DAY 17 - Latu Moala to the O-Line? Not likely.
Aug. 26, 2009
CORVALLIS - FAN ALERT: Saturday's practice has been moved to 10:45 a.m. and will not be a scrimmage.
It shouldn't be construed as taking it easy, but the offensive and defensive lines reversed roles briefly midway through practice this morning.
From a layman's point of view, it appears that it is easier for a defensive lineman to revert to blocking than it is for an offensive lineman to suddenly attack the pocket. Then again, maybe that's because a lot of those defensive guys get experience blocking on special teams. Either way the players involved appeared to be having quite a time as they could be heard whooping and hollering from the other side of Gill Coliseum. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh admitted that he'd like to try Latu Moala in a white jersey, but didn't seem to hold out much hope for convincing Coach Joe (Seumalo) to give up one of his guys.
"There is a lot of detail working with the offensive and defensive line," head coach Mike Riley said. "So having something that they can do to break things up is great."
After practice Riley was asked about his thoughts on whether he's happy with the answers to the biggest question marks.
"I feel that the defensive secondary has grown almost daily. I've been impressed with that. Their growth is obvious to me. Offensively, we've settled into a group and they will grow as the year goes on."
The coaching staff continues to await rulings from the NCAA regarding Markus Wheaton, who needs a transcript approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse in order to return to practice, and Peter Lalich, who has petitioned to have a season of eligibility re-instated. Both rulings are expected soon.
"We've got to hear something about Wheaton and Lalich soon. These are really important questions on our depth chart going into our season."
Dorian Smith was on campus today checking out practice. Smith is the third former Beaver who currently plays for the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers to make an appearance this week. Yvenson Bernard and Alexis Serna were on hold on Monday. The Blue Bombers have a bye week
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The media horde was lacking today with just Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette-Times and Paul Buker from The Oregonian in attendance ... In addition, Joe Camarlinghi from KOBI-TV made the trek from Medford to work on a feature with Mitch Singler ... Kirkpatrick has a story in the GT today about this year's tight ends ... Buker has a story about Michael Philipp.
Damola Adeniji had the Catch of the Day in Wednesday morning's practice. Adeniji stretched high to grab pass while dragging his toes along the sideline. Great grab! Honorable mention goes to Colby Prince. Prince bobbled and juggled a pass half across the field showing impressive concentration to haul in the pass just as he was tackled at the sideline ... Injury updates: Howard Croom (dinged) and Brandon Hardin (lower leg) remained out. Lance Mitchell (hamstring) was dressed but was limited. On the plus side, Kameron Krebs and Damola Adeniji were back in action ... Markus Wheaton (NCAA Clearinghouse) remained out of practice.
Today is the Beavers' final double day. The team is set to practice tonight at 6:30 and will return to the field Thursday at 2 p.m.
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