Spring Camp - Final notebook

A day-by-day look at Oregon State's 2007 spring football camp.

Apr. 2

 

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An overcast day with the sun peaking through the clouds at times greeted Oregon State for the opening of spring camp. RB Patrick Fuller rejoined the team while Keith Robertson, Joe Halahuni and Walker Vave among others practiced for the first time.

WR Anthony Brown dropped the "Wheat" in his last name and will be just Anthony Brown.

As expected, DE Jeff Van Orsow and LG Jeremy Perry sat out, but were on the sidelines instructing their teammates. WR Matt Sieverson and WR Casey Kjos, as expected, also sat out. TE Gabe Miller participated in some drills, but not the scrimmages. LB Derrick Doggett (back spasms) and OT Roy Schuening (hamstring) did not participate, but are expected back shortly.

Keenan Lewis, Bryan Payton and Keaton Kristick all had interceptions, all thrown by Lyle Moevao.

OT Michael Cole was expected to be in spring camp, but will not be in Corvallis until the fall.

Overall, the practice went very smooth for the first of the month.

 

- Riley says -

On the practice - “It was a good start today. With the number of returners we have we can hit the ground running and somewhat make it look like football. We ended the season with some momentum and we just need to utilize that and keep things going.”

 

Apr. 4

 

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Another overcast, but dry day greeted the Oregon State football team as they practiced on the grass again

OG Roy Schuening suited up for the first time this spring after sitting out to rest his hamstring. LB Derrick Doggett continued to sit out with back spasms.

The secondary continued to play at a high level as the receivers struggled to hold onto the ball. CB Tim Clark picked off a Ryan Gunderson pass.

The team throws on the pads for the first time Friday.

 

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On the secondary - "Pretty darn good.  I have been impressed with the speed.  Derrick Doggett isn't even practicing right now and he is one of our fastest players.  Our defense looks fast. Our corners - it is really neat to see - because all of those who have watched our team have seen those corners come from young freshman that were getting burned to really reliable, good, consistent players.  That is one of the most exciting parts to me."

 

Apr. 6

 

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The team practiced in pads for the first time this month.

LB Derrick Doggett sat out for the third straight practice with back spasms.  OG Roy Schuening missed his second practice with a nagging hamstring injury.

 

Apr. 7

 

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Rain forced the team inside the practice facility for the first time this month.

WR Sammie Stroughter impressed as quarterbacks Lyle Moevao and Sean Canfield turned in sharp performances.

S James Dockery recorded an interception.

 

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On the quarterbacks - "Sean is more comfortable with the offense, as he should be. This is his third spring practice and this is Lyle's first. But I thought Lyle made some really nice touch throws today. "There are so many balls that the quarterback has to throw that aren't just your 96-mph fastball, that you gotta put some feel on it, even though for you and for me it's a big throw - it's 30 yards down the field, it's got a little bit of a loop to it, so they can throw over a linebacker and get it down before the secondary can get there. And Lyle's starting to get a feel for those throws in our offense.''

 

Apr. 9

 

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Stormy skys once again forced the Men in Black inside as the coaches implemented two minute sets.

CB Coye Francies sat out with a hamstring injury as Roy Schuening returned to practice.

 

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On spring practice so far - "What we are into is putting all different parts of a season together. We put in some two minute stuff today and some short yardage stuff coming on Wednesday. We've got most of our third down and red zone stuff in. Helping other guys develop, grow in the system - all those parts come together as a team. We are making progress, it sure has been smooth."

 

Apr. 11

 

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Stormy weather once again forced the team indoors.

The offense looked sharp as WR Sammie Stroughter continues to dominate along with WR Aaron Nichols.  CB Coye Francies sat out for the second straight practice as LB Derrick Doggett remains on the sidelines.

 

Apr. 13

 

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The team took it easy as they gear up for their first scrimmage Saturday.

WR Brandon Powers sat out with knee tendonitis while CB Brandon Hughes had his ankle heavily wrapped.  WR Chris Johnson missed practice due to a family emergency. 

TE Gabe Miller is starting to run more as he participated in most of the drills wearing a red jersey.

WR Shane Morales, Sammie Stroughter and walk-on Damola Adeniji all made big catches Friday.

 

Apr. 14

 

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The Beaver defense dominated the 93-play scrimmage as several starters (Yvenson Bernard, Brandon Powers, Jeff Van Orsow, Roy Schuening, and Derrick Doggett) sat out allowing the second and third string players to display their talents.

The quarterbacks and receivers struggled against tight coverage and blustering wind as Sean Canfield, Ryan Gunderson, Lyle Moevao and Brennan Sim completed 15 of 42 pass attempts for 180 yards and one touchdown.  Gunderson took a collection of second and third team players on an 11-play 70-yard drive that culminated with a 31-yard pass to receiver Sam Oltman for the only touchdown pass.

Linebackers Joey LaRocque and Dennis Christopher each made an interception of Canfield to hinder the Beaver passing game. Backup safety Austin Hall had the other interception of the day, picking off a stray Gunderson pass.

 

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Overall impressions - "It certainly looked like the defense dominated and I'm not concerned about that right now. I was actually pretty pleased with the offense for only our eighth practice of the year. We ran the ball pretty consistently today, but we didn't throw the ball well to establish much there.  Our third-teamers actually got more work than anybody today and that was really the purpose of the scrimmage.  The younger and newer guys got a chance to finish plays; they don't have a chance to do that during regular practices. "

 

Apr. 16

 

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The monthly grind continued inside as the defense continued to play at a high level with S Daniel Drayton picking off two passes.

WR Brandon Powers remained out with Chris Johnson returning to the lineup.

 

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On Monday’s practice - “It was a good practice – good enthusiasm and work. We are keeping that level of work ethic up, which I expected a little bit of a fade today after the scrimmage, but I didn’t see it. I thought it was good.”

 

Apr. 18

 

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Stormy weather kept practice inside as LB Derrick Doggett works his way back into shape. 

RB Yvenson Bernard missed another practice, but not because of a injury, he signed up for a class that takes place on Monday and Wednesday. 

S Daniel Drayton continued to play well grabbing another interception as S Bryan Payton snagged one as well.

 

Apr. 20

 

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Practice got a little sloppy Friday as the dog days of spring set in and the team looks forward to Saturday's scrimmage at 11:30 a.m.

A host of seniors including Yvenson Bernard, Derrick Doggett, Alan Darlin. Brandon Powers, and Roy Schuening among others will all watch from the sidelines.  The coaches expect to run around 50 plays with the third string players receiving most of the repititions.

 

Apr. 20

 

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The offense did a 180 degree turn from a week ago as they scored four touchdowns, including a 16-play, 70-yard touchdown drive by QB Sean Canfield to open the scoring on an 8-yard pass to Anthony Brown.  RB Patrick Fuller led all ball carriers with 95 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.  Walkon receiver Damola Adeniji led all receives with three catches for 76 yards. 

QB Lyle Moevao improved from a week ago completing 4 of 6 for 109 yards while leading the team on a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive that culmulated in a two yard run by Fuller.

Defensive tackles Pernnell Booth and Mitchel Hunt both suffered knee injuries while William Vea sat out for the second straight practice.  Vea is expected to sit out the rest of the month.


Scoring Summary
Anthony Brown, 8-yard pass from Sean Canfield
Patrick Fuller, 2-yard run
Tony Carrasco, 1-yard run
Aaron Nichols, 8-yard pass from Brennan Sim


Statistics

Rushing (No-Yds-TD)
Patrick Fuller, 13-95-1; Andy Stewart, 4-12-0; Tony Carrasco, 16-35-1; Michael Sorem, 10-28-0; Chris Johnson, 1-0-0; Sean Canfield, 1-0-0; Tim Sim, 1-0-0


Passing (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)
Sean Canfield, 12-6-0-65-1; Ryan Gunderson, 11-5-0-62-0; Lyle Moevao, 6-4-109-0; Brennan Sim, 14-9-0-68-1


Receiving (No-Yds-TD)
Shane Morales, 2-24-0; Aaron Nichols, 2-14-1; Sam Oltman, 1-17-0; Parick Fuller, 2-8-0; John Reese, 1-19-0; Anthony Brown, 1-8-1; Andy Stewart, 2-14-0; Dan Weis, 2-25-0; Michael Sorem, 4-5-0; Damola Adeniji, 3-76-0; Brady Camp, 2-71-0; Matt Frosland, 1-15-0; Joe Halahuni, 1-8-0

 

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On the running back play - "Considering we didn't have Yv (Yvenson Bernard), Clinton (Polk) and Micah (Strickland) it was a good day for the backs.  They ran hard. Part of the reason we went as long as we did today was I have a big job getting down to 105 guys for fall camp, right now we are way over that number. This is a great chance for us to evaluate and see where guys are."

 

Apr. 23

 

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The team took it easy as they prepare for the spring game Saturday, Apr. 28. The Beavers last regular practice is this Wednesday.

DT Mitchel Hunt was on crutches after injurying his knee Saturday while DT Pernell Booth watched from the sidelines with a foot injury.

 

Apr. 25

 

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The team continued its preparations for the spring game Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Spring Game will be held from 1-3 p.m. Tickets to the game cost $5. Season tickets are now on sale for the six-game 2007 home season. Seating for the spring game will be available only on the east side, with the Club level open to the general public. Club level tickets are available for this season.

 

Apr. 28

 

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The black team topped the white team 20-14 in Oregon State annual spring game in front of 6,796 fans. The teams played two minute halves with 60-minute running clocks.

Quarterback Sean Canfield completed 17 of 30 attempts for 224 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the black squad while Lyle Moevao went 13 for 28 for 168 yards with one touchdown for with white team. Canfield was intercepted once by safety Greg Laybourn.

Running back Patrick Fuller was the the black squads leading rusher carrying the ball 10 times for 46 yards while Michael Soreum paced the white team with seven carries for 12 yards. Receiver Shane Morales led all receivers with four catches for 71 yards for the white unit while Aaron Nichols led the black team with four catches for 57 yards.

The biggest offensive play of the day came on the black team's third possesion of the day when Canfield flipped a shovel pass to running back Clinton Polk who then scampered 70 yards to pay dirt. The biggest defensive play of the day came on the next play when middle linebacker Bryant Cornell stripped Moevao of the ball and ran 42 yards for a touchdown.

Several starters, including Yvenson Bernard, Derrick Doggett, Alan Darlin, William ‘Akau’ola Vea, Roy Schuening and Jeff Van Orsow all sat out due to precautionary reasons.

 

Statistics

1st-Half Scoring

Black: Polk 70 pass from Canfield (Serna extra point good)

Black: Cornell 42 fumble return (Serna extra point good)

Black: Serna 45 field goal

Black: Serna 54 field goal

2nd-Half Scoring

White: Oltman 6 pass from Gunderson (Kahut extra point good)

White: Camp 16 pass from Moevao (Kahut extra point good)

Rushing
White: Sorem 7-12, Stewart 5-11, Carrasco 5-10, Gunderson 1-2, Johnson 1-0, Moevao 4-(-18).

Black: Fuller 10-46, Polk 9-31, Brown 1-5, Stewart 1-3, Canfield 9-(-41), Sim 1-(-7).

Passing
White: Moevao 13-28/168/1 TD/0 INT, Gunderson 7-13/75/1 TD/0 INT.

Black: Canfield 17-30/224/1 TD/1 INT, Sim 0-4/0/0 TD/0 INT.

Receiving
White: Morales 4-71, Camp 4-54, Oltman 4-35, Reese 3-37, Johnson 3-24, Brown 2-24, Stewart 1-(-1).

Black: Nichols 4-57, Kavanaugh 3-35, Halahuni 2-24, Adeniji 2-23, Polk 1-70, Fuller 2-(-1), Brown 1-4, Stroughter 1-3.

 

- Riley says -

On the scrimmage - "We have come a long way in some areas. We tried to divide the teams evenly...we had somewhere around 100 plays in there. It was good because for some of those guys it was there first chance to really play football in a game like situation with fans...every guy here got a lot of work today."

On the quarterbacks - "They both made some plays, but they were both insconsistent - that is the best way to describe it. I saw some really good things, it was kind of like spring ball - so we need the summer and fall to really get going and to be able to determine who will be the starting quarterback."

Backing running back -  It is an ongoing process of finding a guy who can can, number one, have ready if Eve can't play. And number 1A, go into the game and spell him a little bit. We didn't get to that point last year, although Clinton did go in and have a good game against USC. We are still evaluating and will take it into fall camp."

On Cornell's play - "It was a fake pass draw. Obviously Cornell didn't fall for it."

The safeties - On of the positions I am most pleased with is safety. We've got the guys that played last year - Al Afalava and Bryan Payton - and then we've got two other guys that are really good players and that have had really good springs - Daniel Drayton and Greg Laybourn - and then we've got a young guy today who played secondary and corner - James Dockery."


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