Woods, Gilmore Provide Highlights in Beavs' Second Scrimmage
Aug. 21, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State football team ran its second - and final – “scrum” with officials of the fall Tuesday with mixed results. The defense registered four quarterback sacks but the offense scored points as well leaving the impression that both units will soon be ready for a real opponent.
“That was good. We got a lot more plays in than I expected so that was a good thing,” head coach Mike Riley said following Tuesday’s scrum. “We’re really close to making decisions (about who will redshirt), we’re looking at a handful or less playing so the rest will redshirt.”
Five out of eight possessions resulted in touchdowns – two led by Sean Mannion and three by Cody Vaz – and no turnovers, but there was more than one generous spot provided by the officials that certainly didn’t help the defense.
On the scrimmage’s opening possession, Mannion (15-20 for 160 yards) directed the offense on a 12-play drive culminating in Storm Woods’ first score of the day, a 13-yard rush in which he broke through several tackles before reaching pay dirt. Mannion connected with redshirt freshman Richard Mullaney twice for 41 yards on the drive including a 22-yarder on 3rd and long to keep the march alive. Mannion led another 12-play clock-eater midway through the scrimmage the resulted in a 4-yard TD plunge by Woods, who finished with 52 yards on nine carries. Mannion’s second scoring drive was largely a result of the work of sophomore tight end Tyler Perry as he worked the middle of the field for three receptions for 40 yards.
Junior back-up Cody Vaz also enjoyed a good day throwing the ball completing 12 of his 16 passes for 190 yards in directing three touchdown drives. After missing on his first two passes of the day, Vaz found a rhythm and went 4-for-4 for 58 yards on his second possession connecting with true freshman tight end Caleb Smith who rumbled for a 27-yard touchdown. Smith appeared to step out near the 1-yardline but after a small gathering of the officials it was called a touchdown. Vaz’s crew sustained a nine-play drive during his third time on the field that Terron Ward finished off with a 1-yard dive into the end zone. Vaz led the final six-play drive finding freshman Malik Gilmore three times covering 57 yards including a beautiful 35-yard jump ball and finished it with a 15-yard juggling catch in the back of the end zone.
In roster news, senior linebacker Feti ‘Unga will honor his mother by wearing her maiden name on his jersey this season. He’ll now be known as Feti Taumoepeau (pronounced TAU-moy-peh-OW) … Head coach Mike Riley also announced today that senior cornerback Brian Watkins and junior defensive end Devon Kell have been awarded scholarships.
The Beavers return to the practice field Wednesday for the final double day of fall camp. Drills for the first practice session are slated to begin at 11 a.m. with the second practice scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Storm Woods 13-yard rush
Trevor Romaine 40-yard field goal
Storm Woods 4-yard rush
Terron Ward 1-yard rush
Malik Gilmore 3-57-1; Richard Mullaney 2-41; Tyler Perry 3-40; Caleb Smith 1-27-1; Mitch Singler 3-26; Kellen Clute 1-21; Kevin Cummings 3-20; Terron Ward 1-20; Malcolm Agnew 1-17; Connor Hamlett 2-16; Clayton York 1-15; Colby Prince 2-14; Jordan Jenkins 1-11; Blair Cavanaugh 1-10; Tyler Anderson 1-9; Brandin Cooks 1-6.
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