About an hour before spring practice began for the Oregon State football starting DE Matt LaGrone left the team and school, coach Mike Riley said.
Read more about this in Tuesday’s GT. Here’s the link. Basically, it was too much of a strain to be away from his wife and two daughters. They live in Reno, Nev.
Overall practice was solid. It was in the indoor center due to the heavy rains that pelted Corvallis. Ryan Katz led the QBs with Peter Lalich doing well, too.
“The one comforting thing now, we have a lot guys who have been in the program and know the foundation, so we can come out on the first day and run some plays, call some defense and it has some resemblance to football,” Riley said. “Now, there’s a lot of refining to do. But for getting started it was a good day and the enthusiasm was good.”
Katz was throwing missiles most of the time. However, none of the QBs were hitting the tough roll out passes. Timing was off.
“Everything went smooth,” Katz said. “Today was basic, but everything went well.”
“It was a good practice with good effort,” Lalich said. “Everyone was flying around. We’ve been doing this for a while, so it was good.”
The Watkins brothers, Anthony and Brian, were not at practice. The defensive backs couldn’t get back in town on time due to a delayed flight. They were visiting their father on the East Coast during spring break.
The Beavers added a walk-on long snapper in Michael Morovick from Trabuco Hills, Calif. He’s a true freshman who has been part-time student at Saddleback College.
That’s all for now. I have to celebrate a birthday. Check back in the morning for more.