PM SESSION: Extra Notebook, POTD controversy!

CORVALLIS -- Red zone skelly? On Wednesday night it should have been called Controversy Skelly and had it's own theme music. Indeed, a strong Play of the Day candidate, courtesy of Taylor Kavanaugh, occurred in the red zone drill. But the Beaver defenders on the sideline, acting as oh-so-objective referees, ruled it an incomplete pass. But was it...?

Red Zone Skelly:
The controversial play of the day came off a play action fake to Jacquizz Rodgers. Sean Canfield found Taylor Kavanaugh in the end zone, delivering a perfectly placed ball to the receiver.

Falling down, Kavanaugh was somehow able to get his right hand underneath and reel the ball in by one mitt, all while gravity pulled him down in the process.

The controversy came after the play, however, as the defenders standing on the sideline ruled the pass fell incomplete. But from this writer's perspective the catch was reeled in cleanly.

A play later, Kavanaugh grabbed his second straight touchdown reception; this time in the back of the end zone as Canfield delivered a bullet through the defense and just past senior cornerback Tim Clark, who had pressed Kavanaugh off the line of scrimmage.

Jordan Poyer nearly came away with an interception off of a Ryan Katz pass, but the ball slipped through the safety's hands.

Katz delivered a beautiful touch pass over the secondary and into the hands of freshman running back Ashton Jefferson, who took the ball in for a score.

James Dockery offered blanket coverage and stayed in the back pocket of Markus Wheaton before slapping away a pass from Canfield.

A couple snaps later, however, Canfield connected with Casey Kjos in the end zone, despite close coverage from Josh LaGrone.

Canfield again connected with Kjos for another TD, this time despite seemingly good coverage from Suaesi Tuimaunei.

Team Session No. 3:
Tim Clark was draped over senior wideout Damola Adeniji before losing his purchase in the end zone, allowing Canfield to make a nice touch pass to Adeniji who reeled it in for six.

Kevin Frahm combined with junior defensive tackle Stephen Paea to burst through the offensive line and put heavy pressure on Canfield, forcing the quarterback to out and ultimately overthrow Jordan Bishop in the end zone.

Jacquizz Rodgers put on an athletic show, grabbing a Canfield pass mid-stride with his right hand, pinballs through three defenders, and in for the score.

Later, Joe Halahuni makes his own athletic grab, going up high for a pass by Canfield, then coming down with it in front of Josh LaGrone.

Play of the Day:
While the Kavanaugh grab earlier on in practice surely would have been the play of the day, it was controversial, so in deference to the men in back, this writer selects a TD grab made by Jordan Bishop in the red zone skelly session.

The freshman wideout made a diving grab off of a Canfield pass -- and in the presence of numerous defenders, including Tuimaunei and Clark.

Even with all the traffic in the area, Bishop reeled it in and hung on. It was a big time catch for six.


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