SATURDAY REPORT: Collins to 'backer?

CORVALLIS–From seemingly one day to the next this fall camp, the offense and defense have looked great, and then not so great. Saturday was the offense's turn for an off day. It started out well but in the end, inaccuracies and mistiming were too common. The d-line was dominant, and a starting safety might have found something of a new home, a few yards closer to the line of scrimmage..

Junior safety Cameron Collins took snaps at both the weakside and strongside linebacker on the first and second string side during today's practice.

Collins goes about 6-2, 230.

"It's absolutely something we are looking at doing," Mike Riley said when asked if it's something permanent or just a dabble. "We had different looks like this in the past with guys that play safety in situations, we are just moving him into that, and he actually came and talked to the coaches about being able to do that."

How Collins might be implemented, whether he'd in essence be a rolled up safety, and play something of a hybrid position, is yet to be revealed.

Meanwhile, middle linebackers Tony Wilson and Rueben Robinson continued to battle it out for the starting MIKE spot. Wilson took the bulk of the first string snaps throughout today's practice, it was Robinson getting the lion's share yesterday.

QB Ryan Katz was efficient throughout Saturday's practice -- until the hurry-up session.

There, QB-1 was picked off not once, twice, but three times in his drive, each throw going into traffic. Granted, fall camp is the time to take chances and make mistakes, thus learning from them, but Katz would certainly like to have each one of those passes back.

The first two were intended for freshman wide receiver Kevin Cummings, and overthrown both times. Safety Lance Mitchell came away with the first pick, linebacker Dwight Roberson the second, and his was the most impressive.

Roberson leapt and snatched the ball out of the air, then nearly took it to the house the other way.

Defensive tackle Kevin Frahm added some levity, yelling at the offense to let them know after the interception; "This ain't no video game! You don't get do-overs!"

Speaking of Frahm, he took some snaps at second string defensive end, the position he played his first two years before moving to d-tackle this spring. Due to the ankle injury suffered by sophomore starter Taylor Henry on Friday, head man Mike Riley had Frahm get some work in there.

JC transfer Dominic Glover continued to fill in for Henry with the first string defense this afternoon, and did some good work against sophomore left tackle Michael Philipp on a couple of passing downs.

Henry was in a boot and while it remains to be seen when he comes back, he's planning on being healed up in the next few days and starting against TCU.

IN THE FIRST team session, the second string offense went up against the first string defense. That's when things got dicey for Philipp as Glover right away put him to work. The junior defensive end blasted off the edge and collapsed the pocket on freshman QB Cody Vaz.

Later in the same drive, Glover combined with Frahm and senior Brennan Olander to pressure Vaz, causing errant throws on consecutive plays.

Today's defensive depth chart looked like this:

LE: Gabe Miller / Andrew Seumalo / Scott Crichton

DT: Kevin Frahm / Brennan Olander/ Castro Masaniai / Ben Motter

DT: Stephen Paea / Evan Hull / Nathan Hannah

RE: Dominic Glover / Kevin Frahm / Mana Rosa

SLB: Dwight Roberson / Keo Camat / Michael Doctor / Cameron Collins / Zane Norris

MLB: Tony Wilson / Rueben Robinson / Feti Unga / Walker Vave

WLB: Keith Pankey / Uani Unga / Cameron Collins

LCB: James Dockery / Jordan Poyer / Keynan Parker

S: Lance Mitchell / Josh LaGrone / Dax Dilbeck

S: Suaesi Tuimaunei / Anthony Watkins / Zeke Sanders

BACK OVER ON the offensive side, Heisman Trophy candidate and recent Doak Walker Watch List member Jacquizz Rodgers ran with purpose throughout practice.

The junior running back continued to run at full speed despite the fact he wasn't in contact situations, and showed good hands in each of the team and skelly sessions. In the last skelly session of the afternoon Rodgers beat Roberson for a TD.

Katz connected with James Rodgers later on what went down as the play of the day. Katz underthrew the receiver, had the ball tipped by Keynan Parker but Quon tipped the ball to himself, reeled it in and beat the cornerback down the sideline for a touchdown.

The first string offense looked like this throughout practice:

QB: Ryan Katz

RB: Jacquizz Rodgers

FB: Will Darkins

WR: James Rodgers / Aaron Nichols / Markus Wheaton / Kevin Cummings

TE: Brady Camp

H-Back: Joe Halahuni / John Reese

LT: Wilder McAndrews

LG: Grant Johnson

C: Alex Linnenkohl

RG: Burke Ellis

RT: Mike Remmers

Finally, one of the big mysteries of fall camp was solved today: What to do with grayshirt freshman wide receiver Obum Gwacham.

The former Oregon track champion showed great promise throughout camp, so much that the coaching staff pondered the idea of bypassing his redshirt year for now and playing him. Not anymore. After practice Riley ended speculation, saying that Gwacham will indeed redshirt this year.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Senior cornerback James Dockery has a sore hamstring but has been battling through it.

  • The Beavers have Sunday off and pick things back up on Monday, with less than a week of work remaining until they meet TCU at Dallas Stadium.


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