OSU Spring Ball Day 4: A case of the drops

CORVALLIS – The second day in shoulder pads this spring saw the Oregon State offensive line open up some holes against their defensive counterparts. But it was anything but smooth sailing in some other areas on offense.

There were lots of dropped balls today, significantly more than I've seen in the previous three practices.

The O-line looked good today in the run game, opening up holes and securing the corners for runners -- all much to the dismay of d-line coach Joe Seumalo.

LT Bobby Keenan showed good footwork and was able to consistently block the end, even when defenders got upfield quickly.

Keenan also showed an ability to get good push on the D-line during run blocking.

Right guard Grant Bays was getting pushed around a little (often by DT Siale Hautau
in both team and special teams work) and looked to be weakest member of the ones, but I wouldn't go as far as saying he didn't look good on the day overall.

AT RUNNING BACK, Storm Woods and Terron Ward continue to split time with the ones with Woods getting the first carries.

The wide receivers had some trouble with proper ball handling during the ball security drill, drawing the ire of coaches. There were no dropped balls in this drill, but every receiver held the ball too low.

The running backs did better with proper holding technique, but there was a dropped ball by fullback Tyler Anderson when he started towards ‘the gauntlet' before fully catching the ball.

It was a mixed bag for the passers. All the quarterbacks were off a bit on their long and medium-range passes.

Sean Mannion and Brent Vanderveen tended to overthrow receivers.

Luke Del Rio and Kyle Kempt tended to underthrow receivers.

But flanker Victor Bolden had an impressive diving catch on an overthrown long ball from Mannion.

Backup flanker Walter Jones had a shot at making a similar play, but just wasn't able to get under the ball as it sailed out of his reach.

During 11-on-11 drills (minus DT), safety Tyrequek Zimmerman showed nice positioning and form while sniffing out a Bolden fly sweep.

Malik Gilmore, as he did Friday, practiced with the ones in the slot when the Beavs were running three wide receiver sets.

OTHER PRACTICE OBSERVATIONS:
Blair Cavanaugh, all 5-9, 180-pounds of him, spent some time practicing with the tight ends during ball security drill, but this looked to be the result of trying to keep group numbers even than anything else. He was shortly thereafter back with the receivers for the rest of practice.

• Safety Ryan Murphy was wearing the helmet cam today.

• Out of action today were Isaac Seumalo, Josh Mitchell, and Stevie Coury.

• The Beavs were mainly outside today where the clouds stuck around until the end of practice.

Running with the 1s

OFFENSE
QB - Sean Mannion
RB - Storm Woods/Terron Ward
SE - Richard Mullaney
FL - Victor Bolden
TE – Connor Hamlett and Caleb Smith
LT - Bobby Keenan
LG - Sean Harlow
C - Roman Sapolu
RG Grant Bays
RT Gavin Andrews

DEFENSE
LCB - Steven Nelson
RCB - Larry Scott
OLB - Michael Doctor
MLB - Jabral Johnson
OLB - D.J. Alexander
SS - Tyrequek Zimmerman
FS - Ryan Murphy
RE - Dylan Wynn
RDT - Edwin Delva
LDT - Siale Hautau
LE - Jaswha James

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