Friday Afternoon Vault: News and notes

HEADED INTO THE weekend seems the perfect time to catch up on some news and notes coming out of Planet Beav the past few days. The OSU hoops season will come to a close tonight, with the Beavs taking on UTEP in Game 3 of the CBI Finals. In football, it's two practices down, 13 more to go as spring drills are poised to enter the full contact phase.

In football gridiron news, Oregon State tight end Kevin Pankey will not practice this spring due to a knee injury. He is expected to be ready for fall camp, but there are a whole lot of players who entered spring ball ahead of him on the depth chart.

Players that have stood out in the early helmets-only going include, not surprisingly, the receivers -- Jordan Bishop, Casey Kjos and Geno Munoz have all had their moments in the first two days.

The advent of full pads and contact, possibly taking place today during the Beavs' third practice, will allow other positional players, such as linebackers and both lines, more opportunities to stand out as spring football moves forward.

On Day 2, running with the ones on the o-line on Wednesday were LT Colin Kelly, LG Ryan Pohl, C Alex Linnenkohl, RG Gregg Peat and RT Mike Remmers.

Remmers was ticketed for the left tackle spot a couple months ago because that's traditionally where you put your best blocking tackle -- so he can protect the blind side of the quarterback. But that gets reversed when you have a southpaw quarterback like Sean Canfield. So Remmers is lining up on the right side.

Lyle Moevao won't even be allowed to throw until early-July, probably about four weeks before fall camp. His entire rotator cuff was rebuilt and his biceps tendon repaired during surgery in March. What does it mean? Well, it would seem more and more likely Sean Canfield will be the man this year.

Projections of being able to throw in July doesn't mean Moevao will take a few weeks and then pick up from where he left off. It's a different injury and everyone responds differently to surgery, but consider it took Canfield nearly an entire year before he was 100 percent after his shoulder surgery -- much longer than originally forecast.

The latest word from OSU on Jacquizz Rodgers, who is coming off shoulder surgery, is that he "could be back sometime the middle of next week in limited fashion.''

Spring ball is often about seeing what you've got in the youth cupboard, and then planning accordingly for the offseason and fall camp. While the Beavs would of course love to have Quizz out there knocking helmets this spring, Oregon State already knows what they have in Quizz. And they'd be foolish to risk an injury setback that would potentially delay his return to full health. Get Quizz ready for fall, that's what matters most.

MEANWHILE, OREGON STATE meets UTEP tonight for the CBI title in El Paso in a decisive third game. Oregon State (17-18) would dearly love to put the exclamation mark on a resurgent season under first year head man Craig Robinson.

Win or lose, the future looks bright for Oregon State on the hardcourt. But here's the thing -- the players desperately want to ride into the hoops offseason on the heels of a win. It's one game, on the road, for all the marbles. The game will be broadcast at 7 pm on HDNet.

Keep an eye out for if Seth Tarver heats up early -- and if that happens, things look good for Oregon State. Roeland Schaftenaar also needs to quiet the crowd and have a big second half.

Most importantly, however, the Beavs must play tight defense and force turnovers, something they didn't do in Game 2. Oregon State's offense feeds off its defense, and the Beavers have played their best basketball when they've used aggressively their 1-3-1 trap.

FROM THE BF.C vault, a couple interesting notes from around this time last year.

Special teams are so important, and in more ways than one. Beaver Gerard Lawson back during the 2007 season wasn't on many NFL radars -- he was primarily a backup corner at OSU, but also a special teams standout. Wouldn't you know it, he drew some attention from The League with kickoff returns of 52 and 38 yards in the postseason Hula Bowl and for good measure, added a slobberknocker stick while on kickoff coverage.

Lawson was later signed by Cleveland as an undrafted free agent after the draft and if you go to the Cleveland Browns website today, you'll see his name still appears on their roster as he heads into his second professional season. Without his devotion to special teams while at OSU, that doesn't happen.

As evidence of how things can and do change in recruiting, last spring an Oregon newspaper reported OSU coaches had not been in contact with Reggie Dunn - the highly regarded receiver from Los Angeles who first signed with OSU as part of the 2008 class but failed to qualify academically the first time around. The report went on to say that Beaver fans shouldn't expect him to play at OSU. Dunn ended up signing with the Beavs in February and will be at OSU fall camp in August.

BF.C will have reports up later tonight on both Day 3 of the spring session and on the OSU-UTEP clash on the hardcourt.


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