CIVIL WAR: Beavs could be down to one at RB

JUST A FEW weeks ago, Mike Riley was feeling pretty darned good about his running back depth. Now, headed into a must-win Civil War to extend their season, Oregon State could be down to just one.

Storm Woods will be “checked out daily” this week and Mike Riley said he was hopeful he will be cleared in time to play on Saturday. The injury was undisclosed. Chris Brown had one carry for one year Saturday but injured his shoulder, and he’s out. Terron Ward was lost the week before.

The one guy who is healthy: Damien Haskins.

Haskins is a dump truck at 5-9, 232-pounds. He has surprising moves and agility to go along with the power. We've been high on his 2014 potential since seeing the Beavs' spring game but OSU has had three guys ahead of him, and with more experience. Haskins needs to improve his pass protection and blocking skills, and it looked Saturday like he was carrying the ball ever so loosely.

But he's got a whole lot of other things in the upside category.

Assuming Woods does come back, fans are likely to at least see Haskins to the degree they saw him Saturday, when he had six carries for 27 yards.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Jalen Grimble left Saturday's game in the second quarter after re-aggravating the knee injury that had kept him out since the USC game nearly two months ago. Riley said he's day-to-day.

Starting OL Gavin Andrews got another X-ray on his foot (negative) and Riley said he’ll be able to play. Riley pegged DL Ali'i Robins as doubtful with a calf strain.

The saga regarding kicker Trevor Romaine has come to an end.

"All I really can say is that he has been dismissed for the season for violating athletic department rules. So he's basically done,” said Riley.

AFTER WATCHING THE tape of the Washington game, Riley said his feeling hadn’t changed.

“I think defensively we didn't make them earn their touchdowns,” said Riley. “We gave them four big plays for touchdowns. They obviously made them, to their credit, but hard to win when you do that. And then kind of in between the two big plays early and the two big plays later in the game, we played quite a bit of good defense.

“I was impressed with our defense for a lot of the time there. Made a lot of plays, caused a fumble, which we capitalized on and scored.”

Riley said there were too many missed opportunities on offense.

“…We did some good things and made some plays, but we were way too inconsistent to allow ourselves to score points. Too many bad plays, whether it was a sack or a negative run or a penalty or whatever. We were just way too inconsistent. Sean (Mannion) had a nice night. His numbers look pretty good. The one interception could have been a turning point time in the game, I thought,” said Riley.

But the attention has turned to all things Civil War.

"We certainly understand how good they are and where they sit in the college football world -- but our focus is, really, entirely on us,” said Riley. “We've got to put a good game together. We've got to orchestrate good practices for our team. We've got to get prepared to play against the best we're going to play against this year. So it is definitely about us in our preparation."

The Beavs will take a little time after Thursday’s practice to celebrate the holiday.

"We've got something planned Thursday afternoon after practice…And then a lot of families will be in town, so they will be free to do that in the evening with their families."

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