SPRING BALL DAY 7: Riley not thrilled

MORE INCLEMENT WEATHER in Corvallis forced the Oregon State football team indoors to Truax on Monday. There were some bright spots from the seventh spring practice -- defensive end Ben Terry and corner Tim Clark and the Beaver secondary to name a few -- but on balance, like the weather outside, the bottom line was a mediocre day in the eyes of Beavers' head man Mike Riley.

"It was okay," said Mike Riley. "We can do better than this, it always kind of ebbs and flows with more installation, with the more stuff we put in. It kind of holds back the speed of practice with the quickness of learning, but the enthusiasm was still good, and there is some good stuff we can draw from this. But we can do better than that."

Senior defensive end Ben Terry, however, was doing pretty good on Monday. In fact, he's looking more and more like the pass rushing injection the Oregon State defense needs after the losses of Slade Norris and Victor Butler.

On a number of plays on Monday afternoon, Terry made easy work of the offensive line, getting into the backfield and causing disruption to the play.

In offensive/defensive line drills, Terry burned by sophomore offensive tackle Mike Remmers to make a play on Ryan McCants in the backfield. In the same drill, Terry was blasted by offensive tackle Colin Kelly and had his helmet fly off -- but still pursued the ball carrier downfield.

Terry is listed as 243 pounds but moves with the quickness commonly found in pass rushers extraordinaire.

THE SECONDARY LOOKED solid on Monday with senior cornerback Tim Clark the vocal leader of a young group -- one that will need to step up with many holes to fill.

During the first session of skelly, Clark broke up a Ryan Katz pass intended for slotback Casey Kjos that was all but right in the junior's hands.

Safety Suaesi Tuimaunei was a disruptive presence as well. The junior was able to break up two potential Sean Canfield - Casey Kjos connections -- a hookup that has become ever so consistent this spring.

Tuimaunei is looking to replace fan favorite Al Afalava in an inexperienced secondary that could be the key to the Beavers' defense this year. Behind Tuimaunei on the pre-spring depth chart is Cameron Collins. At the other safety position, Lance Mitchell is followed by Josh LaGrone and Cameron Collins.

ON THE OFFENSIVE side of the ball, senior quarterback Sean Canfield continues to lead the first team offense, with sophomore running back Jacquizz Rodgers lining up behind him except in contact situations. Quizz continues to be the only Beaver in shorts, held out from non-contact drills for the duration of the spring.

Quizz, however, was seen tossing the ball around in warm ups and on one occasion, let one fly a good distance, so his shoulder does seem to be healing well. Senior quarterback Lyle Moevao was seen for the first time in weeks without a sling supporting his right arm. But the Gunnin' Samoan is still months away from being back, with a target day of early July set for when he'll start throwing with heat on the ball.

Canfield continued to produce results, but there were a few too many drops on Monday for Riley's liking. Canfield did connect with junior wideout Darrell Catchings on numerous occasions, and the Canfield-Kjos connection was good on at least three occasions.

In the "Red Ball" drills, it was the Katz show, however, as he led the second team on a scoring drive that produced hoots and hollers from teammates. The freshman quarterback was unconscious on the first drive, completing four of five passes, and capping the drive by lofting a pass to Casey Kjos for a touchdown.

IN SPECIAL TEAMS, junior kicker Justin Kahut booted a 38 yard field goal indoors straight down the middle of the uprights while Patrick Henderson made his case to take on the role of "Gerard Lawson" in the kick return position.

The senior cornerback has some of the same quickness and versatility that Lawson had in his career with Oregon State, and could be the playmaker that the Beavers special teams is looking for after the loss of Sammie Stroughter.

Terry also produced during special teams practice, getting in between linemen and blocking a Matt Barker field goal attempt.

NOTABLE NOTES:
Sophomore guard Michael Lamb was injured on the last day of practice on Friday and did not dress for practice on Monday. He has yet to have an MRI and his status is undetermined. Lamb came into the spring atop the depth chart at right guard.

The offensive line in Lamb's absence did not have a particularly good day if the volume level from coach Mike Cavanaugh was any indication. Cavanaugh is almost always vocal but there was more heat than normal coming from the Beavs o-line mastermind on Monday.

Sophomore CB Brandon Hardin, (quadriceps) sat out Monday's practice. Hardin is locked in a battle with Henderson, James Dockery and Keynan Parker for the starting job at right corner opposite Clark on the left side.

QUOTABLE QUOTES:
Riley on the young receivers Jordan Bishop and Geno Munoz.
"They have all had their moments. Jordan Bishop has made a ton of plays, Geno Munoz has made quite a few plays, and so they kind of share that part of it so far, but they both have ability and they both have a lot to learn."

Riley on walk-on Damola Adeniji:
"(Damola) is a very talented athlete, and has made a number of plays that have flashed during Spring practice so far. For him it is a big matter of consistency and detail of what we are doing."

Riley on Lyle Moevao and his recovery process:
"Today's the day to step out of his sling. And then we will see.. I think it is another six weeks, pretty much like this with light rehab before he takes another big step in rehab, so he finished phase one of his rehab today."


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