PM SESSION: Aerial show, Quon w/ early night

CORVALLIS -- The passing attack took center stage on Wednesday evening -- everything from swing passes, deep balls, even a few acrobatic catches were made with aplomb. But a big hit caused one of the starting Beav WR's to call it an early night, about the last thing OSU wants to see these days.

With Darrell Catchings already out for the year, a scary moment came midway through Wednesday's practice, when a monster hit was delivered on junior wideout James Rodgers, the Beavs' big playmaker out on the edge.

Didn't see who exactly dealt out the stick but the elder Rodgers brother came up a bit lame after the play and limped off to the sideline, where he sat out the remainder of practice. It didn't at first appear to be serious but Rodgers has had some tendinitis in his knee this camp, and it remains to be seen if he's back tomorrow or takes a day off.

Rodgers was not the only player bitten by the injury bug tonight. Junior defensive end Matt LaGrone was limping a bit late in the practice session, but it is unclear of the extent om his injury as well. Mike Riley generally doesn't visit with media after the late session on days where there's a second practice due to the lateness of the hour.

Senior quarterback Sean Canfield was back on the practice field after taking a day off yesterday, as was redshirt freshman Jovan Stevenson, who ran with the third team this evening.

Team Session No. 1:
Canfield started off the session strong, completing swing passes to junior wideout James Rodgers, then following it up with a swing pass to sophomore running back Jacquizz Rodgers.

Canfield then completed a short pass to Quizz but senior linebacker Keaton Kristick was quick to react, stopping him for a short gain.

Good finesse throughout by Canfield here, a nice touch pass over the outstretched hands of defenders to hit TE Joe Halahuni was on the money but the ball slipped right through his hands -- a rare sight for the sure handed sophomore.

Redshirt freshman Ryan Katz continued to show a great deal of precision in his passes -- he connected smartly with junior Aaron Nichols in the face of freshman safety Zeke Sanders.

Sanders came back a few plays later, however, stepping in front of a Peter Lalich pass thrown into triple coverage and came away with the interception.

After sprinting downfield about 10-15 yards, the freshman safety was yelled at by sophomore DE Kevin Frahm from the sideline; receiving instruction from the defensive lineman to "finish the play". Sanders galloped down the left sideline the rest of the way into the end zone.

Team Session No. 2:
Canfield was pressured early and often in this session.

With the pocket collapsing, the senior quarterback nonetheless dropped back, stood tall and completed a spot-on pass to Nichols, placing the ball right into the wide receiver's numbers mid-stride. Sharp play by Canfield.

After a completion to Quizz, the sophomore running back outran Kristick to the corner and took off down the sideline, outrunning numerous defenders in pursuit.

Katz delivered a spot-on pass to Nichols across the middle, with sophomore croner Brandon Hardin providing tight coverage.

Next up, redshirt freshman linebacker Zane Norris nearly came away with an interception off of a Katz pass. Norris made a good jump on the ball but it sailed through his hands.

The defense tries to turn the tables on Jacquizz, clogging up the lanes with defensive linemen and linebackers. But with Kristick and junior linebacker Dwight Roberson -- who has been playing a nice brand of football this camp -- closing in, Jacquizz was still somehow able to bounce out of the jam, sprint down the field and post another big gain. Classic Quizz.

Quizz later reeled in a bullet from Canfield for a big gain. Canfield then delivered the dart to James Rodgers, who held on before getting stonewalled by defenders. This was the play that saw him limping off to the sideline and sitting out the rest of practice.

Freshman safety Jordan Poyer read a Lalich pass perfectly drew a bead and both dove and slapped away the pass, intended for redshirt freshman Jordan Bishop.

Poyer again showed his coverage ability a couple of plays later, batting away a pass that would have been reeled in by junior split end Casey Kjos.

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