Fall Camp, Day #2: Bolden is Blazing

Photo By: Karl Maasdam/Oregon State Athletics   08-05-2014

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It’s only day two of fall camp and the media has focused its attention on the passing game in the early going and despite the repeated answers of head coach Mike Riley and postseason awards candidate quarterback Sean “The Machine” Mannion that sophomore flanker Victor Bolden was a big part of that answer the questions keep coming.

Today Bolden, who is a candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, showed that the potential is there to provide big plays for the Beavers. We all knew Bolden was fast, but Tuesday that speed was once again on display. During the teams’ brief 7-on-7 period, Bolden lined up against Nagurski Trophy candidate Steven Nelson and got behind the senior corner to grab a bomb from Mannion with Nelson draped all over him. Bolden was also a focus in the short passing game throughout the practice period.

In truth – and as Mannion has said time and again – no single player needs to replace 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner Brandin Cooks, but rather the production needs to be replaced. The tight end position is one that will likely pick up some of that production as well. Starters Connor Hamlett and Caleb Smith both battled injuries in 2013 but are poised for a big season. In addition, a collection of less experienced receivers are battling to establish a role for playing time including Kendall Hill, Jordan Villamin, Hunter Jarmon, Malik Gilmore, Blair Cavanaugh, Rahmel Dockery, Datrin Guyton, Tanner Sanders, Xavier Hawkins, Drew Kell and Gabe Ovgard.

Another bright spot on the offense Tuesday was senior tight end transfer Jacob Wark who hauled in a pass over the shoulders of linebacker D.J. Alexander. Wark is filling in nicely at tight end following the retirement of Tyler Perry over the summer.

More roster housekeeping came after practice. Sophomore safety A.J. Hedgecock, who missed the 2013 season due to a shoulder injury, has elected to leave the program.

Beaver fans, it looks like a special year. Have you purchased your tickets?

Now to what we like to call Woodchips – your source to various media links:

Washington State transfer Rahmel Dockery relishes fresh start – Connor Letourneau, The Oregonian

Fall camp represents next step in quest to replace former superstar Brandin Cooks – Gina Mizell, The Oregonian

It all starts up front as OSU seeks more balance – Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune

Fall camp opens for Beavers – Kevin Hampton, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Rahmel Dockery journeys to Corvallis – Kevin Hampton, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Oregon State Opens Fall Camp KEZI-TV


Trevor Cramer from OSU’s Athletic Communications office caught up with freshmen Drew Kell and Yanni Demogerontas after their first practice, Monday, to get a learn a little more about the newcomers.

DREW KELL, WR, 6-1, 183, Hilo, Hawai’i (Crescent Valley HS (OR))

What city in the world would you like to visit?

“I’m happy here in Corvallis. I’m not a fan of the big city. I prefer small towns, so Corvallis is great for me.”

Who is your favorite NFL Player? Who do you model your game after?

“My favorite player is Taylor Mays. I model my game after Tim Tebow, because he never said no to anything. He just kept on working, no matter what.”

If you didn’t play football, what sport would you play?

“Definitely baseball. I didn’t really enjoy it very much when I was playing, but I was pretty good at it.”

Who on the football team would you like to trade places with for a day and why?

Steven Nelson, because of his mentality. He’s dominant on the field, and I respect his personality.”

What are the Beavers going to see from you this season?

“They will see a lot of hard work. I’m going to work hard to earn a spot on the team, and I am going to try to make the people around me better by doing my best.”

What convinced you to choose Oregon State?

“My brother (Devon Kell) played here for a few years, and coming from a small town in Hawai’i, you don’t see very many guys that go on to play at the next level. Seeing him play here, and the environment at Oregon State, made me want to play here.”

What does it mean for you to play for the same team your brother previously played for?

“He was always my idol and my favorite player, and seeing how hard he worked always motivated me. He led the way for me, and, as his younger brother, I feel like it’s my duty to keep his legacy going.”

YANNI DEMOGERONTAS, OL, 6-3, 275, Orland Park, Ill. (Sandburg HS)

What city in the world would you like to visit?

“I think I’d like to visit New York.”

Who is your favorite NFL Player? Who do you model your game after?

“Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns. He’s great in pass protection. He can stone-wall some of the best rushers in the game.”

If you didn’t play football, what sport would you play?

“Basketball. I’ve always loved that sport. I played it a lot, but I chose football as my main sport.”

Who on the football team would you like to trade places with for a day and why?

Isaac Seumalo, because he has a great grasp of the offense. He knows the whole playbook and all of the calls, and when you first get here that’s the hardest part.”

What convinced you to choose Oregon State?

“For me it was about the atmosphere and the community. People are very welcoming here, and it felt like a really good place for me.”

What was it like being part of the Bridge program?

“It was great. They taught us how to balance academics and sports, so once school starts, we won’t be overwhelmed. We will have a basic understanding of what we need to get done, and how to prioritize.”