April 21, 2010

Beavs march forward on day 11

It probably seemed like business as usual as the Oregon State Beavers took to Reser Stadium for day 11 of spring camp. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh could be heard from the other side of campus. Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf was running his quarterbacks through their route trees with each receiving group, starting the backs, then moving to the tight ends and finally the wide outs. Defensive coordinatorMark Banker was working with his safeties group. There was just one thing missing, Head Coach Mike Riley.

Coach Riley, accompanied by Athletic Director Bob DeCarolis, attended the private memorial service of Beaver Nation's favorite supporter, Al Reser. As I was informed, this is just the second practice that Riley has ever missed in his almost decade at the helm with the Beavers.

Without Coach Riley present, Coach Banker, Coach Langsdorf and Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers Coach Jay Locey made a three-headed monster running the show. Even without Coach Riley around, practice ran rather smoothly.

Ryan Katz continues to look like the heir apparent to Sean Canfield at the quarterback position. He was tossing the ball all over the yard as he continues to establish quite the rapport with sophomore wide out Markus Wheaton.

Katz hooked up with Wheaton on at least a baker's dozen plays today with several being the over the top variety. But perhaps the most impressive was on a rollout to Katz's right where he put the ball into the smallest of windows and Wheaton making the catch on the run and just barely getting the toe tap down for the catch.

I think it is safe to say that the long ball will play a much larger role in this year's playbook as there are some big arms tossing the pigskin. Katz on back to back plays went for the home run ball to Wheaton and then to Geno Munoz, more about the Katz to Munoz play later.

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