Beavs hold final practice before spring game

CORVALLIS -- The final practice before Oregon State kicks off the spring game on Saturday was not unlike the final practice before a game in the fall – it was short and finished up way early.

The practice ended at 9:40 am with both players and coaches firmly looking forward to the upcoming game.

During the short Thursday practice, quarterback Nick Mitchell had some very strong passes whereas Seth Collins and Marcus McMaryion were only about average.

Running backs Storm Woods and Chris Brown were standouts in receiving passes from Mitchell.

Defensive tackle Jalen Grimble seemed in good spirits as he continues to work his way back from last season’s knee injury, “(The team is) happy we’re here. Overall, we’re just playing football.”

Grimble and crew are looking forward to showing off the progress made this spring on Saturday though it’s unknown if Grimble will fully participate.

OSU, not surprisingly, has a lot more installing of the defensive packages to do in fall camp but the spring game should still tell us a good deal of where the Beavers are at in Gary Andersen’s first year.

Saturday’s spring game will be the first “game” the Beavers have had in a few years. In the recent past, it’s been a glorified practice with a scrimmaging component.

Andersen has said the spring game will be broken into two quarters with one team in orange, the other in white. There will be a 10-minute half time.

Quarterbacks, who were live and got hit in the spring’s first scrimmage, will be off limits as far as tackling to the ground goes. But Andersen said they would be “tagged,” a term that could be defined differently by oncoming defenders.

Andersen is hopeful of a big crowd, saying it’s “very, very important” for the Beavs to play in those conditions.

The weather should certainly cooperate – Saturday’s forecast is for wall-to-wall sunshine and 73 degrees.

The gates open at 12 p.m. with the spring game slated for 1–3 p.m.

Tickets are $6, or $5 for four or more. All seating will be general admission on the east-side of Reser Stadium, including the Club level. The Founders Loge and Suites will be exclusive for those with season tickets in those areas. The Club level concessions and bar will be in service for the game.

Several season ticket locations in the Club level and east side lower sideline will be tagged as available for fans to purchase at the Spring Game. OSU ticketing and a new Pac-12 sales staff (OSU is the first to utilize a new ticket sales resource in collaboration with the conference) will be located in Club level to answer questions, renew season tickets or to secure new season tickets.

A post-game autograph session will be held on the Reser Stadium field.

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