11.Aug.2012 Day 6 Practice Report

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From SilverStream:

I attended most of the Beavers' midday practice today/Saturday at Prothro Field (11 am to 1:15 pm).  I spent most of my time focusing on the O-line.

Freshman o-lineman Gavin Andrews participated in the first part of practice, until his head started hurting.  He sat down on a half wall near the sidelines, looking dazed and sick, leaning forward and holding his head in his hands.  Head Trainer Arika Iso came over and talked with him for about five minutes.  From the parts of the conversation I could overhear, it seems that Gavin banged his head hard in practice yesterday/Friday, but didn't tell the trainers.  He is now suffering from what may be a concussion, and was taken to the training room for further tests and observation (after a lecture from Arika Iso about the need to tell the trainers immediately about this sort of problem in the future).

A kinder, gentler Coach Cav was on display for at least the first half of practice today.  He was doing a lot of teaching during O-line drills, in a relatively calm voice.  Towards the end of practice, during 11-on-11 drills, the old Cav emerged and did some yelling.  But overall Cav seems to be trying to do less screaming and cursing, and trying to be more constructive with his criticisms.

I spent a lot of time watching Isaac Seumalo today.  Isaac is playing center with the first unit, and looks surprisingly comfortable in that position.   QBs were taking most or all snaps with their hands under center, and Isaac appeared to be doing a reliable job with the snaps.  After snapping the ball, Isaac was getting off the line quickly, and up into the pads of the d-line.  During 11-on-11 drills, Isaac held his own against Castro Masaniai, and the other interior d-linemen.  In fact, I only saw Isaac get beaten a few times all day (and it was a long practice).   Isaac also did a nice job in 11-on-11 drills releasing from his initial block and picking off linebackers on draw and screen plays.  If there was anything negative to say about Isaac, perhaps it was that, during blocking drills early in practice, Isaac did not look so sharp on shotgun snaps (but, in fairness, the shotgun snaps were being snapped back to an OSU assistant, and were not at all the point of the drill).  From what I saw today, I expect that Isaac will be OSU's starting center on September 1, and will do a good job.

The O-line first unit today included Mike Philipp at LT, Josh Andrews at LG, Isaac at center, Grant Enger at RG, and Colin Kelly at RT.  When I wasn't watching Isaac, I was watching Mike Philipp. I thought MP looked good — certainly better and healthier than last year.  Again, just from what I saw today, I expect MP to bounce back and have a good season at LT for the Beavs.  At the very least, MP will represent a major upgrade from last year's LT, Mike Remmers (although that's not saying much, of course….)

Garrett Weinrich played LT with the second unit during today's practice.  GW doesn't seem to get off the ball quite as fast as Isaac Seumalo, and got beaten a bit more often as a result, but still held his own most of the time against various D-linemen (including Dylan Wynn).  GW appears to have good size and strength already (and will presumably improve in these areas).  He also seemed already to know his assignments — I don't recall GW getting yelled at much today by Cav, or by other coaches.

Nolan Hansen is a freshman offensive lineman from Corvallis HS.   NH is listed at 6-6 and 250, but looked lighter than that.  If NH is going to play o-line for OSU, he will need to add 50 pounds and a lot of strength.  His main role today was as a blocking dummy.  At best, he'll be given a chance to redshirt this season and to hit the weights (and the training table) hard.  No help coming from NH in the near future.

Apart from the O-line, I only have a few other observations from today's practice:

Rashaad Reynolds looked good at CB all day.  I think his one-on-one pass coverage — and especially his press coverage — will be significantly better this season than last season.  Today he showed an ability to come up close to the line, then backpedal quickly, and  stay with Wheaton and Cooks on most pass routes, keeping tight coverage all the way down the field.  This was true even though RR had his right knee wrapped in an athletic bandage (suggesting that he wasn't 100%).   Perhaps I'm imagining this, but RR seems — at least to me — to be more confident, and mentally tougher, than he was a year ago.  If RR and Poyer stay healthy, OSU should be in good shape this season at CB.

Mannion seems to be throwing his short passes (10-15 yards) with slightly more velocity, and also more accuracy, than last year.   He seems to be making an effort to keep the ball down — letting fewer balls sail on him (which was sometimes a problem last year).   In the short passing game, Mannion also seems to be making decisions and getting rid of the ball a bit more quickly.  So far, so good.

Oh, and Richard Mullaney participated fully in practice today and looked good (so the hand injury he sustained yesterday probably was not too serious).

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    Go Beafers!

  • bone says:
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    Also looks like we signed a tight end.

    • bone says:
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      David Ajamu.

    • angry angry says:
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      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld3vcOiuK9g

      That’s a stiff looking receiver.
      What does Riley see in this guy? Looks to me like a warm body to fill a roster spot and nothing more.

      • bone says:
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        Yeah that was not impressive. Sloppy routes slow, didn’t see any blocking. He has good size and room to bulk up. Maybe a defensive end?

        • bone says:
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          Definitely a down grade from our tight end signees from last year. I even like our walkon better from this season.

          • angry angry says:
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            Yes, big downgrade. Staton and Smith look great.
            This guy was recruited to play TE. Maybe he switches to DE at some point, but he’s a TE as of today. Ugh.

          • bone says:
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            Got to hope it isn’t the plan to play tight end. And there doesn’t seem to be much playing time for him in the near future if he stays at tight end.

          • Smizni says:
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            It is a video from 2 years ago, his sophomore year. So it is likely he is a much better player now.

          • bone says:
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            Thank goodness.

          • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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            @beaverkman RT:?@BrandonHuffman Shelton (Wash.) three-star tight end David Ajamu has committed to Oregon State. Looked great earlier this spring and summer at camps…

            ?@JHuntweet Big, athletic-looking guy at practice today: RT @BrandonHuffman: Shelton (Wash.) 3-star tight end David Ajamu has committed to Oregon State.

            Maybe he’s improved alot sense that tape, sounds like he’s better than what your giving him credit for?

          • bone says:
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            Can’t really get a good look from a 4 minute clip. But that 4 minute clip gave nothing to he exciting about.

          • WFO WFO says:
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            Yeah,sounds like 2 years has made a difference. 3 star tight end,sounds good to me.

          • wannabeav says:
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            Ajamu got good marks at this year’s summer camps, including, according to one press report, “team MVP honors” (whatever that means). First offer was Wyoming, followed by Portland State and Nevada. All conference in a 4A league, which is the highest classification in Washington. This, on a team that went 2-8. First BCS recruit from Shelton sicne Caleb Schaluderaff who went to Utah (and is now with the Jets).

  • OStateBro says:
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    Did you watch Coach Bray much? a lot is being made of his impact on the backers…an area we all know has to improve. Also Hunt and Cliff are saying that Bray likes Skotte and Saulo as freshman to play. Thoughts? I remember not liking Skotte’s film to much…

    • silverstream055 silverstream055 says:
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      I didn’t watch the linebackers at all during today’s/Saturday’s practice — tried to focus almost completely on the o-line.

      The good news is that OSU has definitely upgraded the o-line talent with freshmen Isaac Seumalo, Gavin Andrews, Garrett Weinrich, and Grant Bays, among others. OSU also has RS Freshman Jake Welch and Justin Addie. All of these guys are impressively big, strong, and athletic. Add in some decent sophomores (Roman Sapolu, Michael Beaton, Derek Nielsen) and OSU should be in good shape on the o-line for years to come. Watching all these guys today felt qualitatively different from watching last year’s o-line during practices — just a lot more talent for Cav to work with (which is perhaps why Cav seemed less grouchy and cantankerous today than he was during most practices last season).

      Next practice I’ll focus on another area (perhaps the linebackers and secondary).

      • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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        Thanks SS!

      • ObjCritic says:
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        Yes, thanks for the reports.

      • WFO WFO says:
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        Maybe Cav is being nice cuz he’s afraid Joe will beat him up if he yells at his boy? 😀

        But seriously,it has to be such a relief to have all that talent after the walk-on disaster he’s had recently.

      • WFO WFO says:
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        Hey SS- while you were watching the Oline,how were the DTs looking over all? Especially Castro?

        • silverstream055 silverstream055 says:
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          Castro looked winded towards the end of practice, but didn’t seem to be limping or favoring his left leg from last year’s broken fibula. For his size and weight, Castro looked reasonably agile in rushing the passer and chasing runners downfield during practice today in 11-on-11 drills. However, I’d say that Isaac Seumalo won most of his battles against Castro at the line of scrimmage today. Is Isaac that good already? Or is Castro not as effective in the middle of the defensive line as his size and weight would suggest? Don’t know, but I suspect the answer is some of both….

      • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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        Thanks, man! Good stuff!

  • slamadam says:
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    great stuff. nice to hear reynolds looking better. if he can be serviceable the beavers will have a great situation at cornerback. interesting to hear coach cav calming the act down, i’m sure it’s because of all the young guys who’ll have to play right away. if andrews has a concussion and has to miss more than a day or two i say just redshirt him, espescially if he won’t start right away anyways.

    • alex says:
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      Honestly, by mid-late season of last year, RR was pretty good. Toss in a solid offseason, and I think he could be very good this year.

      We just need someone behind our starters…

      • bone says:
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        If poyer has improved and Reynolds has improved we might be able to get off the field on third down.

        • OStateBro says:
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          Let’s not get to optimistic!

          • WFO WFO says:
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            I’m starting to think maybe they have a good coach?

          • bone says:
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            He was coaching in the league for a long time for a reason. Just need to see if he can bring in recruits.

        • oneoldbeav says:
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          Yeah, DB situation sounds good, bone, but still gotta stop the run to even force pass plays on third down. DT’s still the key on D.

          • bone says:
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            Exactly. Why pass if you can get 5 yards a carry. It can’t get much worse than last year can it?

          • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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            I get your point, but I think the LB’s will be more important than the DT’s to stopping the run, at least the first stringers.

            Here’s some good news, let’s hope we seal the deal:

            ?@BrandonHuffman Wilsonville (Ore.) outside linebacker Johnny Ragin got his first Pac-12 offer today, from Oregon State…
            ?@BrandonHuffman About dang time Ragin, the linebacker MVP at the Oregon NFTC and a standout at The Opening, got a BCS offer…

          • oneoldbeav says:
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            Well yes, the LB’s will make the headlines but not w/o DT support.

            Liberate the LB’s, take a DT to lunch!

          • bone says:
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            This is why football is the ultimate team sport. Each position is vital to the success of the other positions. You can have a studs for dbs but without a pass rush corners can’t guard forever. You can have great linebackers but with out d linemen keeping o linemen from getting to th next level ou aren’t going to stop a run. And with a great pass rush if you cant defend the pass ou are screwed also.

          • Jack says:
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            Ultimate? Smoking on a Saturday?

            I think you meant to say it’s the ultimate team sport on the list you created of one team sport you care about.

            Come on!

          • bone says:
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            Yeah there may be some truth to that. I do care a great deal about football and it was and still is a big part of my life. A better start to my last post would have been. “that is why football is THR ultimate team sport to me”.

          • Jack says:
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            I think that’s true of all team sports. That’s why they call them team sports. Integral pieces are placed and need to perform well in order for the nest piece to do well. A team loaded with talent who doesn’t play like a team can easily lose to a team who is just dead on that day. And that’s not regardless of talent. That’s just second/third tier talent versus top tier on whatever level they’re all playing.

            So when teams are playing poorly in any sport, it can be the worst sport in the world on that day. But when both are playing well and slugging it out, it can be the best.

          • bone says:
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            Completely agree, thats why Dallas beat Miami in the finals a couple years ago and the spurs continue to be a great team. But I would make an argument for football being the ultimate team sport is that you have 60+ players on a team and within the team there are three teams. Just some thoughts.

  • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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    This pollyanna thread saddens me.

    • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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      ^^^This is a joke^^^

    • Grape says:
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      This is the most optimism I have seen on this site.

    • WFO WFO says:
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      Still not seeing all those 4 stars there slick 😉

      • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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        They’re waiting so you can save up some of your allowance for the beer payout.

    • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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      Pollyanna?!?! Its a thread that starts with observaions on the Sat practice. There are positive signs of improvement seen, and a comparison with last year also comes out positive.

      That aint POLYANNA shit…. But you are kind a a sad dude. Probably the thinnner air in Bend.

      • bone says:
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        Say something overly positive and well you can get that label.

      • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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        Dear Steve, do you know what a joke is?

        • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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          Yeah, I do.

          If that was a joke, you need to punt

          • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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            It was a joke, that’s why I wrote “This is a joke” underneath it, just in case my sarcasm didn’t come across.

          • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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            Well, the “this is a joke” is a separate post, I glossed over and just thought was a comment by A different poster. If you want to label something as a joke, do it in the post itself.

          • locusimperium says:
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            booo

      • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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        On another thread he (bendbeaver) admitted he’s a fan of another team which is holding closed practices.

        A ‘uck perhaps?

  • ObjCritic says:
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    I understand your focusing on the O-Line SS, as that was an obvious weakness last season. And also understand your next focus on Lbs and DL. But I am looking forward to your observations on the receivers and TE, which should be a strength this year.

    I have read more than one report where Riley is saying Gilmore is more prepared than almost any true freshman he’s seen. I also appreciate Brennan’s remarks about Gilmore standing behind huddles to learn the huddle calls, I’m encouraged by this kid even if this isn’t the most obvious need at OSU.

    If the staff gets creative, OSU’s red zone offense could be quite effective; Hamlett, Smith in double TE sets. Brown up the middle, fades to ‘Boom (really? take advantage of an advantage?!?), Cooks and Wheaton….

    http://oregonstate.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1395249

    • Numbers says:
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      Dear Lordy, could we please get that figured out on offense. The mentioned set is guaranteed redzone effiency. Make sure to get Oboom evolved as a TE.

      • bone says:
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        Last year we were terrible in the red zone. We were pretty good between the 20’s. But shut down inside the 20. Could barely make field goals.

        • Numbers says:
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          Last year was disgusting. We knew the failed redzone plays about to be attempted before they even broke the huddle. The staff refused refused to adjust to accommodate talent strengths and defiency. We better see improvement. I don’t know how much more brain-dead football I can take. And I’m a 4th generation Beaver…

      • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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        The Lord — “Dear Numbers, and other angrybeavers…..

        Sorry dude, it aint that simple. The old straight, no frills prayer went out the window during the OJ Simpson trial. You gotta offer up more than platitudes. For what I did for the Ducks (that Lyles was a god-send…..oops, thats right I did send him) there was a huge kick back of moola from Unca Phil, and some real virgin cheerleaders (well, virgin to a godlike cock like mine, anyway). ”

        So get creative, Beavers, and christmas can come early…..real early…..

  • Numbers says:
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    The neat thing about Isaac vs Castro, is that Isaac probably won’t see a bigger DT coming at him all season. Good for training.

  • beavers4life says:
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    I am optimistic this season. The one thing MR has to do is put the throttle full bore on Nicholl’s St. Meaning, he better score 50+ against them if he wants to get Beaver Nation behind him. Also, I bought a new Beavers shirt today at the made in Oregon store. It reads,

    Oregon State
    “Stay ‘Til the very last play!”
    |00:00|

    I thought it was clever and perfect for OSU fans who file out of the stadium. I’ll be wearing it to and from the stadium, but only during the UTAH and CAL game because the marketing people did an awesome thing with putting a flier in the season tickets and on the tickets themselves that state whether it’s an orange our or a black out!!! It’s Brilliant!! I don’t know why it took them this long to figure something out like this!!!

    Now back to our regularly scheduled optimist club meeting:

    I’m hearing a lot of positive news about the team as a whole and how everyone is improving. In my personal opinion, I think Isaac is just that good for 5 reasons: 1) his brother is a starting DL 2) He’s been raised around football by his dad 3) A good player will get beat 50% of the time by a good defensive player 4) Castro hasn’t lost a lot of “weight” but muscle outweighs fat; which tells me Castro has gained muscle and agility speed. 5) Which player was a top ESPN 150 player for his position? Castro….or Isaac? Oh ya, Isaac. 😛 There’s a reason we have Isaac at center you know, in Riley’s system, the center calls out the OL calls and the run game is a zone read by the OL. So it’s only natural to have a quick, strong, and knowledgeable guy at the center position.

    I’m also glad to hear that MP is in better shape this season and SS, does it seem that the overall attitude of the lineman is different this season than last season in the tenacity/aggression department that O-lineman need to have?

    • Jack says:
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      Where was your shirt made?

      • bone says:
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        It is unfortunate that we need t-shirts to remind us to stay till the clock reaches 0:00

      • Jack says:
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        I’m just interested in where the shirt was made. I’ve been in one of the Made in Oregon stores and started looking for tags of origin for some of the questionable stuff on their shelves. Nothing beats turning over something in a Made in Oregon store and reading “Made in China, Hecho en Chine”

      • beavers4life says:
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        The shirts were made in Haiti.

      • beavers4life says:
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        The shirts were made in Haiti, but they appear to have been the press on type print that you can get at a sporting goods store. So who knows where the print was printed on.

        • oneoldbeav says:
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          Keep uppin’ the taxes and regs on small business and even the printing will be done offshore.

    • silverstream055 silverstream055 says:
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      “…does it seem that the overall attitude of the lineman is different this season than last season in the tenacity/aggression department that O-lineman need to have?”

      Can’t really say yet. Watching the o-line yesterday at practice, the vibe was relatively serious and businesslike, with Cav doing a lot of teaching, while preaching attention to detail (“no, start with your right foot”, “no, let’s try it again”, etc.) The players seemed to be listening attentively, and trying their best to do things the right way. During the 11-on-11 drills, the o-line played hard, and performed well, for the most part, against the defense. But it would be going too far to say that the o-line yesterday, as a group, demonstrated extreme tenacity, aggressiveness, dominance, or swagger. Fingers crossed that some of this develops over the next few weeks, as camp progresses, and as the o-line (individually and as a group) improves.

  • beavers4life says:
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    Who fed this gal the Orange and black kool-aid?! read the comment section for a laugh. lol

    http://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/index.ssf/2012/08/oregon_state_beavers_football_94.html

  • Beaver Byte says:
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    The Gameday Additions announced as part of the latest Orange Perspective had a couple more hits then misses perhaps and especially regarding the Truax Pregame Festivities. Not so much whatever names they gave them. I expect fans will enjoy the Truax experience and that pregame just got an appealing event that can help build the fanbase and support.

    Time will tell how much the improvements will make a difference as it will if Riley is truly ‘different’ this year compared to others. I think he changes pretty slowly. Wins early this year are crucial as the back half of the schedule is stiff and won’t provide much for easy wins to count on. If Riley is quoting Alexander than he better get off to a hot start on the 2012 campaign.

    OSU Gameday Additions Aftermath:
    http://beaverbyte.com

  • Grape says:
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    Johnny Hekker nailed a 67 yard punt that went out of bounds against the Colts today.

    • ncaa_viOlation ncaa_viOlation says:
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      Saw that on sports center today too. This must mean he’s really due for a doozy of a backwards punt next week. Stay tuned…

      • bone says:
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        For every great punt he had in his career he shanked one.

      • helmsley says:
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        On a previous post here, the Rams coach (I don’t recall if it was the special teams coach) sounded as though they were working with him to iron out the mistakes and I guess you could say, his punts. Perhaps professional coaching has made a difference.We’ll see.

  • BeaverBill BeaverBill says:
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    I do not like Riley’s recruiting, or lack there of, and he is a little to layed-back for my taste when it comes to coaching. Plus he really seems slow to act and has the buddy system in his camp. But with that said, there does seem to be more of a fire under him this year. I don’t know if it is being on the hot seat lists out there or what it is, but he is definitely more plugged in this year.

    I like Riley as a person and for this purpose I really do hope he can pull a real team of players together and take us to the Rose Bowl soon (it won’t be this year). Hot seat list, closure on his dad, and wanting to go out a winner hopefully will equal a winning team in a year or so.

    But I’ve done a lot of thinking since last season when my beaver feaver heart was broken. We were that close to a Rose Bowl and breaking our loser tradition. Last season made me realize that for a school like OSU to turn itself around to be like an OU or USC, it is going to take lots of money to equate or buy wins…. just like it does for OU and USC. USC has the double advantage, money (always has) and now an undeniable tradition (which includes winning often).

    We may sometimes be a giant killer but we are not a giant. We can be but it will take money and a change of mindset. OU and USC will be champions at all costs and they have the money to make it happen, they are even willing to cheat to make it happen. We are not cheats, not rich, and not willing to win at all costs.

    So what do I as a lifetime fan to keep my sanity in the whole thing? I don’t know, except to just root for the Beavs, hope they win and keep in mind that it is just a game. Sorry for the rant.

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      OU? Do you mean the one and only OU, as in Oklahoma?

  • BeaverBill BeaverBill says:
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    Both supported by sugar daddies. WE NEED A SUGAR DADDY!

  • Fightingbeaver says:
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    How many hours is the Moshofsky Center open to uck fans? Gee, isn’t it the whole game! Seems like BDC as always is behind the times and settles for less than the best. BDC was pressured into the mediocre opening of Trux by sites like this and beaverbyte. I’ll stick with the Alumni facility.

    If you want to see what real practice is like, visit the ucks practices. They are going for the Pac12 championship, not a toilet bowl…….kind of like how Dennis Erickson ran his practices…….serious business. Mike Riley is a “has been”.

    • bone says:
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      Have you been watching the ducks practice?

      • oneoldbeav says:
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        Fightingbeaver must = Uncle Phil; attends CLOSED duck practices!

    • hellobeavers says:
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      I missed where it said what the hours of operation would be.

    • matt b says:
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      Dennis Erickson had good talent at ASU in the last few years and screwed it up. He had lousy talent with the 49ers and made it worse. He was a liar and a cheater at Miami , when he slipped out of Corvallis and denied he was interviewing for the NFL and when he dumped Idaho. What is the price for viictory?

      • bone says:
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        Erickson did some really great things for the program, would he have continued to keep Oregon state at the top of the PAC if he had continued? Who knows. To me Erickson is a great quick fix for a team, but isn’t a long term solution. One shouldn’t question the impact he had at Oregon state.

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          I agree, its not what he does elsewhere its what he did for the team at that time… He was a great coach for Oregon State no getting around it.

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            One building year, one great year. Erickson also had the most disappointing year in Beaver history, yes more than last year. Smith and Simonton’s senoir year was pathetic.

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            I’m still upset that Erickson didn’t run Simonton more that year. So close to be the first player to rush for 1,000 yards in 4 years. That would have been something special.

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            Spot on. That 2001 team was the biggest under-performer for OSU in modern history (which I count as the start of Riley v 1.0). Simonton was on the college pre-season issue of SI with “Joey.” The talent on that team was “ridiculous” compared to versions of the squad of late. Erickson was on Seattle sports radio last week and re-iterated the oft-reported observation that the one move he regretted was leaving Oregon State. He also said he thought his best coaching job and fun season was 2000 with the Beavs. When Mitch asked to confirm that choice over two championship seasons at Miami Erickson did not back away from the comment. What might have been. Still, the experience at ASU is instructive; no seasons like 2000 there either.

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            I have a copy of that SI issue. I get a chuckle out of it now.

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    No doubt Erickson did good things at OS and should be remembered for that. But it is not in his DNA to stay very long in one place. Respect him for what he did at OS. But to think that if he were at OS today they would do yaddah yaddah yeaddah is simply a pipe dream. He is gone. Riley should be compared with his current peers not with a guy who is not coming back any time soon.

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    Coach Meeuwsen Mic’d Up

    Zimmerman looks big and quick.

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    Looks like Ryan Katz won the starting job at sdsu.

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      Good for him. He handled a bad situation with class.

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        Hopefully one of their receivers has a number 8 on his jersey.

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    Imo the best thing Erickson did for OSU was he got the boosters (and all fans) psyched up.

    Money was raised and things started to happen.

    Currently I don’t see that kind of excitement in the fan base and I don’t think Riley is the guy to make that happen. In fact it’s not a stretch to say that the lack of fan excitement is on Riley’s shoulders.

    • bone says:
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      Very true, also look at the timing when Erickson took over, we hadn’t had a winning season in 28 years. People were pretty jazzed when we got to 5 wins in a season in 98.

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      Amen to that. Despite the underachieving the year after that Fiesta Bowl, Erickson was a coach who clearly could get a team revved up to do great things, and get the fan-base and boosters excited.

      Riley had a tradition of getting teams to shine late in the season, but that doesnt generate hype very well. In the end I tended to feel like they were lucky to have got to whatever lesser bowl they got into.

      And now we are hoping he can just get back to that. ….that Riley will max out and get us a winning record again. Mr excitement……lol.

      • bone says:
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        For me I would rather have a team pick up momentum as the season goes on ( in a perfect world start fast, finish faster). Teams like Norte dame and Florida state who constantly get a lot of preseason hype and fall on their faces during the season, I wonder how their fans feel? I am someone who is always excited for seasons to start, so I need preseason hype or coaches saying this or that, I just want to watch good football.

  • matt b says:
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    Maggard was a heavyweight AD and a very bright guy. He was a great track man and track coach before becoming AD. When he left Cal, the trrack program devolved. He was pretty good at Houston (Miami?)and was usually ahead of the pack with his ideas compared to other ADs.. If he has anything left in the tank, he could be very useful to Beaver Nation.

    • WFO WFO says:
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      Yeah looking at his resume, it can only be a good thing having him involved.

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    Hopefully Maggard has some talent in the PR area. OSU could really use some help there.

    Get rid of Bobby D!

    Maybe he could help in the search for a new AD.

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