What the Beavs need to do most on offense

IT GETS TOUGHER looking ahead for the Beavs with the defenses they’ll face. Starting with Utah, Oregon State will play two of three against teams ranked in the top 60 in total D. But Mike Riley has a handle on what the Beavers specifically need to do to in order to combat and have success against those units. But the question remains, can Oregon State execute those things out on the field?

Mike Riley said Tuesday the big key offensively in looking ahead is to see more development (and assumedly production) from the wide receiver corps.

“(Just) getting more plays there, the tight ends were good last week but we need to complement that,” said Riley.

The most likely place for that to come looks to be flanker.

Victor Bolden returned to action against Colorado (dislocated finger) but he was far from 100 percent. But Bolden isn’t the only one Riley will challenge.

“It’s very important for us for him to get rolling,” said Riley of Bolden. “And for his backup Rahmel Dockery to get rolling.

“Bolden wasn’t very comfortable in the game I don’t think, but I think he will be by the time we play (next), and he had a good practice today.”

Bolden’s presence meant Colorado had to account for him. His contributions go well beyond his six-catch, 38 yards outing.

“He made a special effort, it would have been very easy for him to opt out of that game but he made a special effort to play and it helped us,” said Riley.

OSU would also benefit from a productive showing by true freshman Xavier Hawkins, whose redshirt was burned after Bolden was injured. Hawkins was only featured on two plays against USC, a pair of fly sweeps that went for negative yardage. Hawkins has been sharing second team reps with Dockery since Bolden’s return.

  • Oregon State returned to the practice field Tuesday after taking Monday off. They play Utah a week from Thursday.

  • Starting linebacker Jabral Johnson (toe) did not practice according to the Oregonian. Starting left tackle Gavin Andrews (ankle) did not participate in 11-on-11 work. Dustin Stanton took the first-team reps at left tackle in Andrews' place. Starting wide receiver Richard Mullaney (undisclosed) ran through individual drills but then took off his pads midway through practice. Jordan Villamin was his replacement at split end.

  • Kyle Peko moved from the scout team to second team on Tuesday. Riley said Sunday that if Peko passed a class that concludes today, he could play next Thursday against Utah. Riley also said he’s like everyone else – he’ll believe it when he sees it. Peko was part of the 2013 class but has yet to play a game for the Beavs as he continues his quest towards academic clearance.

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