FALL CAMP DAY 1: Extras Notebook

CORVALLIS -- From kickers getting stronger to Mike Riley living in the huddle and coaching the signal callers. From the walking wounded to the position that grabbed the BF.C Wow Factor Award. Plus -- staying late, practice tempo, plus more news and notes galore from the first day of fall camp at Oregon State.

Kicker Justin Kahut on Monday looked stronger than last season. He was hitting the ball very accurately, but nothing from very deep however.

Mike Riley spent A TON of time with the quarterbacks on Day One, offering words of encouragement and teaching up the young guys on where and when balls were supposed to be delivered.

Lots of "atta boy's" from the Beavs' head man, along with a small portion of voiced displeasure at mental mistakes.

Injuries:
Matt LaGrone had wrist guards on but participated in everything on the afternoon, and had a smile that matched his 6-6 frame.

Wilder McAndrews (torn ligaments in his wrist) was out and did not participate -- no brace on his wrist/hand, however.

Timi Oshinowo (knee) did his best to impersonate Coach Cav and give teaching tools to young lineman. He had a brace on and a slight limp but was up and walking. The most optimistic projection would have him back in October but he could also need more time than that.

Tony Wilson (knee, out for the year) didn't seem to have a limp and was up and walking with no brace, but he's not expected back this season.

Ryan McCants (knee), as expected, wasn't participating but worked a lot on hand-offs over on the side. He didn't seem to have a limp.

BF.C Wow Factor Award: Receivers. Numerous diving catches, high snags, and all coming at the end of a bevy of good, crisp routes. Looks like the off season throwing with QB's has paid off.

Youth's Most Impressive: Cody Vaz, the kid certainly looked like he made good use of his first year -- his passes were on point and had the right amount of heat on them.

As if the practice was really over when it was over..

--The lineman stayed to work on footwork.

--Sean Canfield, Lyle Moevao, and a few members of the secondary ran sprints.

--Not to be outdone, defensive end Kevin Frahm and his d-line mates ran sprints as well.

--The freshmen stayed to run more 7-on-7 drills, and there were heard a few cries of "Stay on your feet!!"

--And of course, James Rodgers and Jacquizz Rodgers were in much demand from the assembled media, posing for a Photo Op in front of The Truax Indoor Center following the session.

Overall assessment? A good first day of practice for Oregon State. The tempo was consistent all the way through, not very many "hop to it's!" were heard from the coaches. It was generally more crisp for the first day than is often par for the course, the Beavs looked in shape and ready to go. A great start to the fall season.

Check back in a few for a Mike Riley quotebook on the first day.

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