The Oregon State football team conducted what could be the last grass practice on the Prothro Field onThursday night. A synthetic surface and lights are being put in during the offseason. Reser Stadium is also being redone.
“It could be, and I enjoyed it,” coach Mike Riley said of it being the last practice on the field. “We’ll be able to have some beautiful night practices on the turf out here in the future. It severed us well, but it doesn’t serve us often enough. That’s why we are going to put turf in.”
But what about the times you have games on grass?
“We’ll have that situation once every two years, and that’s because of Stanford,” Riley said. “The grass in Arizona and Southern California are not like this at all. It’s better to practice on turf. We’ll adjust once every two years for three practices, and we’ll adjust and find a grass field to practice on when we play Stanford.”
MLB Kevin Unga (calf/knee) practice for the second day in a row. He’ll be brought on the trip to Cal with his availability to be determined on game day. Tony Wilson will start with Rueben Robinson available.
“We are going to talk about it,” Riley said. “We’ll see if that means game-ready. There’s a difference there. It’s been a while since he played.”
OG Burke Ellis (back) is available after missing two weeks. He’s to the point that he’ll rotate into games with other OGs Grant Enger and Josh Andrews.