Fall Camp, Day #6: Dog Days of Doubles

Photo By: Karl Maasdam/Oregon State Athletics   08-09-2014

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The Beavers celebrated the arrival of two-a-days Saturday with new practice jerseys. The new duds feature the Re-Beaved numbering system in BRIGHT orange … and the players certainly seem to enjoy the crispness of the new unis.

Saturday’s action on the field included two team periods with live tackling. During the first full-go series sophomore Brent VanderVeen found Jordan Villamin behind the defense for a long catch and run for the score. During one-on-ones though, the defensive backs got the better of the offense with interceptions by Dwayne Williams, Tyrequek Zimmerman and Devin Chappell. Williams has made numerous plays the past two days including at least two interceptions and added two pass break-ups today as well. Coach Riley to the media after practice that Williams has drawn the coaches’ attention.

There was also good news on the field today as slot back Blair Cavanaugh returned to practice after missing the last couple days, tight end Connor Hamlett, and running backs Damien Haskins and Jaylynn Bailey all eased back into practice mode participating in drills but not team interactions.

In case you missed the Pac-12 Training Camp show featuring the Beavers last night on Pac-12 Networks, you can watch it re-air today at 4:30 p.m. and Sun. at 4 a.m. and also it is available at Pac-12.com. Watch a behind the scenes video by clicking the icon in the photo at the top of the page.

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:

Beavers cornerback Larry Scott using improved technique to become frontrunner for starting job – Gina Mizell, The Oregonian

Gavin Andrews moves to left tackle for Beavers – Connor Letourneau, The Oregonian

Oregon State freshmen work to pass mental tests in fall camp – Connor Letourneau, The Oregonian

Beavers combine work with fun – Gary Horowitz, Statesman-Journal

Iona Pritchard joins brother Baker for final football season – Kevin Hampton, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Jacob Wark leaves Cal to spend senior season with Beavers – Kevin Hampton, Corvallis Gazette-Times


Trevor Cramer from OSU’s Athletic Communications office caught up with fifth-year senior transfers tight ends Iona Pritchard and Jacob Wark to find out more about the newcomers.

IONA PRITCHARD, TE, 6-0, 255, South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS/BYU)

What city in the world would you like to visit?

“Rio de Janeiro, because it’s popular and you see it in movies all the time.”

Who do you model your game after?

“I model my style after Mike Tolbert. Tolbert is an all-around back, and that’s what I aim for. You have to be able to run, block and catch the ball.”

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

“Probably Sean Mannion, because he’s at the helm of everything. It would definitely be cool to be a quarterback.”

What are fans going to see from you this season?

“I’m just going to work hard to contribute in any capacity I can. No matter what my role is, I am going to try my hardest to fill it.”

What convinced you to choose Oregon State?

“My younger brother (redshirt freshman Baker Pritchard) plays here, so that was the biggest reason.”

What is it going to be like to play with your brother?

“It means a lot to me and to my family. He came to BYU to play with me, before he went on his mission, but I ended up breaking my leg, so we never got to play together. Now I came here so I could play my last season with him. I’m hoping everything works out, and we have a good year.”

JACOB WARK, TE, 6-3, 261, Tualatin, Ore. (Jesuit HS/California)

What city in the world would you like to visit?                                               

“I think I’d choose Bend, Ore. I love the atmosphere there, and I really love the outdoors. I’m really into hunting and fishing, so I feel at home in the fresh air out there.”

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

“I would choose Gavin Andrews, because he has a great personality and he’s a great guy. I’d like to feel what it’s like to be him for a day.”

What convinced you to choose Oregon State?

“The team here is a big family, and being closer to home I’m able to see my family more. Honestly I always thought I would be a Beaver someday, so it’s better late than never.”

If Chef Raul was cooking, and you got to make the menu, what would be on it?

“He made some pasta last night with shrimp, and that was really good, so I’d probably either choose that or the barbecue chicken. I’m a big chicken guy.”

What can Oregon State expect from you this season?

“They can expect me to be a good teammate. I’m going to do whatever it takes to help the team win.”

After being in California for a few years, what does it mean to you to be back in Corvallis?

“It’s been an amazing transition. I was a little nervous when I first came back. California was great, but within just a few weeks back here I’ve noticed a different atmosphere with the coaches and the players. The guys here are working hard all the time and they never take a day off. They know that the work they put in now will help us during the season.”