OSU Scrimmage: Defense wins the day

CORVALLIS – Oregon State held their second official scrimmage of the spring on Saturday, a 76-play affair that saw Nick Mitchell begin the day under center and the Beaver defense rise up.

The practice began with position based drills wide receiver Tanner Sanders missed a pass during the beginning drills.

The scrimmage then began with Mitchell at the helm. It was not a great day throwing the ball for the redshirt freshman. Corner Dwayne Williams missed what should have been an interception and safety Justin Strong intercepted a pass after Bright Ugwoegbu bobbled it.

Mitchell played for about 20 minutes with the majority of his passes and plays to running back Storm Woods. During Mitchell’s last play, he faked a pass and ran for a touchdown.

Mitchell was 4 of 14 with two interceptions.

The Beavs did move the ball, however, on the ground. Chris Brown carried 10 times for 55 yards, while Storm Woods had seven touches for 26 hashes.

The Beavs then switched lineups with quarterback Seth Collins who made a significant amount of passes and handoffs to running back Chris Brown. After seven plays the punters practiced.

The scrimmage then started again with Collins as quarterback, who had a good day (8 of 15, 52 yards, 1 TD and no INTs). He made a great pass to Richard Mullaney who unfortunately missed it. The team then had a time out huddle in the middle of the field. The Beavs resumed play but with various false starts, and Collins was soon replaced with Mitchell. Collins only played for 11 minutes by my watch. Mitchell then tried a hail-Mary pass with no one in the area.

He then tried to take off but was sacked by linebacker Rommel Mageo, one of three Beaver sacks on the day.

Mitchell completed a medium range pass before being replaced by McMaryion.

McMaryion completed three of his four passes to wide receiver Gabe Ovgard and running back Jaylynn Bailey. McMaryion looked extremely hesitant during the plays and dropped the ball during one instance. He often threw the ball out of bounds or to no one in order to get rid of it and avoid the sack.

McMaryion was in for about eight minutes before being switched out for Collins again, who started out with another deep ball incompletion. Mullaney received good and bad passes from Collins, and was the scrimmage’s leading receiver along with Hunter Jarmon with three grabs apiece. Collins was in for less than five minutes before being replaced by Mitchell.

Mitchell was picked off by Kendall Hill (the former wideout is now now at corner) and the defense made a touchdown. Mitchell was immediately replaced by Collins. Collins threw a lateral pass to Victor Bolden who ran it into the end zone. The lineup was then switched, but Mitchell stayed in as quarterback.

Mitchell connected with Brown and running back Damien Hawkins, but was then sacked cornerback Dashon Hunt. He ran the ball into the end zone on the next play.

Collins then entered as quarterback starting out with an incompletion, two passes to Woods that were fumbled or dropped, one of which was intercepted by linebacker Manase Hungalu.

Practice ended half an hour early.

Regarding the scrimmage, Darrell Songy said, “I like where we’ve come from where we’ve started” and was excited for the competitive nature of the spring game next weekend. Mitchell believes the offense is doing well and needs personal improvement on ball protection.

“Every practice is a game-like situation (and Saturday was) “a great opportunity for us to start.” He also attributes his improvement to teammate Collins’ “energy every single day.”

Gary Andersen seemed very satisfied with the team’s overall performance on the field, nothing the offense and defense were “very calm” during the scrimmage.

“We’re still making our fair share of mistakes,” he added, while noting it takes mistakes to make improvement.

“There’s so much improvement in all the positions from last week to this week,” Andersen said.

Andersen said the Beavs will work on communication and keeping the emotions in check during next Saturday’s spring game finale, which would allow Oregon State to “play physical -- play hard.”

He also commented on the importance of the coming week.

“How much they want to improve from now until the spring game, and to understand how far they’ve come in the last week and more importantly how far they have to go,” he said.

  • Caleb Saulo, Bright Ugwoegbu and Rommel Mageo had the three Beaver sacks. Oregon State QBs were off limits to contact, unlike the first scrimmage.

  • Substitution was liberal throughout, particularly on defense. Saulo saw a good amount of reps with the first unit on Saturday and made the most of them.

  • Players who sat out the scrimmage: defensive lineman Jalen Grimble, offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo, defensive lineman Luke Hollingsworth, defensive lineman Noke Tago and linebacker Ricky Liuchan.
    76 plays


    Nick Mitchell, 3-yard run
    TEAM: Safety
    Victor Bolden, 15-yard run
    Richard Mullaney, 13-yard pass from Seth Collins

    RUSHING (No-Yds-TD)

    Chris Brown 10-55; Storm Woods 7-26; Seth Collins 7-19; Victor Bolden 1-15-1; Damien Haskins 5-9; Jaylynn Bailey 2-7; Marcus McMaryion 2-(-5); Nick Mitchell 8-(-11)-1.

    PASSING (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)
    Seth Collins 15-8-0-52-1; Nick Mitchell 14-4-2-44-0; Marcus McMaryion 4-3-0-13-0.

    Richard Mullaney 3-33-1; Hunter Jarmon 3-23; Jordan Villamin 1-10; Ricky Ortiz 1-10; Rahmel Dockery 1-9; Gabe Ovgard 2-8; Chris Brown 2-8; Jaylynn Bailey 1-5; Victor Bolden 1-4.


    Justin Strong 1; Kendall Hill 1.

    Manase Hungalu 1.

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