Several players held out of practice:
Running back Ryan Nall was wearing a walking boot at practice and did not participate. Following his 151 yards of total offense against Minnesota, Nall mentioned that he had rolled an ankle. Replacing Nall was freshman Artavis Pierce.
“I expect Ryan to be completely fine,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “I expect him to play and be ready to roll when we roll.”
Some other notable players that did not practice during the portion available to the media were offensive guard Gavin Andrews along with receivers Victor Bolden and Seth Collins. Replacing Andrews at right guard was Sosaia Tauaho, Xavier Hawkins and Timmy Hernandez filled in for Bolden and Collins.
All-in-all, Andersen is not worried about the player’s injuries.
“A few kids are sitting out here and there,” he said. “We came out of that game healthy.”
Christian Wallace expected to be in Corvallis as soon as Thursday:
As reported by Angie earlier, Oregon State’s blue-chip recruit Christian Wallace will be returning to the team after going home to Texas to finish up some school work in order to be cleared by the NCAA.
Andersen didn’t officially announce that he was returning, but likes the effort Wallace put in to become eligible to play.
“The kid has worked extremely hard to be here,” Andersen said. “He deserves the opportunity, so we are very hopeful that he comes our way soon.”
On Twitter, Wallace tweeted that he will not redshirt the this year, despite missing the first game and a month of practice. Wallace is listed as a cornerback on the roster.
Offensive line remains the same; Second team offensive line receives a boost:
Other than Tauaho filling in for Andrews, the first unit remained the same with Dustin Stanton at right tackle, Yanni Demogerontas at center, Fred Lauina at left guard and Blake Brandel at left tackle.
As for the second unit, two players returned the field. Tackle Will Hopkins practiced during the live portions for the first time, and Brayden Kearsley who last week started working with the scout team was playing center with the second unit. So the updated second unit now looks like this: Hopkins at right tackle, Kammy Delp at right guard, Kearsley at center, Gus Lavaka at left guard and Trent Moore at left tackle.
Rahmel Dockery officially moved to corner.
Towards the end of camp Dockery was lining up at corner one day, then moved to receiver the next. Dockery came to Oregon State by way of Washington State in 2014, he finished his receiving career at Oregon State with nine catches for 199 yard (22 yards per catch) and one touchdown.
“Docks going to play a little corner for us,” Andersen said. “Obviously he is going to be vital within the special teams role he has for us.”
Notes from Andersen’s presser
? The word Andersen used to describe the play of quarterback Darell Garretson during the Minnesota game was “tough”.
? Andersen mentioned that following the game he could tell that the team was hurt by the loss--which is a good sign according to Andersen.
? The whole team watched the game film together, the team learned a lot from that session.
? With the bye week on top of having a thursday game, the team has used the practice days earlier this week to continue to work on their stuff, and then started working on Idaho State prep in Tuesday’s practice.