Quarterbacks Combine for Six Touchdown Passes Friday
April 23, 2010
Corvallis, Ore. -
Three Oregon State quarterbacks combined for six touchdown passes as Oregon State had its first full scrimmage of the 2010 season on a sundrenched Friday afternoon at Reser Stadium
The 100-plus play scrimmage got off to a great start for sophomore signal caller Ryan Katz, as the Santa Monica, Calif., native connected with receiver James Rodgers on a 65-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the day. Rodgers caught a comeback pass and then raced down the sideline avoiding several defenders.
“That play was nice to see,” Beaver head coach Mike Riley said. “On first-and-10 we have to be able to make that play if we get one-on-one coverage against James. We need to be able to complete that come-back and then if you don’t do a good job on it (defense) you saw what James can do.”
Katz finished the day completing 9 of 21 pass attempts for 122 yards. In addition to the Rodgers touchdown pass, he also hooked up on a 1-yard strike to tight end Brady Camp after running back Jovan Stevenson ran for 34 yards to set up the score. Katz was intercepted once by cornerback Brandon Hardin.
“We have probably scrimmaged more this spring than ever, since we are going Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but I think the players are pretty fresh,” Riley said of the lengthy day. “At the end I just wanted to get the young guys a chance to play. I wanted to see us make some plays, finish plays and just play football.”
The quarterback competition continues to be a focal point of spring ball. In addition to Katz’s numbers, Peter Lalich was 5-for-8 for 37 yards, Cody Vaz was 10 of 15 for 169 yards and Jack Lomax was 9 of 18 for 137 yards. Vaz threw touchdown passes of 27 yards to Darrell Catchings and 9 yards to Aaron Nichols. Lomax’s scores were both to receiver Mitch Singler, 12 and 13 yards.
“I’d like to see the tape today and go through everything,” Riley said when asked about the quarterbacks. “They got rushed a lot. I loved our speed our defense today. I thought Taylor Henry, Gabe (Miller) and Kevin Frahm produced a lot of pressure.”
Henry had back-to-back sacks to highlight the defense, with several other big hits, including safety Cameron Collins on tight end Joe Halahuni in the middle of the field. Halahuni was slow to get up twice and suffered what Riley termed a mild ankle sprain after a 36-yard reception from Vaz.
Oregon State returns to the practice field Monday at 3 p.m. for the final week of spring practice. The Spring Game is May 1 at Reser Stadium.
James Rodgers, 2-74-1; Markus Wheaton, 3-17-0; Joe Halahuni, 2-45-0; Jovan Stevenson, 2-17-0; Jordan Jenkins, 2-35-0; Darrell Catchings, 4-71-1; Aaron Nichols, 2-24-0; John Reese, 2-30-0; Geno Munoz, 3-37-0; Ryan McCants, 2-3-0; Brady Camp, 1-1-1; Garrett Hall, 1-7-0; Obum Gwacham, 1-7-0; Mitch Singler, 4-59-2; Kevan Walker, 1-15-0; Kevin Cummings, 1-8-0;
Brady Camp 1-yard pass from Katz
Aaron Nichols, 9-yard pass from Vaz
Singler, 12-yard pass from Lomax
Justin Kahut, 42-yard field goal
Kahut 37-yard field goal