IN PRACTICE ON Thursday at Oregon State, the No. 1 offensive and defensive units practiced separately, the offense at Reser, the defense inside the Truax indoor facility. On offense, the performer of the day was without a doubt receiver Shane Morales. But there were several other other storylines being authored as well.
It was a shells and shorts session on Thursday and BF.C watched the the offense in Reser for the day. Good thing too, as Shane Morales put on a grabmaster clinic. Morales caught everything that came his way Thursday -- even those which looked to be well out of reach.
Morales leads the Beavs through five games in both receptions (29) and receiving yardage (380). Nipping at his heels are Sammie Stroughter, with 26 grabs for 329 yards, and James Rodgers, who has 24 catches for 277 hashes. Each has three TD receptions.
Jacquizz Rodgers was in rhythm all day long running the ball, so did Ryan McCants, though it was not full contact. McCants ended up carrying a few more times on Thursday than recent practice sessions, perhaps because Washington State, and their opponents, in three Pac-10 games, have each gone to their bench early after the game's outcome was no longer in doubt.
Lyle Moevao looked very effective, particularly on the designed rollouts Beaver fans have seen Oregon State run this year. Moevao has improved every facet of his game from last season through the season's first five contests, and making passes on the run is no exception, though there remains room for improvement.
Moevao was, however, picked off on a couple of occasions, once by Keo Camat on a tipped pass attempt and the other time by Josh LaGrone.
Reserve Kaua Olds followed up a solid scout team performance from the day before -- the scout team defensive play of the day was his pass break up on what looked to be a sure TD throw to Stroughter.
Stroughter, who was limping earlier in the week, seemed just fine on Thursday and participated in most plays.
Receivers Chris Johnson and Darryl Catchings also saw considerable action.
The o-line practiced separately at one point their scout team counterparts while the offense ran skelly.
Mark the date and time. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh, regarded fondly by Beavs fans who attend practice for his salty and entertaining ways of motivating his troops, appeared quite pleased with the way the o-line went about working on their blocking technique.
You can certainly tell that fall is here. It rained, it was sunny and at times the cold wind was blowing strong. It was quite cold inside the stadium with the wind-chill and a couple of players were wearing sweat pants.
Sean Canfield had very few reps Thursday, certainly less than earlier in the week. He didn't, however, appear to be struggling or having any issues with throwing the ball.