PM SESSION: Moevao goes video, Canfield w/ 2s

CORVALLIS -- The pass defense has been markedly stout of late but QB Lyle Moevao was the one shining brightest under the lights of Reser Stadium on Monday in the second of two practices. Sean Canfield, who has been fighting through soreness from shoulder surgery, did throw during the session and was running with the second team.

Compared to the morning session, the evening one was less physical with players in shells and shorts. Moeavo and the receivers had themselves a day. And Sean Canfield, whom Mike Riley hopes will be ready by the time the opener rolls around on Aug. 28, did throw as with the No. 2 offense for a portion of the practice.

11 vs. none
Just like morning session, the focus was on the details in the offensive drills. There were at least three occasions where the coaches had the the offense run the play again in order to smooth out the rough edges. Things went smoothly for the most part.

11 vs. 11
The focus was on the running attack, with the o-line doing a nice job in their blocking schemes. Important to note here: the line shares some of the credit must go to tight ends, who were blocking lights out in concert with their teammates on the line's interior. Sean Canfield took the reps with the second string offense, a good sight for Beaver fans to see amid growing concerns about his ability to be the backup by the season opener, now just 16 days away.

Mike Riley doesn't hold a session with the media on the evening practices but the Portland Tribune ran a story Monday night saying it was time to be officially worried about Canfield's availability for the opener as well as season, with Canfield quoted as saying; "'I know my body, and it's not right." So it will be interesting to see if the head man has an update on Canfield on Tuesday after he threw with the 2's on Monday night.

Skelly
Sammie Stroughter fooled the defense for a TD on a tight throw by Moevao. Jacquizz Rodgers managed to make a tumbling catch and hold on, prompting some cheers from the crowd. Tim Clark tried to pick a Moevao pass to Darrell Catchings but it hit Catchings on the arm, went up the air, came down out of reach of Clark and fell back right in the arms of Catchings. Canfield hooked up with Damola Adeniji in traffic. Chris Johnson put one heck of move on a corner, but Moevao's pass was a tad little overthrown. Coach Riley gave credit to both out on the field, Johnson for his route and Moevao for his recognition on the play.

11 vs. 11
Brandon Hughes showed nice recognition himself, reading the run and getting in the backfield to muck things up. It was a heads up play by Hughes -- looked like a potential big gainer. Jacquizz Rodgers managed to thread the needle along the sidelines. It was a mystery how he managed to find a seam to run through. Canfield found Casey Kjos for a good gain. Kjos had both a LB and a DB on him, but Canfield still managed to find him for the completion. Moevao hits Stroughter on the helmet and the rebound shot up high in air. Keenan Lewis made a dash and full length dive for the ball but came up short.

Red zone skelly
Say hello to touchdowns. Lyle Moevao was simply on fire -- it looked like he was throwing passes like the top rated QB in a video game. On the first round, he connected with Stroughter thrice, Shane Morales and Jacquizz Rodgers once apiece for scores. Justin Engstrom seems to gain some confidence from the offensive success, and had a nice TD strike to Kjos on a play where the receiver adjusted smartly to the pass and beat the corner on the jump. One the next set of reps, Moevao throws for yet another four TDs in rapid succession -- Stroughter, both Rodgers brothers and Darrell Catchings were on the receiving end. Catchings' grab was a thing of beauty, by the way. He beat out the DB coverage with some nice physical play.

Skelly
Moevao continued the hot streak with still more TD passes to Stroughter and his grabmasters. Aaron Nichols made a nice dive into the end zone for one of the scores. But as impressive as Moevao's number of end zone visits was, just as impressive was that when it wasn't there, he didn't get carried away and try to force it. Moevao actually threw away at least three of his passes when no receivers were open and there was too much risk. The coaches seemed to be pleased he wasn't trying too hard to make things happen when it wasn't there. Later, Suaesi Tuimaunei became the latest victim of Jacquizz's magical moves, and might still be pondering how Quizz evaded him near the goal line. The small crowd on hand Monday night just went nuts and applauded for quite a while.

Play(s) of the day, Part I
Lyle Moevao and Sammie Stroughter. By this count they must have hooked up for around 10 TD passes on Monday night.

Play of the day Part II
Jacquizz and James Rodgers. As is customary in fall camps around the country, the Beavs will be looking to keep some things under wraps -- and especially with a Pac-10 road opener followed by a trip to Penn State the first two weeks of the season, so that's all we'll say about the second play of the day.

Summary
Moevao may have had the best practice of his Oregon State career on Monday night. He read routes well and threw to the open receivers right on the money. Even when on a hot streak, he didn't hesitate to throw the ball away when no receivers were open. Oh, and he was consistently right on target. Add it all up and it shows his mat urination as a QB, one who has a much better understanding of the game and Oregon State offense. Stroughter and crew have been running great routes, but you also have to give a lot of credit for Moevao for his ability to find his targets. It was great to see Sean Canfield back, participating in drills and a couple of the scrimmages with the No. 2 offense.


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