It was a quite day on the field for the Oregon State football for Day 1 of spring practice Tuesday inside the Truax Indoor Center. Here’s my full story in Wednesday’s GT.
However, there was plenty of news. Redshirt freshman DT Desmond Collins broke a bone in one of his feet playing basketball.
Collins was on crutches and already had surgery. Coach Mike Riley said he’ll be ready for the fall.
WR Tyler Trosin and DE Akeem Gonzales were suspended for violating team rules. This was hinted about before spring break since they are not on the Riley’s depth chart.
Previously suspended CBs Sean Martin (DUII), Malcolm Marable (excessive speeding) and Mishawn Cummings (team violations) were reinstated.
As for the practice, both Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz looked sharp, while WR Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks caught everything their way.
“I thought it was good give and take since it was pretty much vanilla the first day,” Riley said.
RB Terron Ward ran with the first string with Jordan Jenkins, Malcolm Agnew and Storm Woods filling out the depths. That depth chart just started were it ended last season.
“I thought they looked good, considering they weren’t going to get tackled today,” Riley said. “They stayed on their feet. We will have more information at the end of the spring. We might not have a final answer by then. We have a lot of good football player there. I don’t now who is going to step up and be great.”
TE Caleb Smith didn’t look out of place, since he’s only supposed to be a senior in high school. The other player, LB Caleb Saulo, who wanted to graduate early didn’t make it in academically and will wait for the summer.
“You would not know he’s a senior in high school,” Riley said of Smith. “With 15 (spring) practices, a summer to work out and fall camp, I don’t know why he can’t be in the mix when we get to the games.”
Practice was three hours. It started early and went late. Many plays were run against air and backups. There was about 20 minutes of offense vs. defense.
Players didn’t have pads on, just helmets. Full pads go on Saturday.
“It was good movement,” Riley said. “There was a good vibe around and the enthusiasm is good. They were looking forward to it.”
Hear more about what Riley said to the media after practice in the above video.