Oregon St. moved outdoors today to begin the second week of spring practice, with the focus on continuing to install the offense and defense.
It appears the best game plan for the Beavers is to get the ball to Brandin Cooks or Storm Woods and let them run away from everyone. Not that that is all that bad of a plan, and doubtless there is more to it than that, but at this point, that does seem to be what works.
Its still early, and could change, but while head coach Mike Riley continues to divide the reps between quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz about as evenly as possible, it appeared today that Mannion is taking more and more of his reps with the "1s", and against the defensive "1s", and Vaz with and against the "2s".
The other thing that I noted is the continued increased use of running backs on deep routes out of the backfield. Those plays take a while to develop, but with the speed Woods and Terron Ward possess, not as much time as one might expect. Its certainly a new wrinkle to the OSU offense.
The bumps and bruises are beginning to pile up, and Offensive tackle David Keller was in a walking boot, while starting center Isaac Seumalo, tight end/special teams player Hayden Craig, and reserve linebacker Zach Robinson were all held out of drills. Seumalo's elbow is hurting, and Robinson hurt a leg in Friday's practice.
However, cornerback Rashaad Reynolds' wrapped right knee appears to be better.
"Everybody is "OK", with nobody out long-term," head coach Mike Riley said. "It's a day-by-day deal for all of them."
Practice continues Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday this week, with a scrimmage as part of Friday's action.