Spring notebook - Day 3

OSU QUARTERBACK LYLE MOEVAO was razor sharp on Friday, connecting on a variety of throws to a number of receivers. Up front, the feel good story of the offseason hit a high water mark as Una Smiley took the field for the first time as a Beaver. But another incoming offensive lineman has left campus. Meanwhile, Shane Morales and James Rodgers continue to catch everything thrown their way.

Apr. 4

- Practice Recap and perspective -

After looking solid on Monday and then not so sharp Wednesday, Lyle Moevao was most definitely "on" during Friday's session. Shane Morales, James Rodgers, Sammie Stroughter and Darrell Catchings all had nice grabs on the day, most of them off the arm of Moevao. Morales has looked particularly sharp in the early going this week.

Ryan Katz looks to be over any first day jitters he might have had earlier this week and has shown an inability to pick things up quickly and some real nice decisions that belie his freshman status.

QB Sean Canfield was throwing for the first time on Friday, but with his right arm. He is expected to be back at full health by the time fall camp rolls around.

Spring ball is only three days old but running back Ryan McCants looks to have met already lofty expectations that were placed on him coming in.

and A big back, what has stood out this spring and again on Friday was his ability to make sharp cuts and explode vertically -- most backs his size (6-1, 236) simply do not have that burst.

Jeremy Francis has been getting most of work with the ones this week as the Beavers completed the third of three NCAA mandated practices with less than full pads, with McCants and Patrick Fuller also getting their work in. Francis has certainly had his moments, he also exceeded early expectations so far this spring. But look for McCants to get increased reps with the starting unit when the Beavs go full contact starting on Monday.

Today marked a mostly significant milestone for Oregon State offensive tackle Una Smiley.

Back in December of '06, Smiley was shot while on an official visit to New Mexico. Some reports say four bullets hit Smiley, some say five. All struck the legs below the knee. Nerve damage that left Smiley not knowing if he would ever walk normally again, let alone be able to return to the form that earned him second team JC Grid-Wire All-America honors at Palomar CC.

Oregon State offensive tackle Vil Nau, previously on campus and at spring practice but not suiting up as he waited for his junior college paperwork, has left the Oregon State.

It is not known if Nau will return but if he does, it will not be this quarter with summer session being the earliest.

Cornerback Brandon Hughes has been selected as one of 42 players on the 2008 Lott Trophy Watch List, awarded annually to the player who best exhibits integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity (I.M.P.A.C.T).

Hughes has made 31 starts in the secondary, racking up 57 tackles last season, the fifth-highest total on the team. He also tied for fifth in the league with 12 pass deflections.


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- Riley says -

On Jeremy Francis - "I'm excited about Jeremy Francis. We already have a good feeling about McCants. He continues to work hard and grow. He hasn't played, yet, but I feel like he has. He looks good to me.


Spring camp essentials:


Spring game and FeverFest:

The Spring Game and FeverFest is Sat., May 3 at 1 p.m. FeverFest includes the full Fan Fair at Parker Plaza. Advanced tickets are available at the legendary Gill Coliseum ticket office for $5 or at the Reser Stadium south ticket office booths on game-day.

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