Day 11, PM: Offense takes it to the defense

CORVALLIS -- As the sun went down and the temperature dropped inside of Reser Stadium Friday night, the Beavers passing game heated up. The success of Ryan Katz came with a wall put up by the offensive line. James Rodgers proved speed can be everything, Mark Banker gets loud, the coverage by the linebackers was among the few bright spots on defense, the complete 1s, 2s and 3s, plus much more.

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On offense, the Beavers were definitely hitting their stride. Everything was flowing smoothly for Ryan Katz and crew.

Even though other positions score the points, the offensive line made everything possible Friday night. Every time Katz stepped back to pass, he had easily 3-4 seconds in the pocket. The line was dominant and without it tonight, the quarterback and wide receiver don't look nearly as good.

The first team line was LT Wilder McAndrews, LG Grant Johnson, C Alex Linnenkohl, RG Burke Ellis and RT Mike Remmers, as senior Wilder McAndrews once again started with the 1s over Michael Philipp.

McAndrews, who was on the pre-season depth chart as the backup LG has been starting over Philipp at least the last three practices.

With a defensive line as good as the Beavers, the offensive line should really feel confident in shutting them down as well as they did.

Katz, heading into his first season as a starter, has had a very good camp and received rave reviews from his coaches. And he really looked seasoned Friday night.

He made all the right decisions on where to throw the ball and when he threw it, he threw it with power. One pass to wide receiver Jordan Bishop in the end zone illustrated the point -- when Bishop caught it, the ball hit so hard on his chest that it sounded like somebody had fired off a cannon inside of Reser.

Backing up Katz, as usual, was redshirt freshman Cody Vaz. Vaz, who compares favorably to a Jonathan Smith style, had somewhat of an off night, he was missing on a number of throws while playing with the 2s.

At the wide receiver position, one player stood out more than the others -- James Rodgers.

Rodgers continued to shred the secondary. Indeed, the Katz to Rodgers connection looked in mid season form tonight, and if they have this much chemistry during the season, look out.

Bishop had a very solid, but quieter night than Rodgers. The sophomore looks to have improved his catching ability, and looked very quick running his routes.

Redshirt freshman Micah Hatfield continues to impress, he never seems to drop a ball thrown his way. Look for Hatfield in the future to make a big impact for the Beavs.

Sophomore Markus Wheaton suited up and participated in drills, but once again sat out of scrimmaging to rest his healing shoulder.

At the running back position, it was business as usual.

After his "I believe" Heisman video was released onto the internet, Jacquizz Rodgers looked to be in Heisman form already. Solid running, solid in the receiving game and more.

Quizz played great Friday night.

Still making a case to be his back up is sophomore Jordan Jenkins. Jenkins started with the 2s tonight and got most of the snaps over junior Ryan McCants. Jenkins has a good mix of hard running and speed and it was on display during the evening session.

McCants also had a good night, seeing limited action, but still made some plays when he did get in.

At the tight end position, it was a good showing all around.

Starters Brady Camp and Joe Halahuni both played very well. Camp in particular had a huge night. Anytime a linebacker picked up Camp, it was a definite mismatch.

One injury -- at the TE position and it was to freshman Tyler Perry. It appeared to be an ankle as he was helped off the field. He did, however, come back to practice to watch.

The offensive depth chart from Friday night's practice:

Split End: Aaron Nichols, Kevan Walker, Markus Wheaton

Slotback: Jordan Bishop, Obum Gwacham, Kevan Walker

LT: Wilder McAndrews, Michael Philipp

LG: Grant Johnson, Michael Lamb

C: Alex Linnenkohl, Josh Andrews

RG: Burke Ellis, Colin Kelly

RT: Mike Remmers, Geoff Garner

TE: Brady Camp, Colby Prince

H-Back: Joe Halahuni, John Reese

QB: Ryan Katz, Cody Vaz, Jack Lomax

TB: Jacquizz Rodgers, Jordan Jenkins, Ryan McCants

Flanker: James Rodgers, Micah Hatfield

FB: Will Darkins, Clayton York

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On the opposite side of the ball, after a camp where they've held the upper hand for the most part, it was a rough night to say the least.

The defense struggled to stop the Beavers passing game, and d-coordinator Mark Banker really let them know about it.

The one positive all night, was the linebacking corps.

From the 1s and 2s, the coverage on the running backs and over the middle was lockdown tight. A couple players who really stood out -- senior Keo Camat, who had some nice plays on the ball, and sophomore Feti Unga.

Sophomore Reuben Robinson started with the 1s in the middle. Fellow sophomore Tony Wilson did practice, but saw limited action with the 1s, a reversal from the morning session.

Senior Keith Pankey sat out of practice tonight -- the coaching staff wanted to rest Pankey after Thursday's scrimmage.

Also sitting out on the defense was junior Cameron Collins.

Filling in for Collins was senior Suaesi Tuimaunei, who although he's been having a decent camp, struggled on coverage assignments all night.

Also replacing a starter was sophomore Jordan Poyer. Poyer filled in for Brandon Hardin (quadriceps strain). Hardin, who practiced, didn't start with the 1s, but saw some action later on in the night with the first unit.

The defensive line struggled mightily, the offense line threw them around.

Senior Brennan Olander, usually good for at least a couple pressure plays, was shut down.

Senior DT Stephen Paea also participated in drills tonight, but did not see the field during scrimmaging.

Filling his shoes was junior Kevin Frahm. Frahm, however, did not make much of an impact.

The defensive depth chart from Friday night's practice:

LE: Gabe Miller, Andrew Seumalo, Devon Kell

LT: Kevin Frahm, Castro Masaniai, Evan Hull

RT: Brennan Olander, Ben Motter, Nathan Hannah

RE: Taylor Henry, Andrew Seumalo, John Braun

SAM LB: Keo Camat, Michael Doctor

MLB: Rueben Robinson, Tony Wilson, Feti Unga

WILL LB: Dwight Roberson, Zane Norris, Michael Doctor

LCB: James Dockery, Rashaad Reynolds, Jordan Poyer

Safety: Lance Mitchell, Josh LaGrone, Dax Dilbeck

Safety: Suaesi Tuimaunei, Anthony Watkins

RCB: Jordan Poyer, Brandon Hardin, Keynan Parker

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Special teams focused on some things not reportable, and only kicked a few live field goals. Senior Justin Kahut did not practice and Max Johnson was the only one kicking field goals.

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The next practice for the Beavers is Saturday, August 21 at 2pm.


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