Today was a day many Oregon St. players, or at least their sore muscles, were looking forward to; the last doubles day of pre-season practices.
Even self-acknowledged practice-a-holic head Coach Mike Riley seems a bit happy they are over.
And no, Riley did not pick a starting quarterback. Expect both Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz to play against the Eagles in the opener, regardless of which one plays first.
He did see more of RBs Terron Ward and Chris Brown, as Storm Woods missed his first practice of the year, resting a hamstring that reportedly was a little tight.
Woods' status was a little up in the air, according to Riley.
"Hamstrings are funny," Riley said. "Your guess is as good as mine."
Ward also limped away from a play, but to everyone's relief, walked, then jogged it off, and returned to action.
D.J. Alexander's recovery continues on schedule, with a return against Utah still what everyone is pointing for. Jabral Johnson continues to look reasonably solid in place of Alexander, and the Beavers should be able to weather the loss without too much trouble if its limited to the Eastern Washington and Hawaii games.
Also returning to action after a number of missed practices was WR Micah Hatfield, who might be sensing the pressure from freshman Victor Bolden for playing time. Riley continues to not commit to whether Bolden will red-shirt or play, but acknowledges that Bolden is special.
"Victor has been so good," Riley said. "We can use him. I like our receiver group a lot, but he adds a lot of speed to that group."
Bolden has also been working as a punt returner, but that puts him behind Brandin Cooks at that spot as well. Kickoff returns could be a good use, but Riley needs to find a way to put all his best weapons on the field, and as often as possible. Bolden has easily been the most impressive member of the incoming class.
In addition to Hatfield returning to practice, Kevin Cummings is working at a variety of positions, as Riley and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and receivers coach Brent Brennan look to give opponents as many different possibilities as possible to prepare for.
C Isaac Seumalo again missed nearly all of practice, with his bruised left knee, but Riley said Seumalo should return "hopefully for sure by tomorrow."
Oregon St. continues to practice daily as they get ready for the season opener, now just 10 days out.