The Oregon State football team concluded the first week of training camp Saturday night. The Beavers are off Sunday and then hit the field for another double-day Monday.
So here are some of my impressions of the offense after one week. Please feel free to discuss.
Defense impressions will come later. If you noticed with the coverage in the GT I’ve been making my rounds around the offense. This week will be the defense.
Sean Canfield continues to be smooth. I remember two years ago QB coach Danny Langsdorf would yell at him, and Lyle Moevao, a lot about their mistakes. That’s not happening now.
Ryan Katz still dazzles with a strong arm. He’s not as consistent as Canfield, yet, but you can see it coming along.
Peter Lalich is sort of in Canfield’s position two years ago. Langsdorf is on him a bit for decisions. But he makes some pretty throws.
Jacquizz Rodgers is as expected. He’s being worked hard as a receiver. This started in spring. Coach Mike Riley said it’s because he didn’t force too many passes on a true freshman, but might use him out of the backfield more as a sophomore.
Jovan Stevenson maintains his lead on Ashton Jefferson for the No. 2 spot. Both say it’s the pass blocking concepts they have the most trouble with.
James Rodgers keeps making stellar plays. Darrell Catchings has been kind of quiet in that regard, but he has been steady, except for a stretch Wednesday.
Beyond them Casey Kjos, Micah Hatfield, Jordan Bishop, Markus Wheaton and Kevan Walker have show flashes of brilliance.
Well, the tackles typically have a rough time with the defense’s speed. The interior is solid with C Alex Linnenkohl, G Gregg Peat and G Ryan Pohl. Walk-on Grant Johnson is making noise for playing time at either LT or LG.
“I’m excited about this group,” OL coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “We have a lot good young kids who will be for us down the road.”
A blog poster asked for depth charts. So here they are after a week. As always, they change.
QB: Sean Canfield, Ryan Katz
RB: Jacquizz Rodgers, Jovan Stevenson
SE: Darrell Catchings, Damola Adeniji UPDATE: Wheaton, Adeniji, Munoz
Fl: James Rodgers, Markus Wheaton UPDATE: Adeniji
SB: Casey Kjos, Jordan Bishop
TE: TBA between Howard Croom, Joe Halahuni, John Reese and Brady Camp
LT: Grant Johnson, Michael Philipp
LG: Ryan Pohl, Michael Lamb
C: Alex Linnenkohl, Johnson
RG: Gregg Peat, Ellis Burke
RT: Mike Remmers, Colin Kelly
DE: Ben Terry, Matt LaGrone
DT: Latu Moala, Mitchel Hunt
DT: Stephen Paea, Brennan Olander
DE: Kevin Frahm, Gabe Miller
OLB: Kevin Pankey/Dwight Roberson, Kameron Krebs/Zane Norris
MLB: David Pa’aluhi, Walker Vave
OLB: Keaton Kristick, Keo Camat
CB: Tim Clark, Brandon Hardin
S: Lance Mitchell or Cameron Collins
S: Suaesi Tuimaunei, Josh LaGrone
CB: James Dockery, Patrick Henderson