Beavs will be going fast this spring

WHEN OREGON STATE kicks off the first spring practice on Tuesday morning under new head man Gary Andersen, they don’t figure to ease into things.

In looking back to Wisconsin’s first spring session under Gary Andersen a couple seasons ago after the new coach came in from Utah State, that first spring practice was conducted at a brisker pace than Wisconsin was used to. The same is expected at Oregon State.

There won’t be a lot of standing around, or leisurely moving from one station to another.

That first session two years ago had 24 periods, with players moving through individual drills, position drills, seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills.

Even in a helmets-only practice players are going to make mistakes but Andersen, it would seem, wants them making mistakes at full speed.

The first two spring practices are helmets only with the third allowing shoulder pads, per NCAA rules. After the pads go on for Day 4, Andersen has said this spring at OSU will be very physical, a change from former coach Mike Riley. That might not be the only difference.

At Wisconsin in his first spring, Andersen had music blaring during the practice and even came up with the playlist himself -- everything from James Brown and Kool & the Gang to PSY's Gangnam Style. It remains to be seen if he’ll follow the same routine on Tuesday morning.

At Wisconsin, Andersen broke up the spring days with meetings in morning, followed by afternoon practices – the reason being Andersen didn’t want one long block of time players had to commit. He’ll break that out even further this spring with the Beavs, with practice early in the morning on one day, followed by meetings the next day.

The quarterback battle figures to be front and center this spring because not only are the Beavs replacing their QB, Andersen is bringing in a new system where he wants his QB to run, or at least offer the threat to run. But if his first spring at Wisconsin is any indicator, don’t expect Andersen to name the Beavs’ starter at QB coming out of spring.

Andersen was mum on his starting QB all the way until late in fall camp, just days before the season opener.


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