P.M. DAY 13: Play of the day -- and fall camp

CORVALLIS -- This play of the day may very well end up the play of the entire fall camp, and it didn't come from a back or receiver. In the trenches, Coach Cav gathers his troops and coaches 'em up. Kevin Frahm changes things up in team drills, Walker Vave with a pick and the Beaver stop corps continue to play at a high level.

Team Drills (cont.):
DE Kevin Frahm had had enough of this being blocked stuff. And he proceeded to show Michael Philipp why as a sophomore he's slated to be the starter at defensive end in the Pac-10.

Frahm bullied the youngster and got back at Philipp for earlier in red ball drills, where the freshman tackle held the upper hand and rendered Frahm ineffective.

At this point, the defense had begun howling at the sky and was revved up.

Offensively, the line was continually reminded by OL coach Mike Cavanaugh, via some salty language, that they were not doing their job.

The line at times looked frustrated, and the defensive line continued to win the majority of the battles. Coach Cav then changed his approach, put the hollerin' in his back pocket and took his first team line -- LT Michael Philipp, LG Grant Johnson, C Alex Linnenkohl, RG Gregg Peat, RT Mike Remmers -- aside. And coached them up.

The big bodies seemed to take this advice to heart, and were working hard on technique for the remainder of the team session while the twos and threes finished it up.

With twos and threes in, the remainder of the session on offense was not crisp. Ryan Katz was forced to get rid of the ball early and found Walker Vave in the end zone. Good news, had Vave been an offensive player. Walker returned the ball to the 25 to the collective hoots and hollers of his fellow defenders.

For the past few practices, the Beaver D has been in another gear. High energy and a sense of togetherness is evident with this group. Cohesiveness was of concern for players and coaches early this fall with many key cogs from '08 lost to graduation, yet the pieces are beginning to fall into place for what could be a tremendous defense by, say, mid-to-early season.

Mike Riley expressed his disapproval with quite a few plays today, mostly on offense. He wasn't faulting the effort, but the execution and results aren't there. Riley, as Beaver Nation knows, is a pretty even keel guy, and earlier today he drove home the point that; "if you don't pay attention to the little things, the effort goes out the window."

Play Of The Day:
Thus far this writer's vote for play of the fall camp. During team drills Sean Canfield was on a designed rolled out. The rush was heavy and Canfield stopped to hit one of his relief valves. Canfield delivered a well thrown touch pass in the direction of Quizz but from out of nowhere, defensive tackle Latu Moala read the play, sprinted towards Quizz and dove, all 6-1, 285 pounds worth -- he was fully extended and picked off the Canfield pass. Reser exploded with ooh's and ahh's from the defense. It took a few minutes for the players to settle down. Tremendous athleticism shown by Moala.

Player of the Day:
As a group, the defensive line took the award for the evening session. After looking tentative early on in camp and being handled fairly well by the offense, the black shirts turned it up yet another notch on Monday night and were regulars in the backfield, flowing well to the football, and showing no mercy.

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