CORVALLIS -- The way he played in Oregon State's spring game, it was like DE Taylor Henry already had a candy bar named after him. With All-America candidates Stephen Paea and Jacquizz Rodgers watching from the sidelines, Henry had a monster day coming off the edge. Over on the younger side of things, as Mike Riley spring games are often much about youth, a pair of performances stood out most.

ON DEFENSE, it was Taylor Henry -- all day long.

Well, not literally, since the OSU starters came out and backups played liberally in the spring game -- but the sophomore defensive end was nearly unblockable on Saturday, and it was a welcome sight for a d-line that had plenty of questions surrounding it headed into the spring.

Where Henry stood out most on Saturday was in how he shed block after block, making cameo appearances in the backfield early and often.

Henry's stat-line?

Four sacks, seven total tackles and five tackles-for-loss resulting in 33 yards. How's that for domination.

The first string defense was without Stephen Paea (Mike Riley wanted to avoid the possibility of a freak injury to him and the Rodgers Bros.). DT Brennan Olander (illness) was also out, which meant time for Kevin Frahm and Castro Masaniai at the starting defensive tackle spots.

D-ends Henry and Gabe Miller were out on the edge, with Dwight Roberson, Reuben Robinson and Devin Unga the starting linebackers. James Dockery and Brandon Hardin manned the No. 1 corners, while safeties Lance Mitchell and Cameron Collins rounded out the secondary.

Note: Initially, it was incorrectly reported that Tony Wilson was the starting linebacker, when Reuben Robinson started the spring game in the middle.

RUNNING BACK Jordan Jenkins has this spring made a strong case to be Jacquizz Rodgers' right hand man, and on Saturday in the spring game, Jenkins took the majority of the snaps with the first string offense.

The Salem product rushed 25 times for 117 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon. Jenkins was bursting through lanes with authority and may end up stealing carries from Ryan McCants. Speaking of the junior running back, McCants had a pretty solid day as well, with 24 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown.

"Jordan and Ryan both ran physically today," OSU head coach Mike Riley said. "It was very impressive. The blocking in a lot of the runs was good and the production was also good."

While McCants had a few turns here and there with the first string, the bulk of his carries came with the second team offense, led by both Peter Lalich and Cody Vaz at quarterback.

Ryan Katz, Lalich and Vaz weren't what you would call consistent, with Katz and Lalich both throwing interceptions. Vaz moved the offense efficiently. He didn't stretch the field but made some nice throws, finishing 8-for-13 on the day for 60 yards. But there was little doubt on Saturday, and it's been the case throughout this spring, that Katz is the clear No. 1.

THE FORMAT WAS offense against defense and the Beaver O generated six touchdowns and three field goals, but most of the scoring came late, long after the 1s and 2s had taken to the sidelines and the youth was getting their turns in. Katz did engineer a seven-play, 67-yard TD drive with the capper a 14-yard scoring strike to receiver Markus Wheaton.

After that, the defense mostly ran the show. They held the offense to a three-and-out on four consecutive drives. James Dockery, Dax Dillbeck and Anthony Watkins all had interceptions, and Dockery returned his 39-yards.

Katz finished the day 9 of 20 for 123 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. While some of his tosses were overthrown or otherwise errant, others were simply drops by his receivers and backs.

SOPHOMORE CORNERBACK Jordan Poyer had a nice afternoon, and seems to have settled into the cornerback position with ease after lining up last year at safety.

Poyer had 10 tackles on the day with one tackle-for-loss. Poyer also returned punts on special teams, although that job will probably revert back to James Rodgers once the season gets started.

LATE IN THE DAY, Jack Lomax put a charge into the offense, throwing for 279 yards and three touchdowns on 13 of 20 passing. True, the fireworks came after the two-deeps had pretty much called it a day and players down on the depth chart were at key positions. Still, it was an impressive performance.

All three touchdown passes went to freshman wide receiver Mitch Singler, who finished the day with six receptions for 147 yards. Singler was the lone wideout that surpassed the 100-yard mark for the game.

"There were a lot of plays; I'm glad everyone basically got to play," Riley said. "There were enough positive things that we can feel good about heading into the summer and fall camp."

ON OFFENSE, the first string unit was about what you would expect, save for Quizz on the sidelines. Like Paea, Riley didn't want to risk injury to his star running back. Katz was at quarterback, the offensive line consisted of Mike Remmers, Burke Ellis, Alex Linnenkohl, Ryan Pohl and Wilder McAndrews.

Markus Wheaton, Darrell Catchings and Jordan Bishop all rotated at wide receiver, while Brady Camp and Joe Halahuni line up at the tight end and H-back spots, respectively.

ON SPECIAL TEAMS, Justin Kahut had quite a game. The senior kicker missed his first extra point attempt of the afternoon, but turned it around quickly, connecting on field goals from 25, 31 and 41 yards out. Kahut also flashed some serious leg strength on one kickoff midway through the contest, booming it through the end zone for a touchback.

One might argue that the wind caught the ball and carried a bit further than usual, but it was a nice boot regardless.

Final Statistics:
Jordan Jenkins, 25-117-1; Ryan McCants, 24-74-1; Aaron Nichols, 2-15; Jovan Stevenson, 4-5; Ryan Katz, 8-3; Cody Vaz, 4-(-20).

PASSING (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)
Jack Lomas, 20-13-1-279-3; Ryan Katz, 20-9-1-123-1; Cody Vaz, 13-8-0-60-0; Peter Lalich, 12-6-1-47-0.

Mitch Singler, 6-147-3; Darrell Catchings, 3-45; Jordan Bishop, 3-36; Aaron Nichols, 3-35; Obum Gwacham, 1-33; Dylan Parsons, 1-31; Markus Wheaton, 2-28-1; John Reese, 2-26; Joe Halahuni, 2-22; Colby Prince, 1-20; Jordan Jenkins, 3-17; Garett Hall, 2-16; Clayton York, 1-14; James Rodgers, 1-10; Geno Munoz, 1-8; Kevin Cummings, 2-4; Jovan Stevenson, 1-1.


Jordan Poyer, 10; Levi Levasa, 8; Taylor Henry, 7; Brian Watkins, 7; James Dockery, 6; Michael Doctor, 6; Josh LaGrone, 6; Suaesi Tuimaunei, 6; Brandon Hardin, 5; Uani ‘Unga, 5; Anthony Watkins, 5; Charlie Gilmur, 6; Devon Kell, 4; Josh Parish, 4; Rashaad Reynolds, 4; Feti ‘Unga, 4; Walker Vave, 4; Tony Wilson, 4; Keo Camat, 3; Zane Norris, 3; Dwight Roberson, 3; Rueben Robinson, 3; Andrew Seumalo, 3; Nathan Hannah, 2; Castro Masaniai, 2; Gabe Miller, 2; Lance Mitchell, 2; John Braun, 1; Kevin Frahm, 1; Evan Hull, 1; Jordan Jenkins, 1; Ben Motter, 1; Kaua Olds, 1; Tonu Tuimalealiifano, 1.

Taylor Henry, 5-33; Devon Kell, 2-15; Nathan Hannah, 2-11; Gabe Miller, 2-11; Feti ‘Unga, 2-6; Walker Vave, 1-9; Josh Parish, 1-5; Charlie Gilmur, 1-1; Jordan Poyer, 1-1; Dwight Roberson, 1-1.

Taylor Henry, 4-25; Devon Kell, 1-11; Walker Vave, 1-9.

James Dockery, 1-39; Dax Dilbeck, 1-15; Anthony Watkins, 1-2.

James Dockery, 3; Keo Camat, 1; Brandon Hardin, 1; Josh Parish, 1; Rashaad Reynolds, 1

Dax Dilbeck, 1; Suaesi Tuimaunei, 1.

Nathan Hannah, 1; Brandon Hardin, 1; Andrew Seumalo, 1.

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