The practice report for Monday begins with an injury update with new wounded and players getting back to work for the Oregon State football team.
Starting DT Brennan Olander sat out due to sickness. “They are checking for strep and all that kind of stuff,” coach Mike Riley said. FB Will Darkins was out, and will be for a while, due to a concussion.
LB Kevin Unga (hip) returned. So did MLB Rueben Robinson (chest pains). “That’s throws up a red, but he checked out all OK,” Riley said.
Reports circulated out of Hawaii about former OSU LB David Pa’aluhi trying to transfer there after departing OSU this winter.
The Beavers gave him a release out of his scholarship for that school only at the request of his father. Pa’aluhi’s father is trying to get him to stay in school instead of joining the military.
The Beavers worked a lot of their running game with much of the team periods, but there was no tackling. RB Jordan Jenkins continues to impress.
“It’s all situational,” Riley said. “We are trying to fit all the parts in and getting better.”
QB Ryan Katz had another stellar day hitting split end Markus Wheaton and slot back Jordan Bishop. Wheaton and Katz continue to establish themselves as the top guy in their positions.
“I saw a couple of those with Bishop and Markus Wheaton that has to become a necessity for us to be successful,” Riley said. “We need those guys to get together to get that chemistry.”
Backup CB Jordan Poyer had a good day with pass breakups and an INT of QB Peter Lalich.