Oregon St. football coach Mike Riley has announced the schedule for spring practices, all of which will again be open to the public. Action again starts as soon as everyone returns from spring break, with an April 1 first session (and its not an April Fools joke).
The Beavers are coming off a 9-4 season, an Alamo Bowl appearance, and a final top 20 ranking, and with most of the squad returning, prospects are for a potentially even better year to come, so there is unprecedented interest in the spring game, and this year, it will be televised on the Pac-12 channel. The game, which will again be free for fans to attend, will also move from its usual Saturday time slot, and will be played on Friday night, April 26, at 7 PM under the lights in Reser Stadium.
Continuing a successful scheduling model that seemed to work well with class schedules, Riley switched to for the 2012 season, all practices will begin at 11 AM, and run until 2 PM, as was the normal time spot last fall.
The Beavers will practice 4 days a week the first 3 weeks of April, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and then switch to Monday and Wednesday the week of the spring game.
The dates are April 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, and 24.
Starters DE Scott Crichton and CB Rashaad Reynolds will not participate in drills, after having minor cleanup procedures on knees since the season ended that they are still rehabbing, and freshman OL Garrett Weinreich, who suffered a knee injury in fall camp that he's still rehabbing, isn't expected to participate either.
However, incoming freshman offensive lineman Sean Harlow and quarterback Kyle Kempt are expected to join the Beavers for spring term, and will participate.
One key offensive lineman may not be around, as walk-on Derek Nielsen, who backed up multiple positions and made 2 starts, is exploring transferring to Sacramento St., where he would be on scholarship.