OSU DAY 10: Mannion & Mullaney; Injury update

CORVALLIS - It’s Day 10 here at the Beavers’ fall camp, where it was announced that the Beavers will play a game against Ohio State in the year 2018. Also, more names were added to the Beavers’ injury list. Meanwhile, Sean Mannion and Richard Mullaney showed their chemistry is still there.

In addition to the regular players on the injured/nicked list that includes Isaac Seumalo, Dashon Hunt, Victor Bolden, D.J. Alexander, Rahmel Dockery and Tyler Anderson; running back Storm Woods also sat out practice today, as did placekicker Trevor Romaine and offensive lineman Sean Harlow.

Mike Riley explained that Romaine tweaked something before practice started, and they elected not to have him kick today.

In his place, kicker Garrett Owens took reps with the special teams unit. He might have missed an extra point, but he split the uprights from 30 and 35 yards out. He also got to try a 57-yarder.

The longest successful field goal in a game in Oregon State history is from 58 yards, which came off the foot of Alexis Serna in 2006 and Chris Mangold in 1982.

On Owens’ attempt in practice, it started right and never had a chance. The purpose of the drill was really to practice covering and returning a field goal, where safety Ryan Murphy looks to be the team’s field goal returner.

“I mean hopefully we can get one this year at the end of the half,” Murphy said, “That would be pretty amazing, if I could get my hands on one of those. Hopefully I can do what I can do.”

Mike Riley went on to explain the other new injuries.

“Storm has always had a back issue that tightens up once in a while, and that’s today, so he’ll be back. Sean Harlow, I don’t want to call it a concussion, I don’t think it was ever termed that, but it’s the result of a collision yesterday, so we held him out.”

The running back position is one of the deeper spots on the field for the Beavers. With Woods out, there are still three running backs that all look capable of making plays for the Beavers, and they Terron Ward, Chris Brown, and Damien Haskins.

Haskins, who has only practiced fully for a few days now, is one of my favorite players to watch. He’s built like a Ford F-150 and I’ll definitely have my eyes on him come Saturday, when the Beavers hold a live scrimmage inside Reser Stadium with officials.

The scrum starts around 11 a.m., and admission is free to anyone, although no videotaping is allowed.

Watching Haskins run is almost as fun as watching Sean Mannion run. Every time Mannion pulls the ball down and takes off with it, it’s hilarious. He always has this grin on his face like he knows he probably shouldn’t be running with the football, but he’s doing it anyway.

One of the more interesting stats from last year is that Mannion actually ran for the least amount of yards in all of college football. You and I had more yards than him.

That’s because Mannion had negative 223 rushing yards (sack yardage counts), and his longest run all year was 6 yards.

Even so, he’s rattled off a few runs so far in camp, and offensive coordinator John Garrett must have taken note, because there was a brief drill today where the quarterbacks took turns running through foam pads.

Another development is that the defense changed up their circuit drills. One station had them come around blocks at the line to wrap up the ball carrier, and another was a fumble recovery drill.

Later, the defensive backs had a drill that was kind of like monkey in the middle. Four players stood in as receivers, one of the coaches played quarterback, and one defender stood in to read the quarterback’s eyes and stop the ball from getting to whichever receiver he decided to throw to.

In the skelly, Mannion and Richard Mullaney had a gorgeous completion. Mullaney was covered by Ryan Murphy and Tyrequek Zimmerman, but the ball was thrown so well that neither one of them could make a play. Mullaney came down with a 30 or 35 yard completion.

Mullaney has been in and out of practice in recent days, but he participated fully today. At times, he looked like he was still in some pain, though.

In addition to the long throw, Mannion and Mullaney showed some nice chemistry today, Mullaney caught four passes on four targets from Mannion.

Luke Del Rio and Jordan Villamin did work, too. Del Rio completed a pass to Villamin on each of his first three throws, and Villamin also had a nice catch from Brent Vanderveen in the corner of the end zone, but a booth review would have to tell me if he was in bounds or not.

Coming up with interceptions today were safety Zack Robinson who picked off Del Rio, and cornerback Larry Scott who intercepted a Mannion throw.

With deflections were Scott, Murphy, Zimmerman, Steven Nelson, and Naji Patrick.

Other than a few mistakes, the quarterbacks were on target. Mannion was 16-of-27 with an interception, Del Rio was 10-of-13 with an interception and another that should have been picked off by Naji Patrick, while Vanderveen was 4-of-8.

There was no live tackling today, so it’s difficult to really judge the defense’s performance. It didn’t look like anyone missed any assignments, and that pass from Mannion to Mullaney was the longest play of the day.

Running with the 1’s
QB – Sean Mannion
TB – Terron Ward / Damien Haskins / Chris Brown
FB – Ricky Ortiz
H-Back – Kellen Clute
TE – Connor Hamlett / Caleb Smith / Jacob Wark
LT – Gavin Andrews
LG – Fred Lauina
C – Josh Mitchell
RG – Grant Bays
RT – Dustin Stanton (Bobby Keenan also got reps)
FL –Xavier Hawkins
SE – Richard Mullaney (Jordan Villamin also got reps)
SB – Malik Gilmore (Blair Cavanaugh also got reps)

DE – Dylan Wynn (Obum Gwacham also got reps)
DT – Jalen Grimble (Bud Delva and Siale Hautau also got reps)
DT – Siale Hautau (Bud Delva also took reps)
DE – Jaswha James (Obum Gwacham also got reps)
WIL –Rommel Mageo
MIK – Jabral Johnson
SAM – Michael Doctor
CB - Larry Scott
CB - Steven Nelson (Dwayne Williams also got reps)
FS – Tyrequek Zimmerman
SS – Ryan Murphy

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