Oregon State – Football – Spring Practice Journal – Volume Three

25 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

imagesAs the final week of spring practice approaches in Corvalis, head coach Mike Riley’s offense is finding success against what currently looks like a very weak defensive secondary — especially with quarterback Sean Canfield  decimating the Beavers’ safeties and corners to the tune of up to 500 yards passing per scrimmage.  Darrell Catchings has proven a clear-cut go-to in a wide receiver corps expected to be hurt by the departure of both Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales, and tells reporters that while he’s under a lot of pressure to step up and establish himself as a pass catcher, he is more than ready to meet the challenge.  Meanwhile, Paul Buker of The Oregonian argues which OSU passer — Canfield or Lyle Moevao — might get the call to start against Portland State in the 2009 season opener, discussing as well the probability of Brennan Oleander earning a scholarship as a walk-on along OSU’s defensive line.  Of interest too, Shannon Owens of the Orlando Sentinel inquires whether or not Jeremy Francis could end up playing football for the Central Florida Knights as soon as this fall.

Shannon Owens of the Orlando Sentinel explains that it is looking more and more likely that former Oregon State running back Jeremy Francis could be transferring to the University of Central Florida as early as this fall in order to finish his collegiate football career.  Owens writes that Francis “will not seek a medical hardship” to play in the 2009 season and is currently awaiting official notice from the Beavers’ football program that he has been released.  The former star of last year’s 2008 Sun Bowl against the Pittsburgh Panthers, the young running back explains, “I don’t think I would be prepared to compete for a starting position . . . . [but] would like to redshirt, learn the system and then give my all for my last season and make something happen.”

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Oregon State – Football – Spring Practice Journal – Volume Two

16 04 2009

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A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

It’s halfway through spring camp, with the Beavers bolstered by the return to the practice field of brothers Jacquizz and James Rodgers, albeit  in a non-contact scenario.  Jovan Stevenson and Jordan Bishop, in the meanwhile, have established themselves as players to watch at both running back and wide receiver, while head coach Mike Riley continues to see progression from a very young — but talented — defensive secondary.  A long-standing tradition of drawing on former Oregon State players as assistant coaches finds Daniel Drayton, Ryan Gunderson, and Tim Euhus pitching in with this year’s squad, and Jeremy Francis attempts to adjust to non-football life in Orlando, Florida, far away from his former Beavers teammates.

Terry Horstman of The Daily Barometer writes that a couple of players who sat out away from the action on the field last season due to redshirting or grayshirting are at the start of this year’s spring camp ready to take up a much more prominent role on the Beavers 2009 unit:

  • Horstman encourages readers to first and foremost keep an eye on Jovan Stevenson, a youngster out of Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona who ran for 1470 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior; Stevenson, the article notes, elected to take last year as a grayshirt and joined the team in Corvalis for the first time this past January.  Says head coach Mike Riley of the Beavers’ newest tailback, “I like Jovan.  The other day when we got in pads for the first time, I was impressed.  He’s got some quick feet and has a good feel for running the ball, hitting the lanes, and making cuts.”
  • The other player of note?  Jordan Bishop, who the author writes will be faced “with the difficult task of replacing Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales,” two of Oregon State’s best pass catchers last season.  At 6’3″, Bishop makes a great target, and according to Riley, is a player that “has a lot of ability,” but needs to learn now “to use all the ability he’s got . . . and fit it in to what the Beavers do.”  “Jordan could be a natural,” Riley contines, commenting that Bishop “can make plays and [is] a great target.  So I think it’s just a matter of learning and getting comfortable running the pass routes against the coverages we’re going to see.”

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Oregon State – Football – Spring Practice Journal – Volume One

6 04 2009

imagesA PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

As the Oregon Ducks this week prepared for life under a new head coach in Chip Kelly, the boys from Corvallis opened up spring camp with major names absent from the playing field (Lyle Moevao and Jacquizz Rodgers), and plenty of questions surrounding who may or may not be around the program by the end of April.  While the Beavers’ top tailback from 2008 continued to mend an injured shoulder sustained last season, older brother James Rodgers made his way back into drills, albeit away from direct contact, much to the relief of OSU faithful. Yet, reports made their way to the public that both Jeremy Francis and Brennan Sim have elected to leave Oregon State for personal reasons, while rumors abound about Virginia transfer Peter Lalich not being too far behind.   Despite the negative twist to the first week of spring practice for the Beavers, there were still some notable positives which made themselves present, including news that perhaps one of this year’s best defensive players might turn out to be a switchover from the tight end position in 2008.

  • Ryan White of The Oregonian writes March 31st that things went about as well as could be expected out in Corvalis on the first day of spring camp for the Oregon State Beavers.  White describes the opening scrimmage as follows:  “A bunch of guys spent the afternoon regularly jumping offside and then Mike Riley came over and talked about it being a typical first day and about how spring is the time to ‘develop skills’ and ‘build the identity of the football team.'”