DAY 7 AM session: Quizz show

CORVALLIS–Fall camp means injuries, and OSU has seen a few players dinged up over Week One. But hearts stopped when Stephen Paea wasn't out practicing Monday morning. Fortunately, the outlook is good on the DT, as it is on an injured member of the Beavs' linebacking corps. On the field, Quizz makes his moves, Michael Philipp and Dominic Glover square off, John Reese is making plays and more..

Senior wideout Aaron Nichols sat out of the morning practice with a hip pointer. Beavers head man Mike Riley after practice deemed it nothing serious, just one of those situations where he needed some rest.

Speedy freshman wide receiver Kevin Cummings filled in for Nichols with the first-string offense, and held his own.

Junior running back Jacquizz Rodgers made his own share of plays throughout the morning, one reminiscent of last year's fall camp where he made former Beavers defensive end Matt LaGrone look lost in the backfield.

Senior linebacker Dwight Roberson burst through the offensive line and camped out in the backfield, but as soon as Quizz took the handoff the Heisman trophy candidate did his stop-and-go like only he can, and burst through a hole in the line, leaving Roberson shaking his head.

Robinson had a good morning practice all told but Quizz won another battle against him later. The linebacker blitzed got good penetration into the backfield on a pass play but Quizz was quick to pick him up, allowing enough time for quarterback Ryan Katz to hit Joe Halahuni for a solid gain.

SPEAKING OF LINEBACKER, sophomore Rueben Robinson (ankle) was dressed but held out of skelly and team sessions. Riley said post practice it will be a couple of days before Robinson is 100 percent and participating in full contact, but that he will be back soon.

Fellow sophomore and Oregon native Tony Wilson continued to take first team snaps at the middle linebacker -- he nearly came away with a big play in the first team session of the practice but close wasn't good enough. Wilson broke on Katz' pass and an interception appeared imminent -- but the tipped ball instead landed in the hands of receiver Markus Wheaton for a short gain.

ON THE SIDELINES, a scary sight Monday morning, Stephen Paea sitting out.

Relax. The All-America candidate and defensive tackle will be fine. His knee said Riley is just a "little sore." Riley reiterated that before camp he started that he will give key players rest from time to time, and a lot of players have an ache here or a tweak there after the first week.

IN THE TEAM sessions involving the second string offense and defense, sophomore left tackle Michael Philipp continues to run with the 2's for the time being, while senior Wilder McAndrews is getting reps with the 1's. It's not expected Philipp will be on the second team long.

Junior defensive end Dominic Glover is trying to make a name for himself in his first fall with Oregon State and the Beavs could surely use some depth at the position. Philipp and McAndrews went at it Monday morning.

On one passing play, the 6-2, 245 pound defensive end swam past the left tackle and probably would have sacked Vaz with ease had it been truly live, and the freshman quarterback never would have seen it coming. Vaz on the play delivered a nice pass down the sideline to Wheaton. Philipp came back with some nice plays of his own later on.

SENIOR TIGHT END John Reese had a nice practice run blocking in front of junior running back Ryan McCants. Reese put his hat on junior safety Lance Mitchell hard enough that Mitchell's helmet came off on one play.

A glimpse of the future was also on display in freshman running back Malcom Marable.

Working with the third string offense, he showed some wheels coming out of the backfield, particularly off a Philipp block. As he bounced to the outside, he caught a lane and outran the secondary down the sideline. Marable may not be needed this season with McCants, Jordan Jenkins and possibly Jovan Stevenson backing up Quizz, but there's no such thing as too much depth in football.

Check back later this evening for BFC's full report on the evening session.

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