Moevao on target, Riley audio and more

CORVALLIS -- Oregon State has begun game week preparations earlier than normal with the opener at Stanford scheduled for Thursday night. Lyle Moevao, after the defense's strong outing the day before, came out strong from the opening snap on Friday and turned in another solid outing, there's more audio from Mike Riley, Sammie Stroughter turned in the play of the day and more.

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It was another picture perfect day for football in Corvallis. Practice was again held at Reser Stadium.

Special teams
The units had more contact in kick and punt returning drills than had been the norm. Both of the units seemed to be doing relatively okay but coach Dave Ungerer was not satisfied and wasn't shy about letting the players know about it.

Kicker Justin Kahut and punter John Hekker enjoyed their first team status with solid outings, while second team reps were split among the rest of the respective groups.

Riley's receivers
This is where Mike Riley has been spending the majority of his practice time with lately and Friday was no different. After an early round of drills, the receivers practiced a number of drills, with the veterans having a good session.

The defense owned the previous day's practice and Lyle Moevao came out looking to answer on Friday. He did so in a big way.


On the mark from the get-go, Moevao completed every one of his passes in his first set of reps, distributing the ball to Shane Morales (pictured), James Rodgers and Sammie Stroughter.

None of the plays went for particularly long yardage, but crisp routes were involved and steady yardage was gained.

Justin Engstrom on his turn connected with Damola Adeniji and Casey Kjos, the latter pulling in another preceded by a missed connection. The second time around for Moevao, he continued his streak, connecting with Howard Croom, James Rodgers and Morales.

Moevao completed all of his passes in the skelly, the defense took away the long ball and had tight coverage and avoided any long bomb attempts.

Red zone skelly
If Moevao was hot in the opening skeleton drills, and he was, he was equally so in the red zone portion. He hooked up with James Rodgers, Stroughter, Jacquizz Rodgers and John Reese for TDs.


Each one of those completions was better than the one before, and Moevao placed the throws right where only the offensive target could make the catch -- not a whole lot more the defense could have done on those plays. Stroughter reeled in a spectacular catch, while Quizz went high over Keaton Kristick to score his TD (pictured).

Reese has been doing quite well in the receiving game of late. If he can continue to improve his blocking, more playing time could well follow.

Engstrom couldn't find success initially, with the defense locking down on the receivers.

He did manage to find Reese for his lone TD of the drill (pictured).


Kjos appeared wide open on one play, but Austin Hall managed to bring him down on what looked to be a fairly obvious pass interference call.

Moevao looked in command in the drill, while the defense put together some solid plays when Engstrom was under center.

Hurry up, no huddle offense
Quizz started things off with a nice run. Darrell Catchings, who had been slightly slowed down by injury, came out strong with a couple of nice grabs in traffic (pictured).

The offense was reminded again by the coaches to better manage the clock. There was definitely a serious tone from the coaches on the offensive side today, another reminder that the kickoff to the '08 season is less than a week away.


The defense was all over the second string offense here on Friday. They batted passes down and stopped cold the only rush attempt. It was a real collective, successful defensive effort until Engstrom found Kjos for a TD on the final play. It was debatable whether Kjos would have been able to get into the end zone had the defense had full license to go ahead and tackle.

Scout teams
The Beaver coaches introduced some of the game plan for Stanford on Friday, with the No. 1 offense and defense going up against the scout teams playing the role of the Cardinal. Riley was closely overseeing the proceedings and the two units practiced for a good hour.

Special teams
Play of the day Sammie Stroughter's one handed TD grab of Moevao's pass. Brandon Hughes had good positioning, but Stroughter corralled it just before he went out of bounds (pictured).

Contact has been limited since the last formal scrimmage with the coaches looking to minimize injuries with Thursday's tilt looming.


The offense had a good outing on Friday and in looking at the big picture, look to be shaping up quite well. Even most of the backups have been hitting on all cylinders for the most part, with a number of noteworthy efforts turned in on Friday. Depth, at more than a few positions on offense, does not appear to be much of an issue on offense if the last several practice sessions are any indication.

The defense has shown flashes of brilliance and the key might be if they can stay clear of the injury bug -- they should be in decent shape if they can stay healthy headed into the opener.

The special teams are gaining polish, and are slowly beginning to take shape and form. Veterans will likely need to step up big time, however, with James Dockery, one of the Beavs' key special teamers, having missed recent practice time. There's more from Riley in the above audio clip.

Moevao has had a very good camp and he had a great day of practice on Friday, his focus was again noticeable. It seemed fairly obvious Moevao wanted to keep the defense from seizing the upper hand like they did the previous day. And he was right on target from the very first snap.

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