It’s that time of year when I go check out the Oregon State football team during a running workout. I did that this week with some spare time.
Strength coach Bryan Miller runs them in a series of sprints and other exercises. This is after weight lifting.
Then the players break up into groups to workout on their own with no coaches around. This is very common for all teams.
However, what caught my attention was the efficiency of what happened. Every group went through their paces quickly.
And the amount of players who were there was impressive. There were big groups of OL, WR, DB, RB and QB that I noticed. Other position groups must have been there.
Players got their work done and then left. In recent years past, players didn’t have urgency as they came and went. Sometimes the group workout didn’t happen since there weren’t enough players around.
QBs typically put these workouts together. They start by throwing to WRs and then get DBs to cover them. So I asked Sean Mannion what he did to light a fire under everyone.
“It’s a group effort,” Mannion said. “We know the more throws and routes we get; it’s all moving to the same goal. As a team we are building chemistry and everyone is focused and positive this offseason.”
You’ll read about players being upset with last year leading up to the fall season, and you’ll roll your eyes because they said a year ago, too.
However, from watching them they mean it this time.
Check out another offseason OSU video below. This one is of sophomore DE Dylan Wynn.