OSU Spring Ball Day 8 gets physical

CORVALLIS – Oregon State’s eighth spring practice saw a lot of fast paced effort put forward by both players and coaches alike. If you had to describe it in one word, it would be: physical.

The quarterbacks worked on distance passing with all seeming to excel in power and distance throws.

The team then moved into seven on seven drills including the quarterback, each group preformed the drill three times.

<>Luke Del Rio looked good in the drill.

Nick Mitchell was also a standout making passes to wide receivers Hunter Jarmon and Victor Bolden.

Marcus McMaryion struggled a bit. Seth Collins also had a problem with getting rid of the ball in a timely manner as well.

During the drill running back Chris Brown demonstrated his speed and catching ability receiving passes from Del Rio and Mitchell.

Another drill that the quarterbacks worked on was making short passes to running backs. Collins didn’t complete the drill objective by failing to pass the ball off.

Running back Storm Woods was a standout here, demonstrating agility, speed, and good hands.

The team also completed a mini scrimmage at the end of practice, going 11-on-11.

Mitchell has a pass blocked but followed that up with a nice connection to Brown. Wide receiver Malik Gilmore dropped a pass.

During the practice on Thursday, safeties and cornerbacks worked on shedding blocks and being physical.

Indeed, junior cornerback Larry Scott noted the physical nature of the practice afterwards.

The Beavs continue to work the 3-4 defense under Gary Andersen, unlike last year’s 4-3 defense under former Mike Riley.

Scott said the new defense will allow for more speed and athleticism in the plays. He also says the buy-in is 100 percent.

“Whatever the coaches want, we’re all in,” said Scott.

“I like the ways the guys are working,” said defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake, “The goal is to get the best level on the field.”

Sitake said while Oregon State isn’t done installing the full defense, the 3-4 is providing a solid foundation this spring for the Beavs.

“We need to have something to build upon. We have some really great coaches, really good players without much experience. There’s a clean slate for a lot of the guys,” said Sitake.

Sitake said the Beavs are a little ahead of where he envisioned at this point.


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