Oregon State prepares for Boise, Nall talks focus

Oregon State was back on the practice field on Tuesday gearing up for Boise State this week.

Nall trying to live up to potential:

Running back Ryan Nall was very critical of his performance in the Beavers’ 37-7 victory against Idaho State. The sophomore found pay dirt for the first time this season, but finished with 39 rushing yards on 13 carries and two catches for negative two yards.

“I didn’t live up to my expectation, I thought I could've rushed better,” Nall said.

While Nall was pleased with the way that he pass protected, there was still problems with the speed he played with. After reviewing the game film Nall was able to diagnose his problem. It came down to making sure his first read is correct.

“I was too worried on what the back rotation was instead of my first initial read on what the front is doing,” Nall said. “That’s an easy, quick fix, hopefully I’ll be able to make the correct read and play faster this game.”

Bolden on special teams:

At Monday’s press conference head coach Gary Andersen called the punt return unit “petrifying”. Through the first two games, the Beavers have returned a total of seven punts, resulting in negative-nine yards.

Victor Bolden, the primary punt returner muffed a punt against Idaho State, but the problem with the punt return game is more than just a fielding issue.

“We are one block away from breaking a big one,” said Bolden. “We just got to keep working and good things will happen.”

Brayden Kearsley works with First Unit:

In the second half against Idaho State, Brayden Kearsley made his Oregon State debut at center, taking over for Yanni Demogerontas who started at center against Minnesota and Idaho State.

At practice on Tuesday Kearsley was inserted at center with the first unit offense.

Shuffling the offensive line could lead to better protection which would in turn help the quarterback.

Different Receiver looks

There was a lot of rotation with the wide receivers at practice. Bolden was a light participant and sported a red no-contact jersey. Timmy Hernandez was working with the first unit, as was Trevon Bradford. Jordan Villamin, who is off to a slow start this season having only four catches for 32 yards, worked with the second unit receivers.

Bolden is not worried about the early season struggles of Villamin.

“Jordan is doing a great job of working hard and doing what the coaches are asking of him,” Bolden said.  “He has so much experience, he knows what to do.”

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