Thursday practice notes as Beavers prepare for Idaho State

The Beavers held a light practice on Thursday and will ramp up the intensity again on Friday as they prepare for Idaho State.

Light practice today, heavier practice tomorrow

Thursday’s practice was a walk-through in nearly every sense of the word. The only pads that the players were wearing were their helmets, and they were working at about half-speed, and the ball was rarely passed or kicked.

Friday the team will hold  a practice with more intensity than they did on Thursday. While this schedule is new to Oregon State, according to head coach Gary Andersen, this is common way of practicing.

“I’m a little old-school. I want to evaluate scenarios and situations before I make a quick reaction. A lot of teams have been doing it this way for many years, especially NFL teams. (Strength and Conditioning Coach) coach (Evan) Simon believes some a nutrition and physiological standpoint, it seemed to fit our schedule and our football team this year, so that’s the reason for the quick switch.”

Excitement brewing

The Minnesota game seems like ages ago, with a Thursday game to open the season immediately followed by a bye week, the Beavers will play their first game for over two weeks.  While Andersen likes to keep an “even-Steven” approach as the gameday gets closer, he can sense the excitement growing within his players.

“There’s excitement as the week grows to get to game day there’s always excitement to play at home,” said Andersen. “To say that these kids are excited is an understatement."

Christian Wallace update

In the first week of September Christian Wallace tweeted that he did not plan on redshirting during his freshman season despite not practicing with the until this week. With only a few days of practice under his belt, Wallace still has a ways to go before he is ready to go.

“He’s obviously behind physically, obviously he’s very behind mentally,” he said about the four-star recruit's prospect of playing as a true freshman. “We will see how Christian goes through the process this next week or so.”

Andersen mentioned that if Wallace, or any freshman, were to earn playing time as a true freshman, they won’t burn a redshirt year with limited snaps.

“We are not going to waste his year and have him play only five or six snaps a game.  That’s not the intent,” Andersen said.

Other Notes:

?     There was a lot of work in the redzone with Seth Collins at quarterback.

?     Elu Aydon spent some time on the offensive side of the ball during the media availability. The 327-pounder is listed on the depth chart at tight end.

?     Gavin Andrews was held out during the portion available to the media, Trent Moore filled in for Andrews at right guard. Andrews is expected to play on Saturday against Idaho State.

The team was wearing their white helmets. For Saturday’s home-opener, the team will wear their white jerseys.

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