Oregon St. got some good news on both sides of the line of scrimmage today, as players missing the last 2 weeks returned to practice sooner than expected.
DE Jaswha James, who has had knee and back problems, made his return, but worked mostly with the 2nd unit, as Oregon St. made some moves to counter the pass-heavy Washington St. "Air Raid" offense. The Beavers, who will be in nickel coverage almost all afternoon, moved Dylan Wynn back out to DE, his original spot, with Obum Gwacham, whose strength is in the pass rush, at the other DE, with Bud Delva and Siale Hautau the likely starters this week at DT.
Still, with the 60-70 pass per game Cougar offense on the horizon, and DE Lavonte Barnett still not ready to practice, James' return will be much appreciated to provide some backup.
On the offensive side, it was a bit of a surprise to see Gavin Andrews, who has been out since the Utah game, back at right guard with the 1s, and also doing some work with the 2s. Andrews did have to call it a day early though, and had his shoe off by the end of practice.
Roman Sapolu also returned to practice, after being out Monday, and took snaps at multiple positions.
Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh is seemingly trying almost any combination you can think of in search of something that works, though at some point, all the churn would seem to become counterproductive to consistency.
Safety Ryan Murphy, who missed Monday's practice and meetings attending to a personal matter, was back in action today as well.