DAY 17: Indoors suits Beavs just fine

CORVALLIS -- Inclement weather, albeit brief, forced the Oregon State football squad into Truax Indoor Facility for the first time this fall, which seemed to be suit junior kicker Justin Kahut just fine. He wasn't the only one. The passing game was spot on for most of the afternoon, but good coverage by the secondary, as well as the linebacking corps, made every pass that much more difficult.

Special Teams:
Justin Kahut continues did well both in kickoffs and field goals Friday. Kahut was true on all seven of his field goal attempts, including a 32 yarder that involved a countdown to simulate a game winning attempt.

As far as Kahut's backup went, it was not quite as bright an afternoon. Sophomore Matt Barker delivered some errant kickoff attempts, one which barely made it to the 30 yard line and skipped across the turf.

Red Ball, Hurry Up Offense:
With senior tight end Howard Croom (concussion) continuing to sit out, sophomore Joe Halahuni was running with the first string offense Friday in this drill.

After a few spot-on completions to Damola Adeniji, senior quarterback Sean Canfield checked downfield and found Halahuni open. Canfield delivered a bullet right into Halahuni's hands. The sophomore has had a solid camp but this ball glanced off his open palms and up in the air. Senior linebacker Keaton Kristick made a nice play on it and picked it out of the air before it hit the ground.

Next, Canfield looked to find an open (for a moment, anyway) James Rodgers in the end zone, but instead sophomore safety Lance Mitchell was nearly able to tip the ball to himself for the interception and the ball ultimately fell incomplete.

With the second team offense on the field, and redshirt freshman Ryan Katz leading the charge, the passing game was rather ineffective, thanks mostly in part from a massive pass rush that was put on nearly every play, keyed in large part by junior defensive end Gabe Miller.

Katz, however, made some sharp completions to both junior Casey Kjos and redshirt freshman Geno Munoz, with both wideouts dancing through traffic. Once the offense got down to the red zone, however, it stalled, and the defense put up a big stand, forcing Katz to overthrow Munoz in the end zone to stop the threat of a touchdown.

Offensive Notes:
With Croom out, a trifecta of tight ends held down his spot here, as Halahuni combined with senior John Reese and junior Brady Camp to fill in.

While he started off in spring camp as the first string right guard, junior Ryan Pohl has now been sent down to second string with the emergence of sophomore Grant Johnson on the offensive line.

Senior quarterback Lyle Moevao continues to come back day-by-day from offseason shoulder surgery. And while he is still not participating fully in skelly and team sessions, Moevao took part in team workouts, and led the second string offense. His arm looked fairly strong on at least one throw, as he completed a pass deep downfield to redshirt freshman Jordan Bishop. Other throws didn't seem to have the same amount of mustard on the ball.


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