DAY 8: Injuries piling up, Henry among latest

CORVALLIS-- Just eight days into fall camp and the injuries are already stockpiling for the Beavers. A couple of key Oregon State wide receivers got banged up on Tuesday afternoon and the anchor to the Black Shirts defense sat out yet another day of team sessions and an up and coming defensive end got more time with the first string D -- as another hit was taken to the first unit's line.

It wasn't all bad news on the day, however, as the Oregon State coaching staff welcomed the newest little fan to Beaver Nation right before practice.

Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and his wife, Michele, welcomed their first child right before practice began, in fact Langsdorf came trotting onto the field as practice started with his hospital band still on his wrist. Dawson Edward Langsdorf was announced amidst whoops and hollers from the OSU football players as practice ended.

ON THE FIELD, senior Aaron Nichols and sophomore Markus Wheaton were both pulled in the middle of practice with hip and shoulder injuries, respectively.

And defensive end, Dominic Glover took snaps with the first string defense as Taylor Henry was held out of a good portion of practice with an injury that was unknown by Beavers head coach Mike Riley but has since been revealed as a sore back. The outlook and how long Henry will be out, however, is unknown.

Glover was already being counted upon to at the least provide solid depth, and losing Henry for any appreciable amount of time, particularly with him showing an excellent burst and ability to come off the edge and disrupt, would be a blow.

Defensive tackle Ben Motter filled in for senior Stephen Paea – he continues to rest a sore knee. Cornerback Brandon Hardin also sat out of practice with a "tweaked something," as Riley put it.

There was also news on Jovan Stevenson. He's going to try and delay surgery and play this season. An old shoulder injury where the bone didn't heal properly can cause a dislocation at times. Surgery will eventually be needed but Stevenson is going to try and put it off until this coming offseason.

NICHOLS INCURRED A hip pointer at some point last week and Wheaton bruised his shoulder at the beginning of camp, but both re-aggravated their injuries in practice Tuesday.

That gave freshman Obum Gwacham and sophomore Jordan Bishop plenty of snaps with the first string offense, who continue their camp battle with the familiar first string defense.

Gwacham, or "Boom" as he is called by teammates, took snaps with both the first and second string offense, and beat the secondary for a long touchdown pass in one of the early team sessions of the afternoon. Matching up against sophomore Keynan Parker and the second string defense, Gwacham looked to easily have the size advantage.

On the TD, Cody Vaz delivered a nice pass down the sideline and Gwacham beat Parker and safety Cameron Collins on the play.

BEFORE HE WENT down, Nichols made some nifty, athletic catches, with the final connection from Katz the most impressive.

Nichols showed off his hands, while Katz showed off his ability to fit a pass through a tiny window.

ALL OF TUESDAY's afternoon's sessions came with the 1's against the 1s, the 2's going against the 2's -- although some players switched back and forth between the two units – for both 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 skelly sessions.

Vaz led the second string offense, while freshmen Jack Lomax and Sean Mannion both took snaps with the third string offense. Vaz, who has been steady this camp, had his fair share of problems Tuesday, uncharacteristically missing the target on several pass attempts in both skelly and team drills. A pair of "happy feet" might have been the culprit.


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