DAY 10: Katz finding range but O hot & cold

CORVALLIS – After a light ‘em up scrimmage on Friday, some inconsistency returned to the Oregon State offense on Monday. But Ryan Katz did go long ball connection on three occasions. Special teams got plenty of work in on the day -- onside kicks, kick return, punt return and everything in between. And senior kicker Justin Kahut was on target.

John Hekker started off practice with a boom, delivering a 60-yard punt into the swirling winds of Reser Stadium. Kahut connected on field goals of 31 and 42 yards with ease, and was spot-on for extra point attempts.

The first half hour of practice was dedicated to special teams, and nearly every aspect saw work.

THE BEAVS' FIRST STRING offense was, as per usual, led by QB Ryan Katz. Senior guard Ryan Pohl was back in the left guard spot after Friday's mishaps resulted in him being pulled towards the end of the session.

Sophomore guard Colin Kelly rotated with junior Burke Ellis at the right guard position. Alex Linnenkohl is entrenched at the center spot, Mike Remmers at one tackle spot and with starter Michael Philipp out injured the rest of spring, Timi Oshinowo and Wilder McAndrews continue to fill in primarily at the other tackle position.

Junior quarterback Peter Lalich led the second string offense but endured a tough outing on Monday.

Lalich has fairly decent athleticism and the ability to throw on the run, but there were drops aplenty and Lalich overthrew, underthrew and tried to force some balls that could have led to turnovers in game situations – one in particular was intended to a bracketed Jordan Bishop that (fortunately) sailed a good five feet wide.

IN THE BEAVS "middle drill", the defensive line did a good job of breaking down the o-line.

Junior Kevin Frahm looks to be getting comfortable at his new home of defensive tackle -- he and senior defensive end Gabe Miller enjoyed success against their offensive counterparts for a good part of the practice, getting into the backfield and disrupting numerous plays.

KATZ TURNED IT up a bit in the first team session of the afternoon, completing several touch passes, and some deep balls with touch, including one perfectly placed pigskin to sophomore Jordan Bishop. The split end burned past junior safety Lance Mitchell on the play and then outran the secondary.

Bishop later got in front of Mitchell and reeled in a touchdown reception from Katz. Afterwards, defensive coordinator Mark Banker gave Mitchell a little coaching up on keeping position on his man. Katz also later hooked up with Markus Wheaton on a scoring strike.

The catch of the day, however, went to senior Aaron Nichols, who gathered in a screen pass with one hand, turning upfield as he reeled in the ball.

Redshirt frosh QB Jack Lomax had a rather decent practice and got in some work.

DT Brennan Olander (illness) and FB Will Darkins (slight concussion) missed practice.

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