Fall Camp: Beavs 'beat up'; don't throw at SN

CORVALLIS - It’s Day 15 here at the Beavers’ fall camp, where Mike Riley decided against the scrimmage that was scheduled for today because his team is so “beat up.” Instead, the team practiced in shells and cornerback Steven Nelson demonstrated why it’s probably a bad idea to throw his way.

Originally, the Beavers had a scrimmage set for Tuesday, then it was delayed to Wednesday, and finally it was cancelled altogether. If you showed up to Reser expecting a scrimmage, you were probably disappointed.

“We’re just beat up, but the good news is they’re coming back,” Riley said, “They’re coming back so I didn’t want to beat more of them up. I want them all now to rise for the game.”

Their first game of the season is exactly 10 days from now when the Beavs will host Portland State on August 30.

The injury list that Riley alluded to today includes Isaac Seumalo, Fred Lauina, Dustin Stanton, Luke Hollingsworth, Devin Chappell, Naji Patrick, Kalani Vakameilalo, Terron Ward, Tyler Anderson, and Dashon Hunt by my count.

D.J. Alexander and Grant Bays were limited participants on Wednesday.

Garrett Weinreich, who sat out yesterday, was back in full today.

Hunt has been practicing fully some days, and he’s sat out others this week. He was out again today with that finicky hamstring of his.

Also missing for the second consecutive day was kicker Trevor Romaine, who is not currently with the team. Riley explained that Romaine’s absence is not injury related, and that he is dealing with an off-field issue.

In his place, redshirt sophomore Ian Crist got an extended look as the kicker. He may have kicked 10 field goals and extra points, and I don’t think he missed a single one.

Included in that variety of kicks was a hurried, time is running out, 37-yarder. He booted that one through, no problem.

“The best guy I’ve ever seen in finding specialists is (special teams coach) Bruce Read,” Riley said, “Look at us historically, every guy from Jose Cortez to Sam Paulescu to Johnny Hekker to Marcus Perry the snapper… he found all those guys. A lot of them have been NFL guys.”

So when Crist put on his display today, Riley explained that he wasn’t surprised by the talent displayed by his third-string kicker.

As practice continued, the Beavers went into their skelly drill, and Steven Nelson was determined not to let anyone catch a pass on him. With Mannion at quarterback, Nelson deflected the first pass thrown his way.

When Mannion tried to find Victor Bolden a few plays later, Nelson arrived at the same time the ball did and he forced an incompletion.

A few plays after that, Mannion threw a pass intended for Richard Mullaney, and guess who stepped in to stop the completion. Surprise, it was Steven Nelson.

Mannion threw three passes Nelson’s way, and all of them were forced incomplete.

When the 2’s stepped in for the skelly, another training camp star made a play. Brent Vanderveen threw a deep ball to Xavier Hawkins, but true freshman Dwayne Williams was with him stride-for-stride and came away with an interception.

For the second consecutive day, cornerback Kevin Hayes had an interception. Today, it came off of a poorly thrown ball delivered courtesy of Luke Del Rio.

Coming up with the final interception of the day was linebacker Kyle Haley who picked off Marcus McMaryion when the backup offense faced the first and second-team defense.

Of course, it wasn’t all bad for the quarterbacks. Mannion threw a beauty of a pass deep to Mullaney who caught it in stride. The ball traveled probably 50 yards through the air, making the completion all the more impressive.

Overall, Mannion completed 13-of-25 passes with no interceptions. Vanderveen was 11-of-15 with one interception to Williams. Finally, Del Rio was 7-of-9 with the pick to Kevin Hayes.

Seeing an increased workload over the past few days is redshirt sophomore fullback Ricky Ortiz, a player that Riley has been impressed with.

“One of our best football players is Ricky Ortiz,” Riley said, “He is quietly one of the toughest players we have, he’s a playmaker at his position whether it’s blocking, he can run a little bit, catch the ball a little bit. I really think he adds a ton to our team. He’s almost on every one of our special teams.”

Running with the 1’s
QB – Sean Mannion
TB – Storm Woods / Chris Brown / Damien Haskins
FB – Ricky Ortiz
H-Back – Kellen Clute
TE – Connor Hamlett / Caleb Smith
LT – Gavin Andrews
LG – Garrett Weinreich
C – Josh Mitchell
RG – Nolan Hansen
RT – Sean Harlow
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
DT – Jalen Grimble (Brandon Bennett also got reps)
DT – Siale Hautau (Bud Delva also got reps)
DE – Lavonte Barnett
WIL –Rommel Mageo
MIK – Jabral Johnson
SAM – Michael Doctor (Kyle Haley also got reps)
CB - Larry Scott
CB - Steven Nelson
FS – Tyrequek Zimmerman
SS – Ryan Murphy

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