OSU Day 6: Session No. 2 sees lively skelly

CORVALLIS -- The Beavers had a light practice during their second half of their first two-a-day of the fall camp. They moved the team from the Prothro practice fields across the street to Reser Stadium, where the team didn’t do any live tackling. But the skelly drills were anything but unadventurous.

In fact, when the Beavers lined up for full team drills, the players went so far as to remove their helmets and shoulder pads, making for a fairly bizarre sight inside Reser, to my eyes at least.

I’ve come to Oregon State’s home games for over a decade at this point, and to see people play football without wearing the otherwise prerequisite jerseys and helmets just felt strange.

Since there was no hitting at all, the team drills weren’t played anywhere close to full speed. Thus, there is little to talk about in terms of the offensive line and the entire defense.

Instead, tonight was about getting the right plays in, getting everyone to the right spots on the field and not making any mental mistakes, if possible. On that front, there were a few instances where receivers weren’t lined up correctly, but for the most part they looked like they knew what they were doing.

There was more shuffling on the offensive line tonight. Sean Harlow returned to the left guard spot and Josh Mitchell took over at right guard.

Garrett Weinreich, who took first team reps at left guard this morning, didn’t get any reps tonight.

Also missing was tight end Caleb Smith as well as wide receiver Richard Mullaney.

I saw Mullaney get some extra attention early on in this morning’s practice, but he returned to participate in drills moments later. Whatever was bothering him earlier today must still be causing problems.

Even though the full team drills were little more than a walkthrough of different plays, the skeleton drill was rather lively.

Sean Mannion found both Xavier Hawkins and Malik Gilmore early and often. He looked comfortable making throws, and he ended up completing 7-of-9 passes, which includes one incompletion where he simply threw the ball away.

Also, I mentioned in the first practice report today that Xavier Hawkins had a few drops on deep passes. Well tonight he looked much better.

He got behind the defense on one play, identified immediately that Mannion’s pass was going long, then utilized his blazing speed to run underneath the ball and make the catch. The whole thing looked pretty natural.

Luke Del Rio had some trouble in the skeletons. His first pass was incomplete, he had a miscommunication with his receiver on another, and he was intercepted by safety Justin Strong a few throws later. He was 4-of-7 with one interception. In his brief time on the field, Brent Vanderveen was a perfect 3-of-3.

However, the normally heated full team drills were anything but. It played out sort of like the first three quarters of the Pro Bowl or the NBA all-star game, where offenses do what they’re supposed to, and the defense is just sort of there.

Still, the Beavers have worked hard in practice this week and they’d earned a bit of a break.

Running with the 1's
QB – Sean Mannion
TB – Storm Woods (Chris Brown and Terron Ward also got reps)
FB – Tyler Anderson
H-Back – Jacob Wark, Kellen Clute, Connor Hamlett
TE – Kellen Clute
LT – Gavin Andrews
LG – Sean Harlow
C – Grant Bays
RG – Josh Mitchell
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
DT – Jalen Grimble
DT – Siale Hautau
DE – Jaswha James
WIL – Rommel Mageo (in place of D.J. Alexander)
MIK – Jabral Johnson
SAM – Michael Doctor
CB - Larry Scott
CB - Steven Nelson
FS – Tyrequek Zimmerman
SS – Ryan Murphy

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