FROM DARRELL CATCHINGS stepping up to an injury to Taylor Henry to Cameron Collins' possible move to linebacker. From Ryan Katz moving forward in attack mode to Jordan Jenkins' strong play to the ongoing battle at middle linebacker and more, here are the headlines from the third week of the preseason with the opener now just 5 days away.

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ATTACK MODE.  Coach Mike Riley hasn't been shy with his praise for sophomore QB Ryan Katz and when the Beavers face TCU Sept. 4, the playbook will be wide-open.

"We're not going to hold much back with this guy,'' Riley told The Oregonian.  "We need some stuff to challenge TCU.  The main thing is to tell a guy like Ryan, just go after it.

"He can't be in anything but attack mode.''


STILL UP IN THE AIR.  The starting middle linebacker job, with Rueben Robinson and Tony Wilson the primary contenders, is still up in the air.  Senior outside LB Dwight Roberson gave his take on the situation to The Oregonian.

"It might be a rotation thing,'' Roberson said.  "It might be the same thing that me and Keith did, or they might just start one over the other. We don't know yet.''


STEVENSON HAS SURGERY.  After second thought RB Jovon Stevenson chose to have surgery on his shoulder and will redshirt.  He is expected to be healthy for spring practice.


JENKINS GRABS BACKUP SPOT?  Sophomore RB Jordan Jenkins nearly amassed 200 all-purpose yards in the team's second scrimmage of the fall as he scored two touchdowns - both receiving.

Riley didn't say that Jenkins has won the backup position yet over Ryan McCants, although given the way camp has gone, anything to the contrary would be a shocker.


THREE TO PLAY.  True freshmen DE Scott Crichton, WR Kevin Cummings and LB Michael Doctor are all set to play.  Cummings and Doctor will reportedly play primarily on special teams while Crichton will serve as a backup defensive end.

"It's a depth deal playing defensive end," Riley told The Gazette Times. "He's doing fine. We are looking for more people in that spot playing in the game."


BAD NEWS.  In a nationally reported story, OL Tyler Thomas was kicked off of the team after being arrested in a stranger's house naked and intoxicated.

"It's a tragic thing, and we can't make rhyme or reason to bad decisions sometimes," Riley said.


FORCED TO QUIT.  Defensive linemen Mitchel Hunt and Tonu Tuimalealiffano were both forced to quit football due to recurring injuries.

"Mitch wasn't the same player that he once was. He knew it. We knew it. But we allowed him to give it that shot," Riley told The Oregonian. "And Tonu, hard as he's worked and as good as it would feel for awhile, it never stayed that way.''

Since they started on the team at the beginning of fall camp both of their scholarships will count for the year although Riley plans to appeal one.


BACK AT IT.  Both Darrell Catchings (hamstring) and Markus Wheaton (shoulder) returned to practice after sitting out several sessions due to their injuries.  It was Catchings who has people turning heads though as he got open time and time again.

"He can play any spot," Riley told The Oregonian. "I don't know where he's going to be playing full-time now, but I know he's going to be a flanker.

"What's important is getting more of these receivers healthy, involved and practicing."


THE SECONDARY IS HOBBLED.  The secondary is supposed to be one of the most experienced units on the team but with S Cameron Collins coming back from a groin pull and CB Brandon Hardin from a quad sprain senior S Suaesi Tuimaunei and sophomore CB Jordan Poyer have been receiving all of the snaps.


THAT DANG SHOULDER INJURYJames Rodgers, Markus Wheaton, Mitch Singler, Jovan Stevenson and Mana Rosa have all missed at least one practice due to a shoulder injury.


ANOTHER WATCH LIST.  RB Jacquizz Rodgers has been named to the Doak Walker Award Watch list - he is the only member from the Pac-10.  TCU placed two running backs, Matthew Tucker and Ed Wesley, on the pre-season list.


KAHUT RETURNS.  K Justin Kahut returned to practice after missing several sessions due to a back injury he sustained in a car accident.

His back is still sore, but he expects to be near 100% come game time.

"I don't like to put a percentage on it, but I'm feeling good," Kahut told The Oregonian.  "I should be 100 percent soon."

He is worried about his distance on kickoffs though, so P Johnny  Hekker could handle kickoff duties against TCU.  Hekker worked in off season on his distance and shortening up his stride when punting.


UH-OH.  DE Taylor Henry sprained his right ankle Friday and sat out Saturday.  His ankle didn't swell and he is expected to be back at practice this week.  In the meantime Dominic Glover and Andrew Seaumalo have been taking turns running with the first team. DT Kevin Frahm also played some defensive end as well.

"We are trying to build depth at defensive end and not lose it, " Riley said. "It's discouraging."


AN EXPERIMENT. For the first time in his OSU career junior Cameron Collins took some snaps at outside linebacker.

“It’s something we are looking to doing,” Riley said. “We’ve had looks in the past with guys who played safety in situations there. We are moving him into that. That could fit into packages. We are trying to get him coached up there.”



  • WR Geno Munoz continues to miss practice due to a groin injury.  He is practicing, but not in full speed drills.
  • WR Mitch Singler missed a practice due to a shoulder injury.
  • WR Kevin Cummings missed several practices due to an oblique strain.
  • WR Jordan Bishop missed a practice with a tight back.

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