Quarterbacks Look Sharp in First Fall Scrimmage
Aug. 16, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Thursday brought sweltering heat to Reser Stadium for the first scrimmage of the fall for the Oregon State football team. As the mercury pushed toward triple digits the Beavers didn’t slow down but rather pushed through the heat of the day performing under game-like conditions complete with officials for the first time inside Reser Stadium since new FieldTurf was laid this summer.
“It was pretty vanilla; basic football,” Head coach Mike Riley said following Thursday’s first “scrum” of the season. “But, it was pretty good football and decent procedure of the game – and I like that a lot, it was pretty clean.”
It might have been pretty vanilla by Coach Riley’s standards, but for fans in attendance at Reser Stadium it was nice to see the quarterbacks miss on just two passes combined (both passes were dropped) and the receivers continued to make nice plays in the 40-play day.
On the scrimmage’s opening possession Mannion led the offense on an 11-play drive going six-for-six for 51 yards connecting with Obum Gwacham, who could prove to be a red zone favorite in 2012, on a jump ball from seven yards out. Mannion showed patience running through his progressions and dumping the ball off to outlet receivers several times throughout the short scrimmage. He finished the day 11-12 for 83 yards and one touchdown.
“I will say it again, we have two guys at quarterback who can win in this league,” Riley said. “They were both very impressive last night (Wednesday) in the two-minute drills as well.”
The Beavers return to the practice field Friday with drills slated for 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Season tickets, mini-plans, and single game tickets available remain available at www.BeaverTickets.com.
Richard Mullaney 4-41-1; Tyler Perry 2-25; Obum Gwacham 3-24-1; Tyler Anderson 2-24; Malcolm Agnew 1-20-1; Brandin Cooks 3-18; Clayton York 1-16; Connor Hamlett 1-14; Jordan Jenkins 2-12; Micah Hatfield 1-9; Storm Woods 1-5.