OSU SCRIMMAGE: D on top, but Beavs run well

CORVALLIS -- It’s Day 12 here from the Beavers’ fall camp, where the team held its first official scrimmage. It was very sloppy early on frankly, with the offense turning the ball over not once, not twice but thrice in the first 11 plays. As the scrimmage wore on, there were fewer mistakes and some of the younger players got a chance to show what they can do.

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Mike Riley said yesterday that he anticipated they’d play about 50 downs.

In actuality, the Beavs ran 81 plays.

If you came late, you might have missed Sean Mannion, because he only took six snaps. He looked pretty good, but he did have an interception even though it wasn’t his fault. Mannion threw a pass to Jordan Villamin, but the ball bounced off his hands and into safety Zack Robinson’s.

In all, Mannion was 2-of-3 for 11 yards with an interception. He and the first team offense got one first down, and the interception came on a third-and-5.

Luke Del Rio had the poorest performance of all the quarterbacks by a wide margin. In his second play with the offense, the snap flew over his head, and when he raced back to dive on it, the ball squirted away from him and defensive end Titus Failauga picked it up and ran in for the score.

Two plays later, Del Rio threw an interception to safety Justin Strong, and in a later series, Del Rio threw a pass that was tipped by a defender and ended up in the hands of linebacker Michael Doctor.

In all, Del Rio was 2-of-8 for five yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble.

“It was rough sledding offensively, but we knew it was going to be,” said Riley, “I only let Sean go one trip, and most of the receivers are out, so it was going to be a tough day. I’m glad the defense played like they did, there are nine seniors over there and they’re pretty confident, so that’s a good sign.”

The injured receivers are Victor Bolden and Richard Mullaney.

Mullaney suffered a sprained ankle in yesterday’s early practice, but he was walking around on the sidelines without crutches today. Riley said he didn’t think that Mullaney would miss too much time.

Bolden continues to nurse a strained hamstring.

Of everyone, I may have been most impressed by punter Keith Kostol.

He boomed a towering, 54-yard punt that landed at the 6-yard line, and he had another punt land inside the 10.

Keeping things going with the special teams unit, kicker Trevor Romaine was 2-for-2 on field goals from 40 yards out. Garrett Owens was 1-for-2 from the same spots, missing one wide left.

Receiver Rahmel Dockery was in on punt and kickoff returns. Running back Terron Ward tried a punt return as well, but he muffed the punt after calling for a fair catch.

Running back Storm Woods was back with Dockery on kickoff returns, and safety Ryan Murphy and running back Chris Brown were back deep with the second unit.

The returns don’t feature tackling, so it’s hard to learn much from them, but on the first kickoff of the day, Woods found a huge hole and was untouched by the time he had made it to midfield.

Speaking of Woods and Brown, the running game showed signs of promise.

Storm Woods, Terron Ward, Chris Brown, Damien Haskins, and Ryan Nall combined for 115 yards on 33 carries with one touchdown run by Nall.

Nall had 10 carries for 41 yards and the touchdown, but all that was against the third string defense.

Still, he’s a big back and a patient runner who almost always falls forward.

Brown had nine carries for 35 yards against the first and second team defense. He had the nicest play of all, where he found a nice hole, took a hit after about five yards, spun around and kept going for another five or so yards.

Haskins had six carries for 20 yards, and looked like a challenge to bring down. Woods and Ward each had four carries. Ward ran for 11 yards, and Woods ran for 8.

The longest play of the day came on a pass from Brent Vanderveen to tight end Jacob Wark for somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 yards. On the play, Wark got loose behind the defense and Vanderveen hit him with a nice pass for the score.

Vanderveen was 10-of-18 with two touchdowns.

His second score came from about 5 yards out, when he found receiver Xavier Hawkins in the corner of the end zone.

Today’s game also gave us a glimpse at some of the younger quarterbacks.

True freshman Marcus McMaryion was flawless. He was 4-for-4 for 33 yards and had a touchdown pass to receiver Drew Kell. Granted, he was in against the third team defense, but he made accurate throws and a few of them came on the run.

Nick Mitchell also had some nice throws, and so did Kyle Kempt.

No one is allowed to hit quarterbacks, so there weren’t any official sacks, but there were a couple plays where the defenders were in the backfield and the quarterback still had the ball. Linebacker Kyle Haley and defensive tackle Bud Delva each had one of these “sacks,” and there were probably more.

Defensive tackle Jalen Grimble, who’s been one of the more impressive players in camp, was working with trainers on the sideline and didn’t play in today’s game.

Another defensive tackle, junior college transfer Kyle Peko, was granted temporary eligibility to practice with the Beavers. He was on the sidelines of today’s scrimmage.

“I think it’s great,” Riley said, “We’ve been, obviously, waiting for him for a long time, and it’s great that he’s here. Now we’ve got to get him up to speed, get him going.”

Overall, the defense looked superior to the offense regarding the 1’s and 2’s today, with the third-string offense looking better than the third-string defense.

Also, the tackling was notably solid. There were hardly any broken tackles all day, and only a few plays went for more than 10 yards if they did break loose.

The Beavers will hold another scrimmage like this one on Tuesday, which will be inside Reser and start at 11 a.m.

This wraps up the second week of the Beavers’ fall camp, and their first game of the season is against Portland State in a fortnight.

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

DE – Dylan Wynn (Obum Gwacham also got reps)
DT – Bud Delva
DT – Brandon Bennett-Jackson
DE – Jaswha James (Obum Gwacham also got reps)
WIL –Rommel Mageo
MIK – Jabral Johnson
SAM – Michael Doctor
CB - Larry Scott
CB - Steven Nelson
FS – Tyrequek Zimmerman
SS – Ryan Murphy

81 plays
Trevor Romaine, 40-yard field goal
Zack Robinson, 25-yard interception
Garrett Owens, 40-yard field goal
Titus Failauga, 14-yard fumble return
Justin Strong, 42-yard interception
Trevor Romaine, 40-yard field goal
Manase Hungalu, 35-yard fumble return
Jacob Ward 46-yard pass from Brent Vanderveen
Drew Kell 8-yard pass from Marcus McMaryion
Ryan Nall 1-yard run

Ryan Nall 10-41-1; Chris Brown 9-35; Damien Haskins 6-20; Brent Vanderveen 2-15; Terron Ward 4-11; Storm Woods 4-8; Marcus McMaryion 1-7; Xavier Hawkins 1-2; Luke Del Rio 1-(-23).

PASSING (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)
Brent Vanderveen, 18-10-0-107-2; Marcus McMaryion 4-4-0-33-1; Kyle Kempt 6-3-0-25-0; Sean Mannion, 3-2-1-11-0; Nick Mitchell 4-1-0-9-0; Luke Del Rio 8-2-2-5-0.

Caleb Smith 4-33; Jacob Wark 2-50-1; Datrin Guyton 2-27; Iona Pritchard 2-17; Tanner Sanders 2-14; Jordan Villamin 2-14; Xavier Hawkins 2-13; Drew Kell 2-7-1; Kendall Hill 1-11; Chris Brown 1-3; Ricky Ortiz 1-2; Kellen Clute 1-(-1).

Zack Robinson 1; Justin Strong 1; Michael Doctor 1.

Titus Failauga 1; Manase Hungalu 1; Andrew Maughan 1.

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