The Oregon State football team completed six days of training camp and seven practices in the first week.
Coach Mike Riley is always positive, so you have to look at body language of the coaches to figure out how things are going.
What was on display supports a group that is making steady strides forward. There’s a workman-like approach to getting ready for the season. It helps that the first game is against Sacramento State for a warmup before the Wisconsin trip.
The Beavers are installing their systems and drilling players in technique as usual. The veterans have looked impressive at times and most of the young guys look, well young.
“When you are installing new plays it’s two steps forward and a step back,” Riley said. “But now that we’ve had four heavy days of putting in plays, it should be all about refinement. It should be a lot of situational football and a little bit of scrimmaging.”
Riley got upset only once during the week, and that was from a late hit. He’s worried about injuries. There was only one major injury with true freshman CB Larry Scott (knee). He’ll be out for the season after surgery. However, everything else has been treatable.
WR James Rodgers (knee), TE Joe Halahuni (shoulder) and RB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) were all held out of contact. So the full offense wasn’t on display, yet.
Colin Kelly held on to the starting RT spot so far. Burke Ellis held on to the RG spot. The RB situation looks like its going to be Ryan McCants and/or Terron Ward. Both continue to perform the best and get the bulk of the reps.
WR Brandin Cooks and WR Tyrequek Zimmerman have stood out in the newcomer group, Cooks especially. Cooks is working in behind Rodgers and Darrell Catchings at flanker. His speed could be interesting on the fly sweep next year.
The big concerns are still the OL and DL until they show something in games. Development was seen in both groups. The first scrimmage will be Thursday, and then we’ll be able to see the Beavers go full speed.
“We still have a long way to go,” Riley said. “This team has a lot to prove.”