SCRIMMAGE 2: Offense, Jenkins take off

CORVALLIS -- Tuesday marked the second full-tilt scrimmage of the fall session, with the offense and defense trading blows for the duration of the afternoon – but the offense by far landed the heavier shots. The starting tailback position is possessed by Jacquizz Rodgers, that much is clear. But during Tuesday afternoon's scrimmage it was a younger tailback that stole the show and made his case.

The deep ball put a stranglehold on the secondary and sophomore quarterback Ryan Katz was spot-on in limited action.

Katz completed four of five pass attempts for 100 yards and two touchdowns in just two series with the first string offense.

The second touchdown came on a swing pass to Jordan Jenkins. And what a day he had.

The West Salem product amassed nearly 200 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and ran up and over both the first and second string defenses.

THE TONE WAS set early. On the third play, Katz unleashed a bomb deep down sideline. James Rodgers was double covered by Lance Mitchell and Brandon Hardin, but still tracked the ball and reeled it in the back of the end zone.

Quarterbacks Cody Vaz, Jack Lomax and Sean Mannion all took turns orchestrating the second string offense, and Vaz was given one drive with the first string offense.

Vaz looked sharper than he has in recent days, completing 12 of 20 pass attempts for 149 yards and two touchdowns. One errant pass resulted in an interception.

The first string offense looked like this:

QB: Ryan Katz

RB: Jordan Jenkins / Ryan McCants

FB: Will Darkins

WRs: James Rodgers, Aaron Nichols, Darrell Catchings

TE: Brady Camp

H-Back: Joe Halahuni

LT: Wilder McAndrews

LG: Grant Johnson

C: Alex Linnenkohl

RG: Burke Ellis

RT: Mike Remmers

Lomax didn't fare as well as his contemporaries. The redshirt freshman completed just three of 11 pass attempts for 68 yards and an interception. Cornerback Sean Martin returned the pick for a touchdown as he sprinted down the sideline.

DEFENSIVELY, NOT MUCH went right for the Beavers for the first or second string, although Suaesi Tuimaunei had a nice pick and return late.

The senior safety instinctively took off down the sideline, and the hit of the day was on tap.

Fullback Will Darkins was chasing Tuimaunei downfield and his head was most definitely not on a swivel. Big defensive tackle Brennan Olander was headed downfield, looking to throw blocks for the safety.

Olander crashed into Darkins full bore, opening the lane for Tuimaunei to return the interception for six.

The defensive depth chart looked like this:

DE: Taylor Henry / John Braun

DT: Kevin Frahm / Ben Motter

DT: Brennan Olander / Joe Lopez

DE: Gabe Miller / Mana Rosa

SAM: Dwight Roberson / Michael Doctor

MIKE: Rueben Robinson

WILL: Keith Pankey / Zane Norris

CB: Brandon Hardin / Sean Martin

S: Lance Mitchell / Josh LaGrone

S: Suaesi Tuimaunei / Dax Dilbeck

CB: Jordan Poyer / Ryan Handford

NOTE: This report originally had Tony Wilson as running with the 1s when it was instead Rueben Robinson.
  • Seniors James Dockery and Stephen Paea were given a rest from the scrimmage, and Jacquizz Rodgers sat out per usual.

  • Much of the afternoon was dedicated to getting the younger guys some playing time but when the first string offense was in, it all went their way.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING (No-Yds-TD)
    Jordan Jenkins, 6-104; Malcolm Marable, 4-12; Ryan McCants, 8-10; Darrell Catchings, 1-4; Jack Lomax, 1-(-5); Cody Vaz, 3-(-13); Sean Mannion, 3-(-15).

    PASSING (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)
    Cody Vaz, 20-12-1-149-2; Ryan Katz, 5-4-0-100-2; Jack Lomax, 11-3-1-68-0; Sean Mannion, 9-6-0-51-0.

    RECEIVING (No-Yds-TD)
    Jordan Jenkins, 5-84-2; James Rodgers, 3-81-1; Micah Hatfield, 4-67; Kevan Walker, 4-55; John Reese, 2-31; Brett Ackerman, 1-14; Darrell Catchings, 2-10; Colby Prince, 1-9; Ryan McCants, 1-6; Joe Halahuni, 1-5; Clayton York, 1-5.

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