Day 13, PM: Defense returns with a vengeance

CORVALLIS -- With the opener vs. TCU rapidly approaching, Monday night was a step back for the offense. The defense however, looked sharp. Brennan Olander and Kevin Frahm caused mayhem up front, linebacker Dwight Roberson had a very good night, plus the complete listing of who was with the 1s, 2s, 3s and more.


The last few practices, the Beavs have been clicking on offense on all cylinders.

Monday night? Not so much.

The first five plays of the 11 on 11 scrimmages were all won by the defense, but the offensive line and Ryan Katz were contributing factors to that.

Katz seemed to have it early in warm up drills, but once the defense lined up, he couldn't maintain his accuracy and was all over the field in the face of a relentless pass rush. On the third play, he threw a screen pass to Quizz that was dropped by LB Dwight Roberson.

His replacement, Cody Vaz, didn't fare much better. Vaz was throwing high all night. He also nearly threw an INT, but like Roberson, safety Anthony Watkins dropped the ball.

Not helping the QBs was the o-line. The line had been clicking as of late, but Monday night the d-line got the best of them.

The first nine plays, there was at least two defensive lineman in the backfield.

THE BLOCKING, or lack thereof, got under o-line coach Mike Cavanaugh's skin, as he shouted for perfection in his own unique, colorful way.

The 1's again were LT Wilder McAndrews, LG Grant Johnson, C Alex Linnenkohl, RG Burke Ellis and RT Mike Remmers.

It should also be noted that senior Timi Oshinowo was taking more snaps with the 2s than sophomore Michael Philipp, who has been dealing with coming back from a knee injury and broken nose this camp.

In the backfield, Jacquizz Rodgers was very quiet, as the starting tailback only caught one pass, and was unsuccessful running the ball up the up the middle.

THE BACKUP BATTLE at running back continued Monday between junior Ryan McCants and sophomore Jordan Jenkins.

McCants saw more snaps Monday night with the 2s than Jenkins, but both had good nights, particularly on back-to-back plays.

McCants scored on a well executed play that faked out the entire defense and received a good ovation from both teammates and the fans in attendance.

On the very next snap, Jenkins went in with the 2s and Vaz threw a ball a bit high, but Jenkins went up and grabbed it from redshirt freshman corner Rashaad Reynolds. Jenkins received the same reaction as McCants.

The position battle Monday night has a very "whatever you can do, I can do better" feel. Things should get very interesting in the coming practices.

AT THE WIDE receiver position, it wasn't exactly a stellar night. Aside from a few plays, there were a number of dropped balls.

Sophomore Jordan Bishop, who hasn't had a large impact in the night practices thus far, was quiet again until he made possibly the catch of the night, by tip toeing the back of the end zone.

Senior James Rodgers also had a relatively quiet night, but did catch a TD.

Freshman Obum Gwacham continues to make it a tough decision on whether or not to redshirt him, he showing his athleticism and size again, playing with both the 2s and 3s.

Good news for the wide receiving corps Monday night was the return of junior Darrell Catchings.

Catchings was rusty at first, he dropped a few balls early, but then he rebounded. Catchings was running good routes, and made a few nice grabs during the last three plays – in the 11 on 11 drill that coach Riley had going to end practice.

The offensive depth chart for Monday night's practice:

Split End: Aaron Nichols, Darrell Catchings, Obum Gwacham

Slotback: Jordan Bishop, Kevan Walker, Aaron Nichols

LT: Wilder McAndrews, Timi Oshinowo, Michael Philipp

LG: Grant Johnson, Ryan Pohl

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, Ryan McCants, Jordan Jenkins

Flanker: James Rodgers, Markus Wheaton, Darrell Catchings

FB: Will Darkins, Clayton York


THE USUAL STAMP of a Mike Riley team is the defense. Monday night it was all defense, all night.

The defensive line was the brightest spot. It was truly the anchor and held down the play of QB.

The d-line made its impact almost immediately -- DTs Brennan Olander and Kevin Frahm were blowing past the o-line with no problem.

Olander let the offense know how dominant the defense was too. Every time he penetrated through and got to Katz you could hear a loud scream, or a "yeah baby!" followed by a chest bump with Frahm.

Olander set the tone, and the resulting attitude was game-like.

Frahm once again filled in for senior DT Stephen Paea (knee). Paea, who practiced this morning, did not practice tonight and was not seen at Monday night's practice, not even in street clothes.

Also not practicing Monday night was senior Gabe Miller. Miller suited up, but did not go in the scrimmages. Filling in for Miller was his backup Andrew Seumalo.

THE GOOD NEWS for the defensive backfield was that junior safety Cameron Collins was back out there again. Collins had been out the last few practices with a groin injury, but returned on Monday morning and was right back at it in the evening, playing with the 2s.

Overall he looked good, and ready to go. Collins also saw some action with the 1s, but for the most part senior Suaesi Tuimaunei filled in with the 1s as Collins gets back into the flow.

Senior corner Brandon Hardin practiced but did not start with the 1s; instead it was sophomore Jordan Poyer. Hardin did play with the 2s and also came in for senior James Dockery to play with the 1s.

AT LINEBACKER, senior Dwight Roberson had a great night.

Roberson was quick to the ball and made a lot of big break up plays in the passing game. Roberson nearly had an early INT, and held Quizz down fairly well out of the backfield.

Alongside Roberson was the other senior, Keith Pankey. Pankey struggled a bit, and didn't look as quick as he normally does.

Starting at the MLB position was sophomore Rueben Robinson. Robinson has seen considerable time with the 1s, as has the player he's battling with for the starting job..

Sophomore MLB Tony Wilson practiced, but only played with the 1s when he did get in. Robinson, however, played more snaps though with the 1s.

The defensive depth chart for Monday night's practice:

LE: Andrew Seumalo, Mana Rosa

LT: Kevin Frahm, Castro Masaniai, Evan Hull

RT: Brennan Olander, Nathan Hannah

RE: Taylor Henry, Mitchel Hunt

SAM LB: Keith Pankey, Uani Unga

MLB: Rueben Robinson, Tony Wilson, Feti Unga

WILL LB: Dwight Roberson, Keo Camat, Zane Norris

LCB: James Dockery, Brandon Hardin, Rashaad Reynolds

Safety: Lance Mitchell, Josh LaGrone

Safety: Suaesi Tuimaunei, Cameron Collins, Anthony Watkins

RCB: Jordan Poyer, Keynan Parker


There was little in the way of special teams in Monday night's session.


OUT Monday night: Stephen Paea, Sean Martin, Gabe Miller


The next practice is a scrimmage, Tuesday, August 24, scheduled for 2pm.

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