FALL CAMP DAY 8: Katz catch, Hendu shines

CORVALLIS -- With starting quarterback Sean Canfield sitting out of practice on Tuesday, a typical day of rest, it was redshirt freshman Ryan Katz' chance to shine, participating in all drills with the first team offense today. And boy did he show up. CB Patrick Henderson did too, and he wasn't the only one.

Senior wideout Damola Adeniji also sat out of today's practice, which gave freshmen Markus Wheaton and Jordan Bishop more time to learn the ropes of the first string, and give them experience with a tough Oregon State secondary that had shut down the passing game the night before.

Some things to note from today's practice:
  • Redshirt freshman Geno Munoz practiced with the first team offense, along with Bishop, Wheaton and junior Aaron Nichols.

  • Injured junior wideout Darrell Catchings, who will receive a redshirt this year, was again coaching up Wheaton out on the field. Afterwards the two were seen observing the second team offense, the elder pointing out certain things to the rookie.

  • The first string offensive line Tuesday again saw LT Michael Philipp in with the 1's.

  • Philipp, a true freshman, continues to improve, and on a daily basis. Third year junior center Alex Linnenkohl has taken on an obvious leadership role.

  • Redshirt freshman Jovan Stevenson sat out of practice with a minor Achilles injury. It is not known yet the extent of the injury, or how long the running back will be out, giving true freshman running back Ashton Jefferson a chance to run with the second string offense.

    One on One Session - WR's vs DB's
    Junior wide receiver James Rodgers made an emphatic catch over the back of junior cornerback James Dockery. The two put their squabbles to rest after a little tussle that renewed the "offense vs defense rivalry" last night. Dockery wasn't done with the conflict, however.

    Junior quarterback Peter Lalich lobbed a pass that just went over the outstretched hands of Dockery in the back of the end zone.

    Dockery came back strong a couple of plays later, intercepting a Ryan Katz pass right in front of Rodgers.

    More on Dockery's day is available HERE.

    Skelly Session No. 1
    Senior cornerback Patrick Henderson took the spot of Dockery with the first team defense, and promptly made a great play on a Katz pass deep downfield intended for James Rodgers.

    Henderson had a good bead on the ball, and tipped it away from the receiver right before Rodgers was able to reel it in.

    Katz showed a strong arm and even better accuracy in hitting Rodgers right in stride deep downfield.

    Quan got behind junior safety Suaesi Tuimaunei and Katz dropped the ball right into the receiver's hands.

    We'll have our second report from the session up shortly.

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