Oregon State holds first spring practice

CORVALLIS -- The frigid first day of spring drills for Oregon State's football team under the guidance of Gary Anderson began with an excited group of players ready to begin a new training season.

The shrill sound of a buzzer rang out above the workout music signaling for players to switch training groups or look for coach direction.

They then broke into two different groups with quarterbacks throwing balls to offensive players while the defense focused on tackling fundamentals (the players are helmets-only the first two days).

Wideout Datrin Guyton made excellent catches amidst the continual drill rotations.

It was a busy day for all seven quarterbacks, as Gary Andersen said it would be early on in spring. Freshmen QB Nick Mitchell demonstrated great accuracy as every throw he made was caught.

Throughout the drills he had strong passes and distance.

Another quarterback that began making great throws towards the end of the practice was sophomore Brent Vanderveen.

Sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio commented on his new head coach saying, “He is easy to talk to and is a great coach from what I can tell,” Del Rio also commented on his own impression of the practice and the functionality of the team, “... offense was sluggish today.”

Andersen embraced the first day of spring ball in an Oregon State sweatshirt, “It’s great to be out here with the kids…everyone is excited,” he said.

He was satisfied with the effort the players put forth on their first official day of practice explaining that it was a “clean, crisp, fast practice."

For many of the players a fast-paced practice of interval training like this is new, but they adjusted accordingly, Andersen said.

“It was a good start…They came out here and did a nice job," said Andersen.

Working on the sideline with weights, resistance bands, and spin bikes were recovering players like wide receiver Richard Mullaney, defensive tackle Noke Tago, tight end Caleb Smith, and offensive linemen Isaac Seumalo and Robert Olson.

The bulk of the 15 spring session practices are closed to the media and public.

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