much, especially on long balls.

    • But they also tightened that up as practice went on.

    • Bolden and flanker Walter Hones were the primary receivers working the fly sweeps.

  • There was a botched handoff between Vanderveen and Jones on their first transfer.

    • The offense finished up with practicing sets against a shadow D (offensive players only)

    • Left guard Sean Harlow showed some good hustle and it was noted by the coaches. He didn't just get to the second level, there were plays he was getting 20-yard downfield.

    • Bobby Keenan, whom Mike Riley is hoping can show he's ready to lock down the left tackle job, was also getting downfield a lot.

    • Sitting out the day were Connor Hamlett, Isaac Seumalo, Josh Mitchell and Steve Coury.

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