OSU Day 14: Johnson among the D standouts

CORVALLIS - It’s Day 14 here at the Beavers’ fall camp, where linebacker Jabral Johnson was one of the stars of the day, deflecting one pass and intercepting another. In addition, the offensive line suffered another injury that forced the Beavs to give reps to a true freshman.

Already short-handed with injuries to several players, the offensive line witnessed another player leave practice early. Fred Lauina, who has been getting reps at left guard, took a blow to the head/neck area and did not return.

In yesterday’s early practice, Dustin Stanton suffered a sprained ankle and he did not practice today. Also among the O-line, Grant Bays sat out because of an issue with his leg, Garrett Weinreich’s knee was bothering him so he sat out too, and Isaac Seumalo continues to miss time recovering from a foot injury.

With all those guys hurt, true freshman Robert Olson got a few reps in with the first team at right tackle.

Things went poorly for him.

He had two false starts in a row, and then he let Lavonte Barnett reach the quarterback for a “sack” when the play finally did go off.

Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh is still pleased with what he’s seen from the first unit, even if they weren’t all there today.

“I’m excited about them,” said Cavanaugh, “We’ve got a pretty good group. We’ve got tough guys that are pretty smart. I like them.”

The Beavers held a scrimmage last Saturday, and they have another one set for tomorrow. If the linemen aren’t back by then, the offense might be in trouble.

Regarding their first scrimmage, Cavanaugh was fairly pleased by what he saw from the presumed starters.

“I thought the first group played pretty well. We ran the ball when we did. Pass protected pretty well. I was pleased with Dustin, he did a pretty good job on the edge there, really anchored down. I think it’s a pretty good group if they stay healthy.”

Lauina was injured near the end of practice when the Beavs were working with the full team. After he got hurt, the defense really started to play well.

With Sean Mannion working the first team offense, the first team defense made big plays on four consecutive downs.

Defensive tackle Jalen Grimble broke into the backfield to pressure the quarterback, forcing Mannion to throw it away. On the next play, safety Tyrequek Zimmerman had a deflection. Then, a pass intended for Rahmel Dockery was picked off by Larry Scott. Finally, the defense forced an incompletion on a pass intended for Storm Woods.

In terms of good news on offense, the receivers today were as healthy as they’ve ever been this camp.

Hunter Jarmon returned to the field, Victor Bolden practiced fully for the second consecutive day, Richard Mullaney was back in full, and Gabe Ovgard returned as well.

Unless I’m forgetting someone, all the key receivers are healthy.

Jarmon figures to be used quite a bit in the passing game this year. He and Malik Gilmore took turns making plays out of the slot.

Just like yesterday, Bolden made some big plays. In the skelly, Mannion took a deep shot to Bolden who was in one-on-one coverage with Larry Scott. Bolden made a nice grab more than 30 yards downfield.

In the team drills against the first team defense, Mannion was 16-of-27 with an interception to Jabral Johnson.

Mannion made more throws, but it was when the first team offense and the first team defense split apart from each other to face the backup defense and backup offense, respectively.

In this arrangement, Mannion threw a deep, deep ball to Rahmel Dockery who had gotten behind true freshman Kevin Hayes.

Hayes’ older brother, Chris Hayes, ended up with an interception off a Del Rio throw, and he had a deflection on one of Mannion’s as well.

Speaking of cornerbacks, true freshman Dwayne Williams was present on a few highlight-reel plays. One was where he made the play, and another was where he missed it.

While covering tight end Kellen Clute, Williams made a break on the ball and was in perfect position for an interception. However, the ball slipped through his grasp, and ended up tipping back to Clute for the completion.

However, he made up for it later when he intercepted a Brent Vanderveen pass.

Vanderveen took reps with the 2’s again, and he was 8-of-13 with an interception. Luke Del Rio was 5-of-10, and he threw a couple picks. Against the second team defense, Del Rio just made a bad throw that went right into the hands of safety Zack Robinson.

Tomorrow’s scrimmage will be inside Reser Stadium with “kickoff” around 11 a.m.

Running with the 1’s
QB – Sean Mannion
TB – Storm Woods / Terron Ward / Chris Brown
FB – Ricky Ortiz
H-Back – Kellen Clute
TE – Connor Hamlett / Caleb Smith
LT – Gavin Andrews
LG – Fred Lauina (Sean Harlow moved here when Lauina got hurt)
C – Josh Mitchell
RG – Nolan Hansen
RT – Sean Harlow (Robert Olson took his place when Harlow moved)
FL –Victor Bolden (Xavier Hawkins also got reps)
SE – Richard Mullaney (Jordan Villamin also got reps)
SB – Malik Gilmore (Hunter Jarmon also got reps)

DE – Dylan Wynn (Lavonte Barnett also got reps)
DT – Jalen Grimble (Brandon Bennett also got reps)
DT – Edwin Delva
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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