Oregon St. is nearing the midway mark of spring football practice. Today was the 7th of 14 sessions that precede the spring game on Friday night April 29.
My immediate impressions were that MLB Joel Skotte continues to make noticeable progress on a day to day basis, and that there are still too many passes being dropped. So there is good and not so good news.
Another piece of unfortunate news is that JC transfer DT Siale Hautau will be watching the rest of spring drills, out with a broken hand. Its not expected to persist into fall camp, fortunately.
C Isaac Seumalo continues to watch and study the action as well.
Based on the quantity and variety of plays run to date, it looks like Oregon St. fans might see more passing to running backs Storm Woods and Terron Ward than we have seen before. Keep an eye on sophomore TE Caleb Smith as well (not that at 6'6" and 260 lbs. he is all that easy to miss); he appears to be getting a better handle on things each practice as well.
The offense is putting in some new wrinkles as well, including a direct snap to Woods in a standard passing formation, and (wait for it...) Sean Mannion on a keeper run off tackle, above. (Blew right by a surprised looking D.J. Alexander who seemed to be saying 'Sean running out here? I can't be seeing this right.')
Spring practice continues tomorrow, and will include the first "full" scrimmaging, as contrasted to sequences of plays and formations.
(Photos by Andy Wooldridge)