Here are Oregon State football coach Mike Riley‘s final thoughts at the conclusion of spring practice on Saturday.
What are your thoughts on the QBs?
“Cody Vaz really stepped up and had a great spring. Sean (Mannion) had some of the best learning moments of his life this spring. He got some knowledge about the season. He has a lot of confidence.”
What did Mannion learn?
“The coverages we presented him was varied. He saw how to match up our patterns against that.”
What must the QBs improve?
“Guys needed to continue to work on quickening their feet. The more they enhance their quickness, the better life is for quarterbacks. He can get away from the bad guys more quickly. Quarterbacks can also work on quickening their release. That’s a top-two attribute for quarterbacks.”
What else must they do?
“Sean will also spend half of the summer in the film room, and so will Cody. I feel we have two starters. That’s a good thing.
Can Vaz take the starting job?
“There’s a definite 1 and 2. You are always one play away from playing with the second string quarterback. You have to feel confident in him going in and running the game, and winning games And I think he is.”
WR Obum Gwacham was thrown to a lot Saturday, will he be used more?
“Obum was the favorite target in spring practice. He played two positions and was all over the place. He is coming along.
Your thoughts on RB Storm Woods?
“I think he’s extremely explosive and a good athlete. He’s one of the two best receivers and the best route runner (out of the backfield). He’s up there in versatility. Where he has to go is know who to block. That’s a factor to be an all-around guy. That has to be part of your repertoire.”
And RB Malcolm Agnew?
“If Malcolm could do that (pass block) he could be that every down guy.”
Any disappointment in the spring?
I’m not disappointed. I have knowledge where we need to go. We have to block better. They worked hard and made improvements. When we get to the fall camp it’s the same. We have to do better blocking. That has to be a step up.”