FALL DAY One: D sharp in 7- , 11-man drills

CORVALLIS -- On the first day of fall camp the Beavs rotated a lot of guys in and out, but the starters included corners Tim Clark and James Dockery, safeties Lance Mitchell and Suaesi Tuimaunei, 'backers Keaton Kristick, David Pa'aluhi and Keith Pankey, defensive ends Kevin Frahm and Ben Terry and d-tackles Stephen Paea and Sioeli Nau.

The cornerbacks worked alone for most of the day, drilling drop step and run, defend/pick the ball at its high point and more.

There was also lots of work in verbalizing formations and proper communication.

Brandon Hardin, who has been rehabbing a wrist this offseason, wasn't to be seen anywhere and Riley didn't comment on his absence when he met with reporters post-practice -- we'll try to get word on him Tuesday. Linebacker Dwight Roberson was present and participating, but didn't seem to be involved in every drill.

The second team defense saw Patrick Henderson and David Ross at the corners, with Zane Norris, Walker Vave and Keo Camat at linebacker.

Lining up on the defensive line as the No. 2's were Mitchel Hunt, Matt LaGrone, Brennan Olander and Gabe Miller. Cameron Collins and Josh LaGrone were the safeties.

The corners looked fast and on point, always in the right spot to knock the ball down or "wrap up" the receiver immediately, though there won't be full tackling until Day 5.

And one note about the corners -- James Dockery's knee looks fine as he was flying around.

The defense didn't exactly put the clamps on the OSU air attack, however. Darrell Catchings, Casey Kjos and James Rodgers ran with the first team and caught nearly everything thrown to them.

Damola Adeniji rotated in with Jordan Bishop while Geno Munoz, Markus Wheaton and Kevan Walker ran with the two's.

There are lots of receivers in Corvallis, and it's probably way too early to set depth chart at WR yet on anything but a fast erasing grease board.

The Beavs went to 7- and 11- man drills in the shorts and helmets only practice on Day 1 -- and the defense shined there.

The linebackers flew to the ball and were tight in pass coverage in 7-on-7 drills. David Pa'aluhi intercepted a tipped pass and streaked down the sideline, only to be pushed out by a diving offensive lineman.

The defense was very vocal and communicated well amongst each other, potentially a good sign.

During 11-on-11, lauded Beaver frosh Michael Philipp got in with the first team -- only to see Kevin Frahm blow around him. The Oregonian d-end would have recorded a sack had it been live and full contact.

Fellow defensive end Ben Terry, along with Frahm, were in the backfield with regularity on the day.

Collins worked in for Mitchell for a while with the first team during 11-on-11 and had a nice pass break up.

Stay tuned for an Extras Notebook piece, up in a few.

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