Andersen: Spring drills to be very physical

IF YOU DIDN’T already know that it’s a new day at Oregon State, the upcoming spring football session under new head man Gary Andersen should hammer that point home. Whereas Mike Riley severely limited contact in spring drills and fall camp in an attempt to stay healthy, Gary Andersen is taking a decidedly different approach.

Gary Andersen said on Friday in a conference call with media that staying healthy is something that’s always on his mind. But …

“But we need to have a physical, physical spring practice,” said Andersen. “We want to be able to come out of spring feeling we can run the ball on offense, and stop the run on the defensive side.”

Andersen said the Beavs will embrace an “extreme competition” level this spring.

“It is offense vs. defense. We want to go out every day with a mentality to have a winner and a loser. And there will be a definite winner and a loser defined each day at practice, whether we’re wearing pads or just helmets,” said Andersen.

He wants to come out of spring with as close to a quality two-deep chart as possible.

He said things will start wide open at the quarterback spot, where Oregon State lists seven players on the roster (scholie and walk on). At some point not too far in, though, Andersen will identify two of the QBs and give them the bulk of the work because you can’t effectively give seven guys enough quality reps.

Andersen also said he wants to do everything as fast in practice as the players can handle without overloading them.

The weekly spring schedule for Oregon State will be a practice day on Tuesday, followed by a meeting day Wednesday, practice Thursday, off on Friday, with Saturday being both a meeting and practice day.

Andersen said his top goal this spring is to have quality practices where the team walks off the field better than when they began.

Oregon State will break spring drills into two halves, with the Beavs having a two-week break for finals week and spring break. A full schedule will be forthcoming from the Oregon State SID office in the coming days before Tuesday’s first practice.

Andersen declined to offer injury information on the current roster players or the four players who were announced Thursday as medical retirees: Grant Bays, Glyeb Ewing, Zack Robinson and Garrett Weinreich. Andersen said some players don’t want any medical conditions disclosed and that OSU will be discussing their injury news policy going forward. The trend in college football and in the Pac-12 has been to limit, in some cases down to zero, the release of injury information – OSU under Riley was an exception to that. We’ll see how it goes under Andersen but the first indications are that things will change on the front, too.

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