Spring Notebook - Final update

A collection of news and notes from the 2006 Oregon State football practice sessions.

Spring recaps:


Day 15 - Apr. 29 - SPRING GAME

Short recap - Despite the offense being ahead of the defense for the majority of April it was the defense that had people talking at the conclusion of the annual spring game.

Strong play by the secondary resulted in three interceptions, including a 41-yard return by S Sabby Piscitelli for a touchdown.  DE Jeff Van Orsow and LB Alan Darlin both put in solid days with Van Orsow grabbing three sacks and Darlin leading all players with eight tackles.

QB Matt Moore finished the day completed 12 of 16 for 112 yards, one touchdown and one interception.  QB Sean Canfield completed 8 of 22 for 115 yards and one touchdown. RB Clinton Polk led all running backs with 20 carries for 44 yards.  Polk and WR Brandon Powers led all receivers catching 3 passes for 63 yards apiece.

WR Sammie Stroughter and TE James Otuhiva sat out due to injuries.  RB Yvenson Bernard did not play due to coach's decision.


Day 14 - Apr. 26

Short recap - The spring scrimmage is just around the corner as the first team offense and second team defense will be team one while the first team defense and the second team offense will be team 2.  Several players will suit up for both squads.


Day 13 - Apr. 24

Short recap - WR Anthony Wheat-Brown made his return after sitting out a week and performed splendidly catching several passes in the middle of the field. WR Anthony Crosby made a diving catch down the sidelines that was reminiscent of Chad Johnson's catch in the 2000 Civil War.

QB Matt Moore and QB Sean Canfield looked good as well getting rid of the ball quickly while making strong, accurate throws.

Defensively, CB Bryan Payton performed well again snatching another pick and getting his hands on several others. LB Joey LaRocque also looked good grabbing an INT and having several touch sacks. S Sabby Piscitelli took it easy after tweaking his shoulder in Saturday's scrimmage.

Coach Mike Riley said that Saturday's scrimmage will feature two teams.

"We are going to have two teams, we have just enough people to do that. We are thin at tight end, so there will be one tight end (Joe Newton, Jason Vandiver) on each team."


Day 12 - Apr. 22

Short recap - The defense shined with big hits from S Al Afalava and LB Derrick Doggett while CB Keenan Lewis took a shot on the offensive side of the ball catching a 42-yard bomb.

QB Matt Moore completed 8 of 19 passes for 87 yards while RB Patrick Fuller led the rushing attack with eight carries for 81 yards, including a 51-yard romp.

"There was some good give-and-take today,"  Coach Mike Riley said. "There were some good runs, some great hits and there weren't too many penalties. It was all pretty good today."


Day 11 - Apr. 21

Short recap - TE James Otuhiva sat out his second consecutive day of practice while WR Sammie Stroughter sat out drills with a left knee sprain.  He is out the remainder of April.  WR Anthony Wheat-Brown returned to practice, but only participated in drills.

Gary Beck is the team's new offensive graduate assistant as GA Scott Turner is moving to Virginia to he a high school head coach.  Beck and Riley were high school teammates in 1970 at Corvallis High.  Beck will coach the tight ends.


Day 10 - Apr. 19

Short recap - TE James Otuhiva sat out with a sore knee while TE Jason Vandiver returned to drills.  WR Anthony Wheat-Brown missed his third consecutive practice while WR Sammie Stroughter tweaked his knee.

S Sabby Piscitelli continues to rack up the interceptions with two more as the quarterbacks struggled to stay on target.


Day 9 - Apr. 17

Short recap - The defensive line put in their best performance of April as Curtis Coker and William Vea dominated the middle. QB Matt Moore struggled to find open receivers as S Sabby Piscitelli snagged two interceptions.

WR Anthony Wheat-Brown sat out again as did TE Jason Vandiver who was shook up after a hit on Saturday.


Day 8 - Apr. 15

Short recap - In the first scrimmage of spring QB Sean Canfield and RB Clinton Polk turned on solid performances.  Canfield completed 9 of 14 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown while Polk carried the ball 10 times for 62 yards and one score.  RB Yvenson Bernard was held out of the scrimmage to avoid injury while WR Anthony Wheat-Brown sat out due to a leg injuries.

S Sabby Piscitelli turned in a fine day with several pass deflections while DE Jeff Van Orsow recorded three touch sacks.

Coach Mike Riley called the scrimmage "clean."

"The whole football team needs more work," Riley said. "We made a lot of progress procedurally. It was a pretty clean scrimmage. We did a pretty good job of handling the game. We just have to keep going."


Day 7 - Apr. 14

Short recap - QB Matt Moore continues to look sharp getting rid of the ball quickly and making the correct decision.  The secondary had a decent day, particularly Brandon Hughes, who bounced back from a rough practice on Apr. 12.  WR Anthony Wheat-Brown continues to struggle through leg injuries.

WR Ruben Jackson did not practice due to violating team rules.


Day 6 - Apr. 12

Short recap - The offense put on a show with QB Matt Moore, the starting receivers, RB Clinton Polk and RB Yvenson Bernard headlining the act. 

DE Dorian Smith practiced for the first time.  OL James Otuhiva has been moved to TE for badly needed depth.


Day 5 - Apr. 10

Short recap - RB Nate Wright leaves the program in search of playing time as the offense works on the running game.  DE Dorian Smith watched practice in street clothes and is expected to start practicing this week.

TE Joe Newton dominated the red zone action using his big frame to shield off defenders.  WR Anthony Wheat-Brown tweaked his hamstring and sat out several drills.


Day 4 - Apr. 8

Short recap - The first serious shuffle broke out as C Kyle DeVan, LB Isiah Cook and DE Joe Ruldulph among several others were involved. When the dust settlted Rudulph was kicked out of practice for a forearm to the back of Devan's helmet.


Day 3 - Apr. 7

Short recap - S Sabby Piscitelli turned in a strong day deflecting several passes as the secondary starts to jell.  The "starting" receivers continue to shine as the offensive line gives all of the quarterbacks plenty of time to throw.  It looks like QB Sean Canfield may be distancing himself from Ryan Gunderson for the No. 2 spot.

DE Dorian Smith is expected to be practicing by Wednesday of next week while LB Andy Darkins' bicep surgery was successful.


Day 2 - Apr. 5

Short recap - The offense continued to light it up as the coaches added new plays, but the defense countered with several interceptions.  WR Marcel Love, RB Clinton Polk, DE Joe Rudulph, and DE Victor Butler all practiced after missing the first day of practice.


Day 1 - Apr. 3

Short recap - QB Matt Moore and TE Joe Newton looked fully healed from their knee injuries. Moore is wearing a brace on his knee. Two players are out rehabbing - walk on RB Tony Carrasco and LB Eddie Stamm.

Junior college transfers DE Dorian Smith and RB Clinton Polk were not at practice but are expected to enroll in school soon. DE Victor Butler and Joe Rudulph missed practice due to transportation issues.  WR Marcel Love is expected to be back in school soon and was on the sidelines. DE Joe Lemma was at practice but did not participate.

The offense looked better than the defense as receivers Sammie Stroughter, Anthony Wheat-Brown and Ruben Jackson all shined. RB Yvenson Bernard had a commanding presence.


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