OSU practice No. 2: Getting the plays right

CORVALLIS – In their second practice of the day, the Beavers got a chance to go over a few of their more unorthodox plays. Plus, the quarterbacks practiced a new “drill,” and yet another player got hurt.

The Beavs ran through a few plays that only happen under special circumstances, but they happen nonetheless. These ones specifically occur as the last play of the game or of the half.

We won't disclose too much detail but a few things can be said.

There’s the “we need a touchdown and this is the last play of the game so let’s do something crazy and get into the end zone” play, and also the “we need a field goal but the clock is running and we’re out of time outs so let’s get the field goal unit on the field as quickly as possible before time expires” play.

And let me tell you, when the defense isn’t allowed to tackle, the craziness works pretty dog-gone well.

When the Beavers tried it, they rattled off 60 or so yards before things went south.

When the team only needed a field goal, the regular offense would run a quick play toward the sidelines, before Trevor Romaine and the rest of the kicking unit ran on to try a 42-yarder from the left and then the right hash.

Romaine’s first attempt hit the right upright and bounced no good.

When he tried a second attempt, he anticipated the snap would come earlier than it actually did, so Romaine tried to recover from a brief stutter-step, but ultimately missed.

He did, however, nail one from the middle of the field from 37-yards out. Garrett Owens also got a chance to try these kicks, making one from 42 yards in addition to the 37-yarder.

Before all this happened, the special teams unit was practicing punts and the quarterbacks were on the other end of the field having a little fun.

They were working on their accuracy by trying to throw corner-end zone passes into a bucket.

None of the quarterbacks made it successfully, although Sean Mannion did hit the side of it, while Luke Del Rio’s attempt might have been good if a coach didn’t step in to catch his throw.

Other than that, this was a fairly routine second part of a two-a-day, where the emphasis is on getting the plays correct.

Also of note, though, is that in the skelly, cornerback Naji Patrick collided with another player during a cross route. He was treated by the training staff and did not return.

Overall, quarterback Sean Mannion was 19-of-25, which includes two throwaways, one drop, and two others that were deflected. Jabral Johnson got his hand on one pass and Michael Doctor the other.

Brent Vanderveen, running with the second-team offense, was 7-of-13. Luke Del Rio was a perfect 7-of-7.

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 – Fred Lauina
C – Josh Mitchell
RG – Grant Bays
RT – Sean Harlow
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
CB - Steven Nelson
FS – Tyrequek Zimmerman
SS – Ryan Murphy

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