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