The OL set for drill work Monday.
Another scrum broke out at Oregon State football spring practice Monday afternoon. In the old days that would mean a fight.
Now, the offense and defense went at it full speed with gentle tacking allowed.
It was another good day for the defense during the 30-minute session. Unofficially, there were only four passes completed.
“It’s not being able to block them,” coach Mike Riley said of the reason for the poor offensive showing. “That’s why we are doing that, just to keep playing and let guys finish and learn. They are also seeing the kitchen sink coming at them. So there’s a lot of stuff. And that’s all right. They learn how to adjust to it. Defensively, I think we’re playing fast and making plays.”
Neither front-running QB – Ryan Katz or Peter Lalich - looked good on a regular basis. They missed several passes. And in reality the defensive linemen were all over them.
Riley says there are no worries about the QBs or O-line, yet, since it’s still spring.
“It’s pretty typical to me,” Riley said. “It’s always tough sledding moving the ball all spring practice. That’s a good sign because that’s where we need to be defensively. The offense will grow into that. I really believe that. We just have to work all the parts and get better and better.”
On the OL specifically:
“We have to keep rotating those offensive linemen to find the right guys,” Riley said. “They are getting a lot of good work against a quick bunch of guys. That’s good for them. The offensive line is seeing as much speed as they’ll see (in the season).”
On the QBs specifically:
“We just have to keep working with these guys,” Riley said. “We are getting great work ethic from them. They have some good ability. It’s going to be a process there.”
The Other Side
The annual Other Side talent show will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the LaSells Stewart Center. Representatives from all 17 OSU teams will perform.
Tickets will be sold at the door. They are $6 for adults, $3 for OSU students, $1 for children 7-17 and free for 6-and-under. Half the proceeds go to OSU IMPACT – a community program that serves children with disabilities.
WR/CB Jeff Bedbury of Marist High will be a preferred walk-on at OSU, according to the Register-Guard. Bedbury an all-state WR but is expected to be a DB. Preferred walk-ons are players who coaches ask to join the team but without a scholarship.
The WRs at work with the defense in the background.