DAY 18: Adeniji continues to reel 'em in

CORVALLIS -- After a day indoors, the Oregon State football squad headed back out to Reser Stadium for practice exactly one week before they face off against Portland State next Saturday. Among the notable performances, the play of senior wideout Damola Adeniji. With Darrell Catchings out, Adeniji continued on Saturday to show why he's of starting caliber.

Senior tight end Howard Croom was suited up for the first time all week as he returned from a concussion.

"One Chance, Two Plays":
In this session, head man Mike Riley gave both the first and second string offense two chances to move the ball down the field for a touchdown.

After a well thrown pass to junior wideout Casey Kjos, senior quarterback Sean Canfield stepped up in the pocket and delivered a deep ball to the end zone in heavy traffic.

Kjos, Adeniji and junior wideout James Rodgers were all in the vicinity of the play, but it was junior linebacker Dwight Roberson who was the first to get his hand on the ball, tipping it up in the air.

But it was Damola Adeniji who was able to snatch the ball out of the air as he fell backwards, reeling it in for a touchdown.

Numerous cheers were heard from the sidelines and from the crowd, and a Mike Parker-esque "Touchdown, Beavers!!!" was heard from one of the Oregon State players on the sidelines.

Red Ball (Hurry Up offense):
The most intriguing play of the session came with some razzle-dazzle. This writer can say no more without giving too much away.

Individual Sessions:
While the first string offense practiced kneel downs, (yes, they do actually practice everything in big time college football), junior offensive tackle Timi Oshinowo took another step in the rehabilitation of his injured knee in running sprints from sideline to sideline. Redshirt freshman Tony Wilson (knee) joined Oshinowo in sprints.

Oshinowo's earliest return is optimistically set for October. Wilson is out for the year.

Markus Wheaton's issues with the NCAA still have not been resolved. He remains engaged in practice.

Skelly Session
With redshirt freshman wideout Geno Munoz sitting out of practice with an abdominal sprain, is was Adeniji's chance to further prove his worth on the first string offense.

And that he did.

Adeniji reeled in three passes from Canfield in the first string offense's first stint on the field in skelly.

Sophomore h-back Joe Halahuni pressed his case, getting wide open behind senior cornerback Tim Clark and pulling in a Canfield pass, then adding on good yardage after the catch.

Canfield then delivered a gorgeous touch pass that landed right into the hands of Kjos, hitting the split end mid-stride as he got behind the coverage of sophomore safety Lance Mitchell.


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