CORVALLIS -- The first team units scrimmaged against each other about 10-12 snaps Wednesday and while much of the focus has been on the o-line and the return of Tavita Thompson this week, don't forget about the Oregon State defensive ends. Victor Butler kicked off the practice session with a "sack" of QB Lyle Moevao on the very first play.
The return of RT Tavita Thompson couldn't have been at a better time and gives the Beavs, in addition to an experienced veteran, flexibility. Left tackle Andy Levitre sat out practice because of illness and Thompson, who has been practicing quite well all this year going back to the spring, didn't have any difficulty filling in over on the left side, knocking a blitzing linebacker on his back to the ground on one occasion. Levitre is expected to be back for Thursday's session.
The cooler temperatures in Corvallis, as the calendar fast approaches November, looked to be having an impact on the kickoff distances, as starter Justin Kahut and backup Matt Barker failed to boot it into the end-zone during Wednesday's session. Barker seemed to get more hang time than Kahut.
The chill didn't seem to slow down James Rodgers, who looked good returning kicks -- although the absence of tackling and full contact makes it difficult to judge the Beavs in either coverage or on returns.
Morales, in what has become a consistent theme during the practice week, looked the most consistent among the offensive bunch on Wednesday, catching everything that came his way.
The defense later came up with a pick on a tipped pass by the receiver. Austin Hall picked it off, but Quizz surprised him by almost ripping it back.
Sean Canfield looks to be nearly back at his full strength and he seems more agile with each passing week. When the twos scrimmaged on Wednesday, he surprised most everyone and ran for a solid 10 yards. The play seemed to fire everyone up.
The practice soon moved to the No. 1 units pairing off with their respective scout teams, one on each half of Reser. Corner Keenan Lewis picked one off and ran back in to the other half, prompting a few, "Stay on your side," jabs from the offensive players.
Coach Joe Seumalo had his D-linemen work on new moves. At one point, head man Mike Riley stopped and, holding every receiver's attention, explaining the importance of finishing their routes to keep the defenders in check.
Kyle Brown, a sophomore WR who has seen most of his time on the scout team this season, injured his Achilles on Tuesday and would appear virtually certain to miss the remainder of the season.
David Ross made things difficult for WR Darrell Catchings on Wednesday -- there were at least 3 occasions where he broke up the pass from Catchings' hands.