The big news for the day is reserve OL Rory Ross quit the Oregon State football team, coach Mike Riley said. He’s a junior who hasn’t seen much playing time. Ross has had a long-term knee injury.
“His knee is acting up again,” Riley said. “He applied for the medical hardship waiver to say he can’t compete anymore.”
By doing so Ross will be able to receive a scholarship and not count against the 85 limit for the team.
DT Fred Thompson sat out practice with his right arm in a sling from his shoulder injury Monday. WR Geno Munoz started practice strong but pulled his hamstring.
QB Ryan Katz (wrist) continues to throw harder each day. He’ll be in full practice next week, Riley said. The only thing he can’t do is take snaps under center. The pounding hurts.
The DBs were very strong in coverage. They stripped several balls out of the receivers’ hands. “This is so good for them to practice that in these situations,” Riley said. “It’s a great talent to strip the ball. And it’s a tremendous reminder for the ball carrier to protect the ball.”
Other impressions were WR Darrell Catchings is playing better than in a while and P Johnny Hekker has the strongest arm on the team with Katz hurt.
On the RB front, Jacquizz Rodgers came by the VFC at lunch. He gave his endorsement of greyshirt Terron Ward to replace him. Quizz was impressed with his overall ability and willingness to block.
If you missed it earlier in the day, check out my story in Wednesday’s GT on how the Beavers are trying to replace DT Stephen Paea and how Dominic Glover is getting a shot. In reality, it’s going to be a group effort.
And check out the OSU video of following around defensive coordinator Mark Banker talking defense/LBs.
“We got good speed and good talent,” Riley said of his defense. “We have a lot of work to do to put all the stuff together. That applies to run defense, pass coverage and blitzes. These guys have terrific speed and a lot going on, but it’s only a work in progress now.”