Will Lyles and shady recruiting practices are link the Oregon football team as the Ducks are under NCAA investigation.
Oregon State, however, had some contact with him, according to coach Mike Riley.
“I’ve never talked with him,” Riley said. “The first time heard his name was (offensive coordinator) Danny Langsdorf said this guy kept calling him, but he never called him back. (Lyles) talked with (former RB coach) Reggie (Davis) from time to time. Reggie recruited down there (in Texas).”
Riley likes McCants’ work
Senior RB Ryan McCants still has to hold on to the starting job, but he at least goes out first when camp opens Monday.
McCants ran with a purpose in the spring. He knew this is his last shot to show he can be the guy.
“Ryan McCants worked on the what are not the highpoints of his game,” Riley said. “Over the course of time, he improved as a receiver and stopped fumbling the football. He positioned himself well. If he holds on to it, we’ll see.”
Need OT depth
There are four OTs on the roster (Mike Remmers, Colin Kelly, Michael Philipp, Darryl Jackson) with only three are healthy (Remmers, Kelly, Philipp), and overall OL depth is thin. Recruiting the OL is the priority in the 2012 recruiting class, Riley said.
“You can see tackle will be an emphasis,” Riley said. “We have to build up our offensive line next year.”
No top 25
The Beavers didn’t crack the Top 25 of the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll released Thursday, but did receive four votes.
Riley is one of the voters again. Technically, it’s his assistants who gather info for him to vote.
Some podcast action
Check out this podcast I did with a BYU site preview BYU’s opponents. There’s some Pac-12 talk, too.