FALL CAMP DAY 16: A flurry of activity

CORVALLIS -- A number of players sat this one out today but there was still plenty of big catches, ballhawking interceptions and powerful pass rushing to go around. The backup depth at safety took a hit with Josh LaGrone out for the year following knee surgery, Sean Canfield continues to develop the chemistry with his wideouts while defensemen Devin Unga, Tim Clark and Keo Camat eye the pigskin.

Freshman wideout Markus Wheaton continues to sit out with issues within the NCAA Clearinghouse, but senior wide receiver Damola Adeniji was able to step up today and make some big receptions.

Adeniji's athleticism, for a receiver of his size, potentially adds yet another weapon to an already lethal Oregon State offense.

Special Teams:
While sophomore punter John Hekker was able to show off his powerful leg in last night's practice, it was junior kicker Justin Kahut's turn to impress today.

Consistent accuracy has plagued him the last couple of years but not today. Kahut connected on kicks of 32, 37 and 47 yards, with the last splitting the uprights with about three yards to spare.

Kicker Matt Barker was not as fortunate. As unlucky as it sounds, his first two kicks from 37 yards out both clanked off the left upright before the sophomore was able to split the uprights on his third boot. The special teams squad gave him some grief, celebrating the kicker with open arms after the make.

Hurry-Up Offense:
Senior quarterback Sean Canfield was spot-on with his first two throws, connecting with junior wideout Casey Kjos in traffic, then finding senior wideout Damola Adeniji in tight coverage from junior cornerback James Dockery and sophomore linebacker David Pa'aluhi.

Canfield's next pass attempt, however, ended up in the hands of senior cornerback Tim Clark, who read the pass from the get-go and stepped in front of Adeniji to reel in the interception and take off the other way down the sideline.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Katz ran the second team offense, and was rattled by a quick pass rush that forced him into making a couple of untimely throws.

The first came with the pocket closing around him, and an incompletion intended for junior wideout Aaron Nichols. Katz did not see junior linebacker Keo Camat in coverage, who stepped right in the line of the pass to make the interception.

Next, Katz looked for redshirt freshman Jordan Bishop, who was in the middle of heavy coverage. The pass grazed off the shoulder pads of Bishop, sailed up into the air and was snatched up by freshman linebacker Devin Unga, who juggled the pass with one hand before reeling it in with the other mitt.

Individual drills:
While Adeniji, Nichols and junior James Rodgers were practicing with the first string offense in individual workouts, freshman Micah Hatfield teamed up with Bishop and junior Taylor Kavanaugh on the second string offense.

The typically consistent hands of redshirt freshman Geno Munoz seemed to fail him in the preliminary stages of the workout, allowing a spot-on Peter Lalich pass to bounce off his hands.

While Wheaton did not suit up, he remained engaged in the practice. Initially thought to be a shorter term issue -- "It's all clerical stuff," coach Mike Riley said on Monday. "All his stuff will be ready to go," Wheaton has now missed four days of camp.


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