The final spring practice for the Oregon State football team Wednesday started out listless. Everyone appeared tired.
Then it picked up at the end. The OL and DL reversed roles in a drill where the OL tried to pass rush while the DL tried to block. It typically gets the players excited. Neither did a good job.
“I’ve loved the enthusiasm of our team,” coach Mike Riley said of the spring. “We’ll go back and look at this and get ready for fall camp and give the guys some guidelines for what they can do in the summer. I’m sad to see it end, and we’ll have a good game Saturday.”
Injuries continue to mount. See my previous post about TE Joe Halahuni (shoulder). Others watching Wednesday that normally don’t were: TE Colby Prince (ankle) and RB Terron Ward (knee). WR Geno Munoz (hamstring) returned.
The spring game (scrimmage) is 12:15 p.m. Saturday in Reser Stadium. Parking will be a pain. There’s a bunch of activities going on around camps with Mom’s Weekend and Pet Day. So don’t bring out any fireworks. You don’t want to scare the pets again.
As for position battles still going on, RB, MLB, RG and RT are wide open, Riley said. “It’s too early to single out one guy without mentioning the other guys,” he said.
As for the OL battles, Riley said: “We want chemistry in the offensive line, but we want to find the best player. Sometimes that may take a while.”
To celebrate the end of the grind of spring practice, here’s a classic favorite of mine. No intro needed.