I’m back from vacation ready to work. Relaxing wore me out, so I’m eager to get back to work and rest. Two of my favorite 80s rockers open up the new season.
Here’s the initial report I’ve come up with from checking out summer voluntary workouts with the Oregon State football team.
How injuries healed were the biggest questions surrounding the offseason. The Beavers are not at full strength, yet, but are getting there.
QB Ryan Katz said he fully recovered from a fractured throwing wrist and will be ready for the first practice Aug. 8.
Katz has been throwing full speed throughout the summer after voluntary workouts. He has been organizing the receivers to run routes and get back in shape.
WR James Rodgers reported on his Twitter page last week his knee rehab has gone well and started running routes. He has been recovering this summer at home near Houston. Rodgers injured his left knee Oct. 9 at Arizona and needed two offseason surgeries.
TE Joe Halahuni is still rehabbing his shoulder. He had surgery after spring practice from injury during the season. Halahuni hoped it would heal during the winter, but it became worse during spring practice. He’s expects to be back by mid-September.
WR Jordan Bishop recovered from offseason surgery on his ankle. He has been running with the team during the summer voluntary workouts. Bishop missed all of spring practice after being injured in a pickup basketball game. He had been in line for a breakout season.
RB Jordan Jenkins expects to be back full speed when training camp begins Aug. 8. He tore the labrum in his right shoulder in the spring week of spring practice and needed offseason surgery. He has been lifting weights for the lower body and running during the summer.
All the incoming freshman are on campus taking classes and are working out, expect for two. DE Elisinoa Aluesi is expected to go on his two-year Mormon mission first before joining the team. Athlete d’Vante Henry did not qualifying academically, plans to attend Arizona Western College.