OSU DAY 13: Bolden back, but Stanton dinged

CORVALLIS – It’s Day 13 here at the Beavers’ fall camp, where the Beavs welcomed back Victor Bolden to the field. However, Oregon State lost another presumed starter due to injury, and the backup quarterback situation is anything but clear.

When the offensive and defensive linemen faced off against each other in a drill today, o-lineman Dustin Stanton was injured on the first or second rep. Several players fell at once, and evidently someone rolled on Stanton’s ankle. After a string of swear words and obvious pain, Stanton got treatment from trainers and did not return.

Last week, a similar scenario befell receiver Richard Mullaney who had to use crutches to leave the field. Mullaney is much improved since then, even running a few routes with the team today.

Bolden, who sat out all of last week to recover from a hamstring strain, practiced fully. In addition to taking reps as a receiver, he was also back deep with the kick returners.

In the skelly and full team drills, Bolden saw seven targets from Sean Mannion and Brent Vanderveen, hauling in five of them. Two of them were deep balls that were each good for at least 30 yards. Bolden caught one of them with coverage from Larry Scott, and another he turned around and jumped to high point the ball.

On another play, Mannion threw a pass that was behind Bolden, but he turned around quick enough to make the diving catch.

As good as Bolden looked after missing a week of practice, receivers coach Brent Brennan wants everyone to know that Victor Bolden is not Brandin Cooks.

“Don’t compare anyone to Brandin Cooks, ever,” Brennan said, “It’s never happened in the history of the Pac-12, those numbers. Just because they’re both short, it’s not fair.”

Regardless, Bolden will likely have an impact on this year’s passing game.

“I think he’s critical,” Brennan said, “He’s playing in a spot that was, obviously, absurdly productive last year. But truthfully, anyone that plays in our passing game is going to be important with how Sean throws the ball and how we’re going to protect and all that.”

Speaking of quarterbacks, Brent Vanderveen moved up and took reps with the 2’s today. Luke Del Rio slid down and took the third team reps.

Vanderveen objectively outperformed Del Rio in Saturday’s scrimmage, but Riley doesn’t explicitly favor one quarterback over the other just yet.

“Even-steven right now,” Riley said, “They’re both getting just about equal reps, happy with both of them, and excited to keep them going.”

Vanderveen was 11-of-17 in practice today, where two of his throws were tipped and then intercepted by the defense.

Kyle Haley had a deflection that landed in the hands of Rommel Mageo. On the other, tight end Jacob Wark couldn’t haul it in, and Naji Patrick came away with the pick.

Del Rio, on the other hand, was a perfect 7-of-7, and these two quarterbacks keep taking turns outperforming the other.

Mannion was 18-of-26, with some deep completions. Bolden had a deep catch as described earlier, and so did Malik Gilmore and Jordan Villamin.

Villamin and Steven Nelson were jockeying for position about 35 yards downfield, and Villamin came down with it despite the strong coverage.

That one particular play didn’t go Nelson’s way, but it’s rare that that’s happened this fall camp. Nelson had a nice deflection in the skelly where he read the play perfectly and swatted the ball down before it ever got to the receiver.

Additionally, in the 1-on-1 drills, Nelson had perfect coverage on Bolden in the red zone, disallowing Bolden to get off the line or make any sort of play.

Also with a deflection was Larry Scott, who prevented Mannion from completing a fourth deep pass when he wrenched the ball away from Villamin.

With “sacks” today were Jaswha James, Dylan Wynn, and safety Justin Strong.

Sitting out with injuries were Isaac Seumalo, D.J. Alexander, Hunter Jarmon, Gabe Ovgard, Cyril Noland, Tyler Anderson, Devin Chappell, Kalani Vakameilalo, Will Hopkins, Zack Robinson, and David Henry.

Finally, just a quick update, I had noted that the Beavers’ next scrimmage was this Tuesday, but today it was pushed back until Wednesday.

. 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 (Fred Lauina also got reps)
C – Josh Mitchell
RG – Grant Bays
RT – Sean Harlow (after Dustin Stanton got hurt)
FL –Victor Bolden (Xavier Hawkins also got reps)
SE – Jordan Villamin (Rahmel Dockery also got reps)
SB – Malik Gilmore (Blair Cavanaugh also got reps)

DE – Dylan Wynn (Lavonte Barnett also got reps)
DT – Jalen Grimble (Brandon Bennett also got reps)
DT – Siale Hautau (Edwin Delva also got reps)
DE – Jaswha James (Obum Gwacham also got reps)
WIL –Rommel Mageo
MIK – Jabral Johnson
SAM – Michael Doctor
CB - Larry Scott (Malcolm Marable also got reps)
CB - Steven Nelson
FS – Tyrequek Zimmerman
SS – Ryan Murphy

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