SCRIMMAGE: Big plays back and forth

CORVALLIS -- It's beginning to feel a lot like football. Oregon State was in Reser Stadium Wednesday for their first full-tilt scrimmage of fall camp and with pylons, officials -- the whole bit. The first string offense took a total of 27 snaps, and to put things into perspective, there were 132 total snaps taken throughout the session. Here's the rundown, plus a complete listing of the 1's.

There was plenty of time out on the field for the youngsters to get in scrimmage reps on Thursday. But first, a look in at the 1's.

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Sophomore quarterback Ryan Katz and the rest of the first string offense did not miss a beat early on in practice.

Right out of the gate Katz connected with senior wideout James Rodgers for a 34 yard touchdown, capping a seven play drive.

It was the only touchdown for the quarterback during the scrimmage, but the stat-line spelled out Katz' accuracy as he connected on 12 of 17 pass attempts.

"Ryan had an outstanding day, had three balls dropped on him that could have been caught," Riley said.

The first string offense was without junior running back Jacquizz Rodgers and left tackle Michael Philipp for the duration of the scrimmage. Philipp is still nursing a broken nose, Rodgers was held out as per the usual in scrimmages.

"We know Quizz has been tackled 600 times since he has been here, he doesn't need practice getting tackled," said Riley.

Receivers Darrell Catchings (groin) and Markus Wheaton (shoulder), and defensive tackle Stephen Paea (sore knee) were also held out of practice for mostly precautionary reasons.

THE RUSHING ATTACK was not as formidable as the pass. Still, the combination of Jordan Jenkins and Ryan McCants fielded a total of 112 yards rushing on 23 attempts. No big plays came out of the backfield, as both running backs were held in check for the most part by the first string defense.

The first string offense for the scrimmage:

QB1: Ryan Katz

RB1: Jordan Jenkins / Ryan McCants

FB1: Will Darkins

WRs: James Rodgers, Jordan Bishop, Aaron Nichols

TE1: Brady Camp

H-Back1: Joe Halahuni / John Reese

LT: Wilder McAndrews

LG: Burke Ellis

C: Alex Linnenkohl

RG: Grant Johnson

RT: Mike Remmers


The first string defense for the scrimmage:

DE1: Taylor Henry

DT1: Brennan Olander

DT1: Kevin Frahm

DE1: Gabe Miller

SAM1: Keith Pankey

MIKE1: Tony Wilson / Rueben Robinson

WILL1: Dwight Roberson

CB1: Jordan Poyer

S1: Lance Mitchell

S1: Cameron Collins / Suaesi Tuimaunei

CB1: James Dockery

GRAYSHIRT FRESHMAN Obum Gwacham led all receivers in the scrimmage with five receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns. The budding big play receiver and former all-state track champion burned past the second string secondary and reeled in a Cody Vaz pass mid-stride for one score. Vaz put ball precisely where it needed to be, and out of reach of the secondary.

Gwacham also showed off his leaping ability later on in the scrimmage. Vaz put a pass up where only the tall, lanky receiver could and the secondary didn't have much of a chance.

AS A WHOLE, the scrimmage was the perfect combination of offense and defense – no unit dominated over the other. Indeed, they traded big plays throughout the afternoon regardless of which units, 1's, 2's or 3's, was in.

Gwacham's second touchdown was quickly countered by the second string secondary, with freshman safety Dax Dilbeck showing off his ballhawking talents.

Dilbeck has had a workmanlike fall camp up until this point but tracked down a Vaz pass and nearly returned it to the house. Sophomore offensive tackle Colin Kelly showed good speed, and the ability to take the right angle, in knocking him out of bounds to save the take-back.

ON THE DEFENSIVE side of the ball it was the second string coming up biggest. The defensive line itself, with the combination of Andrew Seumalo, Scott Crichton and Mana Rosa coming off the edges in a rotational system, and Nathan Hannah and Ben Motter destroying the middle, looked sharp.

The group collapsed the pocket of Cody Vaz on numerous occasions, forcing the quarterback to take a "SACK!" as announced from the sidelines, or to throw the ball away.

Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf expressed his dissatisfaction after one such loss of yardage. It wasn't all Vaz' fault, the offensive line gave him nearly zero time to deliver a pass before he was "sacked," with Crichton beating Kelly to the edge. But Langsdorf wanted Vaz to recognize the development sooner and get rid of the ball. And he made the point. Loudly.

THE D-LINE WASN'T the only problem the second string offense had in the scrimmage. Things got a bit sloppy as the day went on, and they were flagged on numerous occasions for a slew of varying things -- false starts, illegal procedure, (Five men in the backfield; twice) and offensive pass interference.

The pass interference call came on a bump that was subtle, but the receiver knew exactly what he was doing. The guilty party, freshman Micah Hatfield, was running stride in stride with freshman cornerback Rashaad Reynolds when Vaz delivered a pass deep downfield. Hatfield cagily delivered a bump to gain separation and reeled in the pass but the field umpire did not fall for it. It's the kind of play fans love when a WR gets away with it, the kind they critique when a WR doesn't.


Ryan McCants, 13-59; Jordan Jenkins, 10-53; Malcolm Marable, 10-31; Ryan Katz, 2-(-11); Cody Vaz, 3-(-21).

PASSING (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)

Cody Vaz, 29-17-1-215-3; Ryan Katz, 17-12-0-134-1; Sean Mannion, 10-4-0-97-0; Jack Lomax, 8-5-0-79-1.


Obum Gwacham, 5-98-2; Micah Hatfield, 2-76; Kevan Walker, 4-72; Jordan Jenkins, 5-42; James Rodgers, 3-41; John Reese, 2-40; Kevin Cummings, 4-35; Aaron Nichols, 3-35; Mitch Singler, 2-33-2; Joe Halahuni, 1-23; Brett Ackerman, 2-10; Ryan McCants, 1-9; Jordan Bishop, 1-6; Will Darkins, 1-3; Clayton York, 2-2.

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