What we've learned: Week 4

WEEK FOUR OF spring practice saw the defense strike back after the mid session explosion of the offense, along with notes, happenings and insight on Suaesi Tuimaunei, Keaton Kristick, Damola Adeniji, Sean Canfield, Lyle Moevao, Dwight Roberson, Keith Pankey, Timi Oshinowo, Colin Kelly and more.

Suaesi Tuimaunei is starting to step up. There was a reason why Tuimaunei got the start at Stanford last year over Lance Mitchell and Cameron Collins when Al Afalava was suspended for the opener last year. With his smart play and big hit ability Tui is making his presence felt on defense and special teams (gunner) this spring.

Dwight Roberson or Keith Pankey? The answer might again be.....Both. Pankey has turned in a strong spring, swarming to the ball while showing a solid understanding of the defensive schemes. Roberson has also had plenty of moments. It's of course too early to say for sure but it looks like the two man rotation at WIL might be here to stay in '09.

Left tackle is still up in the air. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh loves Timi Oshinowo's work ethic, but Colin Kelly is the better athlete. Cavanaugh has pushed each hard, but wants more. Neither has stepped up to the plate yet to settle the dispute yet and it's looking like a fall camp battle royale.

Damola Adeniji may be a redzone weapon. Adeniji has been consistent this spring showing the ability to extend to his full height and bring down passes that only he can get to. Shane Morales was a redzone machine last year, is it Adeniji's turn this season?

Keaton Kristick is set to have a huge year. Beaver fans may be slightly spoiled with the number of quality linebackers year in and year out in Corvallis, but keep your eye on Kristick who is stepping into a leadership role and has been all over the field during April. He has the ability to lead the Pac-10 in tackles and make game changing plays

The defense fights back. Two interceptions (Cameron Collins and Anthony Watkins) and three forced fumbles for the defense in the second scrimmage -- significantly better than the first. Plus, defensive ends Kevin Frahm and Ben Terry were continually in the backfield for many would be sacks.

Brandon Hardin is banged up. Already struggling through a quadriceps injury Hardin will now have surgery on one of his hands at the conclusion of spring practice. Unknowingly he played through a broken bone and torn muscles in his right hand throughout this past season.

Lyle Moevao is getting antsy. To go from a backup to the full time starter -- to being back on the sidelines has got to be emotionally draining. Moevao is slowing recovering from shoulder surgery and is now gently tossing on the sidelines. The senior hopes to be fully healed before fall camp rolls around in August and for that to happen, he likely needs to be patient and not rush anything or risk the danger hurting his shoulder further and never playing again.

Sean Canfield looks better and better by the day. The Beaver quarterbacks group didn't have the best of performances in the Monday and Wednesday practices leading up to Friday but Canfield was lights out when it came time to scrimmage. He completed 15-of-21 for 271 yards and four touchdowns. Of particular note this spring and borne out in the second scrimmage is how accurate Canfield has been on the deep ball.


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