Day 6: OL movement, while D kicking some tail

CORVALLIS – The early session on Day 6 at the Beavers’ fall camp featured a heavy dosage of solid defense. In the full team drills, DE Dylan Wynn and DTs Jalen Grimble and Siale Hautau were all too much for the offensive line to handle. They pressured the quarterbacks often and several run plays went nowhere. But …

Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh noted that this isn’t necessarily a bad omen this early in camp.

“The defense is way ahead of us,” Cavanaugh said. “They’re kicking our ass right now, but that’s kind of typical. If they weren’t, I’d be really worried.”

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So when the defensive line repeatedly busts through the offensive line like they did today, Cavanaugh isn’t putting too much stock into it yet.

“We’re a work in progress like every year, obviously. We’re trying to find the best five guys in the right spots, and we’re working really hard on technique. Love the guys’ attitudes, great work ethic, toughness, but we’ve just got to keep working.”

In the past two days, Gavin Andrews has switched from right tackle to left tackle, and Dustin Stanton has moved from left to right. (I missed that in yesterday’s report.)

Cavanaugh explained that “I think Gavin Andrews is our best tackle, so it makes sense to have him protecting Mannion’s left side.”

Sean Mannion, being a right-handed quarterback, is of course blind to the left side of his line, so whoever is in at that left tackle spot needs to be extremely reliable.

Another change up front is that sophomore lineman Garrett Weinreich took most of the first-team reps at left guard, with Sean Harlow moving to right guard and Josh Mitchell taking reps at center.

“Garrett Weinreich has been having a very good camp. He took some of the first team reps at left guard, and I think his confidence is back. He came off that bad knee injury and it took him a while to rehab, and just the mental part of it to overcome that, he’s had a nice camp so far.”

Weinreich tore his ACL in August of 2012, and missed the entire season. Last year, Weinreich played four games on the special teams unit while he continued rehabbing for much of the season. His tenacity in camp so far has him practicing with the first team on Mannion’s left side, so he may be in line to return to the field in a big way this season.

More players weren’t practicing today. D.J. Alexander and Victor Bolden were hurt in practice yesterday. Bolden’s hamstring tweak doesn’t look too bad, his limp was barely detectable, but Alexander’s might be a little more serious.

Connor Hamlett said he feels 100 percent after bruising his left foot and his right knee. He had X-rays and told reporters that there was no structural damage to either limb. He was a light participant in practice today.

Rahmel Dockery sat today out entirely. He complained of a headache last night and was kept out as a precaution.

Running back Damien Haskins continues his return from a knee scope, and he participated in individual drills today.

Offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo is still in a walking boot, and he goes in for a progress report August 19.

Today, as usual, began with the special teams unit getting the first look at the field. There wasn’t as much to report as there has been on Saturday, although placekicker Trevor Romaine got to attempt a 55-yarder from the right hash marks. The ball struck the left upright but still snuck over the crossbar for a successful attempt.

In the skeleton drills, Mannion got off to a rocky start. There were quite a few dropped balls and a lot of plays where the receivers were covered.

It looked like Mannion really missed having Victor Bolden to throw to.

In his first set of three plays, Mannion and crew went 3-and-out after three incompletions. Richard Mullaney and Xavier Hawkins both had their hands on the ball but couldn’t come down with it.

He got better as the drill went on, completing 5-of-9 throws, but the first team offense struggled again when they went to the full team drills.

Lows of the offense’s day included a fumble during a handoff, a five yard loss on a run play, and heavy pressure from the defensive linemen on several occasions.

The hit of the day goes to linebacker Jabral Johnson, who had a big pop on Storm Woods. There aren’t a whole lot of tackles to the ground, because the play tends to stop once the defenders have the ball-carrier wrapped up but still standing. Riley said that the team will soon do live scrimmages that will last about 40 plays or so. (Last year, due to injuries, Riley held no official scrimmages in all of fall camp.)

The offensive highlights of the day both go to Brent Vanderveen. In one instance, he threw a perfect ball to Richard Mullaney 20-yards downfield. Mullaney made a great play to get around cornerback Malcolm Marable and made a diving catch.

On another play, Vanderveen found Malik Gilmore who had broken behind the defense. Vanderveen delivered the ball in stride, and Gilmore took it to the house.

Luke Del Rio was solid, but didn’t gamble much. There was one pass of his that should’ve been intercepted by Ryan Murphy, but he couldn’t haul it in.

The overall impressions I got from today’s drills: The defense looks solid, Victor Bolden needs to be healthy to help the offense, and Dylan Wynn looks particularly fast coming off the line.

Also making his name known is freshman cornerback Dwayne Williams. Williams has had a couple interceptions in team drills, skeletons, and one-and-one drills, and it’s caught the coaching staff’s attention.

“People are talking about that. He’s taken everybody’s eye,” Riley said. “It’s something we’re going to keep a close eye on. He’s got ball skills, quickness, and he appears to have very natural corner ability.

Running with the 1's
QB – Sean Mannion
TB – Storm Woods (Chris Brown and Terron Ward also got reps)
FB – Tyler Anderson
H-Back – Caleb Smith (filling in for Connor Hamlett)
TE – Kellen Clute
LT – Gavin Andrews
LG – Garrett Weinreich
C - Josh Mitchell
RG – Sean Harlow
RT – Dustin Stanton
FL –Malik Gilmore (in place of injured Victor Bolden)
SE – Richard Mullaney
SB – Hunter Jarmon (Xavier Hawkins also got reps)

DE – Dylan Wynn (Obum Gwacham also got reps)
DT – Jalen Grimble (Edwin Delva also got reps)
DT – Siale Hautau (Edwin Delva also got reps)
DE – Jaswha James
WIL – Rommel Mageo (in place of DJ Alexander)
MIK – Jabral Johnson
SAM – Michael Doctor
CB - Larry Scott
CB - Steven Nelson
FS – Tyrequek Zimmerman
SS – Ryan Murphy

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