Spring Football Practice -- Day 9 -- Red Zone Scrimmage
April 16, 2010
The third week of spring practice at Oregon State came to an end Friday, with a red-zone scrimmage.
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Katz led the first unit to six touchdowns. Wide receiver Jordan Bishop caught two touchdown passes from Katz, 10 and 22 yards, receiver Markus Wheaton had a 20-yard touchdown catch and tight end John Reese had a two-yard grab.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Lomax hooked up for two 20-yard touchdown passes to receivers Kevan Walker and Mitch Singler. Junior Peter Lalich, working with the second team for the most part, threw a touchdown pass of 11 yards to receiver Geno Munoz. Running back Ryan McCants scored three times on the ground, 11, 3 and 1 yards, Jordan Jenkins had a 20-yard touchdown run and fellow backfield mate Jovan Stevenson had a 6-yard score.
Following practice Beaver head coach Mike Riley had some advice for the team while in the huddle.
"Basically it was a message for them that they have to get better," Riley said. "There are some good things going on, but the things that aren't good are a result of us messing it up. It was just a reminder that the only way to get better is to be sharper."
The Beavers continued to show glimpses of being an excellent offensive team, and Katz in particular showed great mobility.
"Ryan made some good plays, threw some good balls, but sometimes didn't execute great, but the results were good," Riley said. "Ryan is a great athlete with a terrific arm. But, I will state this as fact this is an open competition for the starting job at quarterback that might go all the way through fall camp. We will travel with three quarterbacks so there is a lot of opportunity."
All-America candidates running back Jacquizz Rodgers and defensive tackle Stephen Paea did not participate in the situational scrimmage, and it's unlikely either will during the spring session. Linebacker Rueben Robinson missed nearly the entire day with an unknown injury that didn't appear to be serious.
The media contingent today included Paul Buker from The Oregonian, Cliff Kirkpatrick from the Gazette-Times, the Daily Barometer, BeaverFootball.com, BeaverBlitz.com, KEZI, KMTR and KVAL.
Ted Miller of ESPN.com was on campus recently and today filed these stories for his college football blog page - Riley's Ambition Resides in Corvallis and Katz Embraces Role in Potent Beaver Offense
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