PRACTICE REPORT: DAY 2 - The Wrist is 100%
Aug. 9, 2011
Ryan Katz's left wrist is fine ... 100 percent. As People in attendance at Oregon State's first two practices can attest, Katz is taking all of his reps and looks good doing it. Evidence? How about the perfectly placed bomb he hit Markus Wheaton with on Monday. Or the dart he had on target on a dig route by Brandin Cooks Tuesday.
After being asked at lunch today about the health of this wrist for the umpteenth time since Spring Ball, Ryan Katz is ready to put that question to rest. "It's 100 percent; a non-issue," Katz said.
While Katz has put his cannon-arm on display and has quickly gotten in synch with a talented group of wide receivers - ranked No. 9 in the nation by Rivals.com - it was a pass and catch from redshirt freshman Sean Mannion to sophomore Kevin Cummings that was deemed the Play of the Day. From the 35-yard line, Mannion's pass reached the goal line where Cummings climbed the ladder to out jump junior safety Anthony Watkins for the touchdown reception. Cummings, who is working primarily as a slot receiver, turned in several other big plays and quickly became the hot ticket among the media seeking post-practice interviews.
"Kevin's been in that development mode, waiting for his time, and doing a lot of work," head coach Mike Riley said. "He's definitely taken a jump up in the spring ball and fall camp and the result is he's made a couple big time plays two days in a row."
Team building activities continue tonight with a pair of guest speakers, Rep. Eric Pettigrew, from Washington's 37th District, who was a four-year letterwinner at Oregon State at offensive tackle from 1978-81, and Lenny Holmes, a four-year letterman at running back from 1975-78.
Fans are encouraged to check out the latest Meet the Beavs article put out today on osubeavers.com ... this Q&A, which was misplaced during spring ball, features freshman linebacker Josh Williams. Click here for a link to the Meet the Beavs archives.
Media in attendance Monday included Paul Buker from The Oregonian, Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Bob Clark from the Register-Guard, Zach Hall from the Bend Bulletin, and Gary Horowitz from the Statesman-Journal made his fall camp debut. In addition, KEZI-TV had a contingent on hand. Cameron Collins and freshman Brandin Cooks were radio guests with Ron Callan from 860 AM (KPAM) while old hands Lance Mitchell and James Rodgers made call-in appearances on 1080 The Fan. Check your local media outlets from coverage of the Beavers' second day of practice.
Practice resumes Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Tommy Prothro Football Complex.
Single game tickets, both home and away, are available now through the OSU Ticket Office by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, online at osubeavers.com and in person at the ticket office in Gill Coliseum.
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