FALL CAMP NOTEBOOK: Week 2 recap

FROM YOUNG receivers stepping up to position battles to Ryan Katz, Cody Vaz and Sean Mannion's performances to the latest on the injuries and more, here are the top stories from the second week of fall camp.

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WILDER MCANDREWS TO START? With sophomore Michael Philipp banged up (a broken nose and twisted ankle) senior Wilder McAndrews has been taking the majority of the snaps with the first team. Most expect Philipp to slide back into the lineup, but that has not been the case and with game preparation beginning this week everyone is wondering, will Philipp crack the starting lineup?

“Frankly we have been very pleased with Wilder so far,” coach Mike Riley said.

“With the circumstances around Michael, he really hasn’t had a chance - Michael misses the spring with a knee, he misses the fall with a broken nose, immediately comes back and has a sprained ankle."

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TBD at MLB. Expect an announcement of the staring middle linebacker in the middle of this week. Sophomore Rueben Robinson has returned to the practice field after tweaking his ankle in week one. Sophomore Tony Wilson received the most reps with the first team with Robinson out. Even when a starter is named expect a heavy rotation of the two during the season with sophomore Kevin Unga in the mix as well.

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WATCH LISTS. Another round of preseason watch lists were released and several OSU players made the cut. TE Joe Halahuni was named to the Mackey Award Watch List (best tight end), K Justin Kahut to the Lou Groza (best kicker) and WR James Rodgers to the Paul Hornung (most versatile player).

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REST THE STARS. No need to worry about the stars resting during week two. Under Riley he routinely keeps his best players on the sidelines in order to keep them fresh for the season.

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FRAHM HOLDING IT DOWN. With senior Stephen Paea resting a sore knee junior Kevin Frahm has got the benefit of the extra work.

“(His move to defensive tackle) has been an outstanding move," Riley told The Oregonian. "One of the reasons is, Kevin’s a relentless guy.

“When you’re playing against Kevin Frahm, you better buckle your chinstrap and say it’s going to be a long day. I love how he’s doing in there."

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THINGS ARE STARTING TO GET FIESTY. Shoving matches between RB Ryan McCants and LB Kevin Unga, CB James Dockery and RB Jaquizz Rodgers and others show that the team is ready to go out and smack helmets with players that aren't wearing orange and black.

Don't worry none of the Oregon State players have gone "LeGarrette Blount" on each other yet.

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NO SURGERY. Sophomore RB Jovan Stevenson has decided not to have surgery on his left shoulder and will play this year.

“It’s an old injury,” Stevenson said. “They told me I’m going to need surgery and gave me the decision to make. I told them I’m going to play.”

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RILEY LOVING VAZ. Much of the focus during fall camp has been on Ryan Katz's solid performance, but redshirt freshman Cody Vaz, the backup quarterback, has had a solid fall as well.

"I love the Vaz's poise, he appears to be unflappable," Riley said. "He made some great throws in our scrimmage and I feel very confident in the guy."

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HATFIELD STEPPING UP. With several receivers out due to various injuries redshirt freshman Micah Hatfield has seen the field more catching everything thrown his way. The youngster could be pushing his way into the two deeps.

“I’m happy for Micah - he can help us,' Riley said. "He’s still skinny, but he has added weight.”

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COMING INTO FOCUS. While the battle for the backup running back position still rages on some clarity has come to the situation.

“Our first down backup is Jordan," Riley said. "Our third down backup is either Jordan or Ryan, so you’ll see more of Jordan is those packages."

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POYER STILL HAS SOME WORK TO DO. Make no mistake the coaches are still extremely excited about sophomore cornerback Jordan Poyer, but the youngster still has plenty of work to do. Since junior Brandon Hardin has been nursing a groin pull Poyer has been getting snaps with the first team where it has been a mixed bag. He is a quick learner though and although Quon has his number, he will only get better going up against one of the best in college football.

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QUON TEARING IT UP. Just like Mike Hass was in his senior year James Rodgers is unstoppable in practice. It doesn't matter who or how many players are guarding him he gets open and makes the catch. Except for one uncharacteristic practice where he dropped several passes he has been torching the secondary all over the field.

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MANNION IMPRESSING. Although he has been in the program for only a couple of weeks true freshman QB Sean Mannion has already caught Danny Langsdorf and Riley's eyes.

“The best knowledge we’ve had for a rookie quarterback – the best,” Riley told The Oregonian. “He can call plays, get them out of the huddle and take signals. We are pretty amazed.”

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GWACHUM STEPPING UP. With Markus Wheaton, Geno Munoz and Darrell Catchings out with injuries true freshman Obum Gwachum has been making the most of his opportunities hauling in pass after pass. He has been playing primarily with the twos displaying the ability to go up and get the ball. The coaches planned on redshirting him, but his athletic prowess and solid hands have the coaches reconsidering.

"I had anticipated redshirting him," Riley said. "There is a ton of development left in that guy, but if he keeps going the way he is we may have to think about (playing him).

"He's very smart. He is gifted athletically and has very soft hands and he's strong and obviously he's a great target."

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TESTING THE YOUNGSTER. Riley figures that TCU will blitz the heck out of Katz so that's just what the Beaver defense did for most of the week.

“That’s an old principal of football, a rookie quarterback, we are going to blitz the heck out of him,” Riley said. “We believe that might happen. If they do, that’s all you see all day long. And if you hurt someone when they blitz, that’s a big factor in the momentum.”

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GAME PREP STARTS THURSDAY. Official preparations for the Horned Frogs starts Thursday. As of Monday, only 12 days until kickoff!

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GETTING PLENTY OF LOVE. Plenty of members of the national media have been in Corvallis and/or are requesting the services of Jacquizz Rodgers, Mike Riley, Stephen Paea and others for interviews (Riley on Petros). The respect continues on the national scene as the team recently received a No. 24 ranking in the Associated Press poll.

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PART DUEX. The second of three official videos for the Quizz for Heisman campaign has been released. Watch below and if you missed part one, click here.

 

INJURY UPDATE.

  • LT Michael Philipp missed several practices after breaking his nose and then tweaked his left ankle. Currently practicing with the second team.
  • OG Rory Ross remains out due to knee surgery. He also missed spring practice, but is now running.
     
  • RB Jovan Stevenson separated his left shoulder, but will play this year and have surgery in the offseason.
     
  • WR Markus Wheaton returned to practice, but continues to be bothered by his shoulder injury.
     
  • WR Geno Munoz has missed several practices due to a groin injury.
     
  • WR Darrell Catchings has missed several practices due to a hamstring pull. He started running in week 2.

  • WR Aaron Nichols missed one practice with a hip pointer.

  • DE Taylor Henry missed several practices with a sore back.

  • CB Brandon Hardin missed several practices with a pulled quad.

  • S Cameron Collins missed several practices with a groin injury.

  • TE Tyler Perry missed a practice with an ankle sprain, but returned later in the week.

  • DL Mitchel Hunt missed several practices with knee injuries.

  • DT Tonu Tuimalealiifano missed several practices with a knee injury

  • DE Mana Rosa missed a couple of practices with a shoulder injury.

  • K Justin Kahut is resting his back after getting into a car accident before fall camp.

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