Oregon State football coach Mike Riley promised about 50 plays — that means 70 for him — and a slew of special teams plays on Saturday in the final spring practice.
“I’d like to pick two teams and play a game, but for me spring practice is about growth,” Riley said. “It’s a glorified practice. We’ll use it as No. 15 and get some things in.”
However, players will be allowed to finish plays with tackles. That will get them hyped up for the event.
“Regardless that we are not playing a game it has an atmosphere of football with more people in the stands,” Riley said. “Some guys lose their minds.”
Things to look for include how the running game develops, who emerges as the ball carrier and how QB Sean Mannion avoids turnovers.
And this my seem minor now, but it won’t be in the fall, but the punters Tim McMullen and Keith Kostol have yet to punt in front of a Division I crowd.
“Our two punters had a terrific spring, but how they’ll react in front of people will be interesting,” Riley said.
The scrimmage starts at noon, and you can meet the team at 10 a.m. for autographs. I’m sure you’ll score some free swag.
And check out my story on the new DB coach, Rod Perry, if you missed it in Friday’s GT.