SCRIMMAGE: Canfield - 4 TDs, Catchings shines

CORVALLIS--So much for thoughts of a light scrimmage. OSU put on an offensive showcase and Sean Canfield and Darrell Catchings had starring roles. Indeed, Canfield picked apart the Beavs' first string secondary en route to 278 total yards passing and four touchdowns. Catchings, Canfield's favorite target on the day, posted a head turning 251 of 278 of the senior quarterback's total passing yards.

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Senior wideout Darrell Catchings was open all day, catching six passes from Sean Canfield for 251 yards and two TDs. On two long bomb consecutive scoring plays, Catchings was able to get behind coverage and find paydirt.

On the first, Catchings burned by junior cornerback James Dockery and sophomore safety Lance Mitchell and brought in a perfectly placed Sean Canfield pass. Mitchell nearly caught up to Catchings and tripped him up, but the receiver was able to out step the defender on his way into the end zone.

On the subsequent snap, Catchings burned by sophomore safeties Cameron Collins and Suaesi Tuimaunei and caught yet another perfectly thrown Canfield deep ball. Catchings sprinted down the field untouched for a touchdown. Those two plays went for 71 and 70 yards.

Later on in the scrimmage, Canfield found Catchings wide open, having beat Collins again, and the two hooked up for another long completion. Catchings almost wriggled away from the defender, but Collins brought him down short of the end zone.

Two plays later, Canfield found senior wideout Damola Adeniji in the back of the end zone for his third touchdown of the afternoon. The next possession, Canfield found his favorite target of the spring, junior slotback Casey Kjos, who dragged senior cornerback Tim Clark into the end zone with him for six.

Setting up the play was another Canfield-Catchings connection, which saw Tuimaunei committing a horse collar tackle on the receiver, tacking on another 15 yards to the play and setting up the offense in the red zone.

Quarterbacks are obviously protected during spring ball and fall camp so some of the gaudy totals from the afternoon would have probably been erased with sacks if the QBs had been fair game.

Still, even had those occurred, the Oregon State offense would still have dominated the defense through the air when the totals were added up. And, bottom line, the Beaver secondary on the day, replacing four starters from a year ago, got torched.

Mike Riley on Canfield:
"Sean showed a lot of poise today and made some really nice throws. He showed a lot of confidence and understanding; he's got a great grasp of what we are trying to do with the football with each pattern that we call, and that's really encouraging. He threw some very catchable balls on the deep routes -- a lot of times quarterbacks lacking poise will overthrow or just miss the deep balls, but he conquered all those things today and did a nice job."

Mike Riley on the overall scrimmage:
"I just wanted to play today. I had no real plan, I just wanted to call plays and let guys play football today. We probably don't do this enough."

THE BEAVS RAN a ton of plays on the afternoon -- 100 all told -- and Canfield, who went 12-for-21 for 278 yards and four TDs, wasn't the only gunslinger on the gridiron.

Ryan Katz was 9-for-18 for 198 yards and two TDs and Justin Engstrom went 18-for-26 for 163 yards with two TDs.

But it was Canfield-to-Catchings that stood out most. Canfield, who had struggled earlier on in the spring with drops, picked apart the young Oregon State secondary for a good part of the afternoon.

THINGS WEREN'T ALL peachy on Friday afternoon for the first string offense, however, as there were several early miscues, particularly on the first drive. Things just were not clicking on the offensive side of the ball early, and it was evident, as Canfield had a hard time completing passes, missing connections to Adeniji and redshirt sophomore Ryan McCants. The single completed pass on the first drive went to McCants, but gained only three yards.

And Oregon State did not run the ball well on the day with Jacquizz Rodgers on the sidelines. The second year sophomore star running back is being held out of contact this spring.

THE BRIGHTEST SPOT on the Oregon State stop corps was senior linebacker Keaton Kristick, who was a pain in the offensive line's collective butt this afternoon, as he was in the backfield of numerous plays, including a play early in the scrimmage that would have resulted in a sack of Canfield.

THE RUNNING GAME was a different story.

Oregon State's defense swarmed all over the ball carrier throughout, holding McCants to just 27 total rushing yards on nine carries.

Redshirt freshman Jordan Jenkins led all rushers with 17 rushing attempts for 40 yards, and freshman running back Jovan Stevenson (7 car., 35 yds) scored a touchdown in the first session for the second string.

Stevenson took the Ryan Katz handoff and took off to the right side, stutter stepping sophomore cornerback David Ross in the process. Ross lost his footing while pursuing Stevenson; the running back took off to the corner and into the end zone for the first touchdown of the scrimmage.

THE SECOND AND THIRD TEAMS were led by redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Katz and sophomore quarterback Justin Engstrom, respectfully, and were both able to pass for a pair of touchdowns.

In his unit's third session, Katz found senior wideout Taylor Kavanaugh in the back of the end zone for a touchdown, his second of the afternoon. It was Katz' first touchdown pass that went down as the play of the day, however.

Redshirt freshman Jordan Bishop burned by fellow redshirt cornerback Kaua Olds, found himself wide open down the field, and Katz laid a perfect pass into the receivers hands. Bishop bobbled the pass, however, and had to reach behind himself in stride to bring in the pigskin with one hand.

Engstrom had the opportunity to get his squad on the scoreboard early, but the defensive line held its own on a fourth and goal sneak up the middle to and force the offense to start its drive over.

ON THE DEFENSIVE side of the ball, other names that stood out included defensive end Gabe Miller. The converted tight end showed intense hustle on an abundance of plays, particularly one where he chased down McCants from the opposite side of the field.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Tony Wilson made a few plays with the second team defense, finding himself in the backfield on occasions, and had a few would-be sacks on the quarterback. Redshirt frosh linebacker Zane Norris, brother of graduating defensive end Slade Norris, made several tackles on the third team and showed good ability to wrap up.

Oregon State is slated to scrimmage again next Friday, on April 24.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Kaulin Krebs injured his left knee during practice Tuesday afternoon and had to be carted off the field. The receiver said that he just caught his foot wrong in the turf and twisted it. His return is day to day.

As expected, neither Rodgers brother participated in the scrimmage today, as their "non-contact" rehabilitation remains on track.

Junior kicker Justin Kahut, who has had lingering hip issues, also sat out of the scrimmage today, with an update on his availability come on Monday.

Michael Lamb (knee) will sit out the rest of spring drills.

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