DAY 18: Extras Notebook

CORVALLIS -- Surely, with all of the catches that Damola Adeniji made today, one would prove so eye catching that it would simply have to be the play of the day, this writer thought. And boy was I right. And, in turning to the defense, who will start at the other corner spot opposite Tim Clark?

Play of the Day:
In what may have been the catch of the camp, senior wideout Damola Adeniji defined the word athleticism in reeling in a catch from Sean Canfield.

With heavy coverage from Lance Mitchell, Adeniji dove to his right, extended his left arm and reeled in the pass with one hand as he fell to the ground.

Mitchell had Position A, but Adeniji stuck out a mitt, gathered it in and secured it. Poetry.

Notable Notes:
Redshirt freshman Geno Munoz sat out of practice today with an abdominal strain. Mike Riley said the extent of the injury is unknown but initial estimates are it doesn't seem to be too severe.

Munoz was seen walking around the field normally.

Adeniji, the Oregonian's Paul Buker reported today, has been named the starting split end in place of Darrell Catchings. And his performance the last few days, and the ding to Munoz, seem to make that a no-brainer from this chair.

In this writer's opinion, it seems more and more like junior cornerback James Dockery will come away with the starting right cornerback spot, opposite senior Tim Clark.

Dockery, a vocal player and "workout warrior", practiced with the first string defense all day today -- and then pulled double duty in taking some extra snaps with the second team.

Dockery has been in a tight battle with Patrick Henderson throughout camp, it wouldn't be a surprise to see both players get lots of turns.

Taking it a step further, might it be similar to weakside 'backer, where both Keith Pankey and Dwight Roberson are co-starters? We shall see what Riley and the staff have planned.

Brandon Hardin also remains in the mix here at corner. He's battled through some injuries this fall camp, but he's also made some sharp plays as the 6-2, 210-pounder continues to try and stake his claim at cornerback.

As noted by Riley earlier in camp, true freshman tackle Michael Philipp will not redshirt, and is sure to start with the first string offense come next Saturday.


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