DAY 15: Beavs' final double-day

CORVALLIS – Following the scrimmage on Wednesday, contact was at a minimum today and the Beavs spent a good portion of the practice running through offensive and defensive drills.

Cameron Collins (groin) eased back into action after some missed time, while Mitch Singler (shoulder) was out.

Darrell Catchings has been coming on of late. Where he might play is anyone's guess -- he can play all three OSU receiver spots but his natural position is flanker which means he'll definitely back up James Rodgers. But whether he's spelling one of the starters or getting some front-line turns, he looks to firmly be in the mix.

The offensive and defensive line, along with the running backs, linebackers and safeties all participated in the "middle drill" early on in practice.

Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh was not pleased with the results from the offensive line during that drill, so for the second time in a week he had his lineman running bear crawls from the end zone to the 10-yard line and back numerous times.

In the meantime, cornerbacks worked together to practice gaining the upper hand on passing routes, something they didn't do in the scrimmage.

Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends were all working together on timing on the other side of the field.

After the individual drills the offense and defense got together for team and skelly sessions, which consumed the second half of practice. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Katz continued to display a big-time arm.

Among the highlights, Katz connected long distance with senior wideout James Rodgers over sophomore cornerback Jordan Poyer for a TD.

Poyer got some revenge a couple of plays later, however, knocking away the Katz pass intended for Rodgers.

It is sometimes easy to forget how athletic the Oregon State offensive line is out there. Junior right tackle Mike Remmers was out in front one play, leading the blocking for Heisman trophy Jacquizz Rodgers. Remmers picked up Dwight Roberson nicely on the play, allowing Quizz to sprint down the sideline.

Freshman quarterback Cody Vaz had a good morning. Katz' backup delivered two deep balls this morning reeled in by his receivers.

The first was courtesy of sophomore wideout Markus Wheaton, who got behind the linebackers and then sprinted past safety Brian Watkins down the sideline.

The second connection was to sophomore wideout Jordan Bishop, who got past cornerback Rashaad Reynolds for the score.

While it's usually offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh at the highest volume, junior defensive tackle Kevin Frahm gave him a run for his money today. He had a couple choice phrases throughout Wednesday morning, including one after Quizz had been shut down in the backfield; "I know you didn't want to go through my gap, Quizz!! TEXAS, BABY!! Yeehaww!!"

The first string offense and defense looked like this:


QB: Ryan Katz

RB: Jacquizz Rodgers

FB: Will Darkins

WR: James Rodgers, Aaron Nichols, Jordan Bishop, Darrell Catchings

TE: Brady Camp, Joe Halahuni, John Reese

LT: Wilder McAndrews

LG: Grant Johnson

C: Alex Linnenkohl

RG: Burke Ellis

RT: Mike Remmers


LE: Gabe Miller

DT: Stephen Paea

DT: Kevin Frahm

RE: Taylor Henry

SAM: Dwight Roberson

MIKE: Tony Wilson

WILL: Keith Pankey

LCB: James Dockery

S: Lance Mitchell

S: Suaesi Tuimaunei

RCB: Brandon Hardin

The Beavers return to the practice field later this evening for the last of their two-a-day sessions for the fall.

Sophomore running back Jovan Stevenson's shoulder surgery went through without a hitch yesterday, said Riley. Doctors checked out his range of motion yesterday after the surgery and were pleased with the results. Stevenson will redshirt this year.

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