Notes on Players, Non-Players, and Recruits

The running back position at Oregon St. continues to be almost a soap opera. Malcolm Agnew appears to be up to speed again, based on practice performance, and coach Mike Riley said this week that the plan is definitely to try to get Agnew more than the 10 touches he had against BYU this week against Washington St.

But it looks like Terron Ward and Jordan Jenkins might get some additional touches as well, as Jovan Stevenson was hobbling around at practice, with a knee brace on.

It's open enrollment time for the state's insurance system, and those wondering why premiums are going up need only consider the impact on health care costs Riley's players have had.

The depth chart for this week is out, and Reuben Robinson shows up at all 3 linebacker positions. Feti Unga, who suffered a calf strain on the first series against BYU is listed as the starter at MLB, but whether he can go Saturday night, and how long he might last, remains to be seen.

Cornerback Sean Martin and safety Ryan Murphy both disappeared from the depth chart after getting banged up as well. The constant churn even in the second string has to be making practice a nightmare.

Josh Andrews is listed as an "or" with Grant Enger at left guard, and its good that Andrews' progress is on track for him to at least play, and possibly start, Saturday, since Enger is also listed as the backup at left tackle.

There's no such uncertainty about DT Castro Masaniai has been reconfirmed to be lost for the season as a result of the broken fibula in his leg he suffered Saturday.

Not all of the missing bodies on defense are due to injuries, though, as it was also reconfirmed this week as the first of midterms were taken that Dominic Glover is gone for the season due to grades.

 

Someday, there could be some additional bodies on hand, though, especially on the offensive line. Oregon St. received a verbal commitment today for the 2012 season from Grant Bays, a 6'3", 290 lb. center from Oceanside, CA.

Bays is a 3 star prospect according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com, and is rated the #8 prospect at center nationally.

Bays choose the Beavers over Boise St., Washington, Washington St., Arizona, Arizona St., Utah, and Nevada.

 

 

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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