April 16, 2010

Friday scrimmage/linebacker report

Now this is the kind of weather one would expect come spring time. With the warm sun beating down onto the turf of Reser Stadium, Coach Mike Riley led his Beavers out for the 9th practice of Spring Camp. Today's weather is a far cry from the downpours of hail and sleet that Corvallis experienced just 2 short weeks ago when camp opened.

As the temperature got up into the 70's today, Ryan Katz carried a hot hand throughout the intra-squad scrimmage that took place during practice today. Katz his "A game" to practice today and showed everyone that he has more than just a strong arm as he made plays all over the field.

With the scrimmage focusing on redzone play, the offense started with the ball on the 25 yard line going into the Valley Center endzone. On consecutive drives, Katz should good mobility as he tucked the ball away and picked up 10+ yards on a scramble.

He showed off his cannon arm as he threaded the needle on a touchdown pass to TE John Reese, and finally touch as he tossed a ball from the opposite hash at the 30 yard line to the far corner of the end zone, hitting WR Markus Wheaton in stride for 6 points.

On a later drive, Katz bootlegged out to the right and fired a bullet to WR James Rodgers which he caught going towards the sideline, stopped on a dime and let one defender fly by, before turning on the jets and beating S Suasei Tuimaunei to the pylon for another touchdown.

As others have pointed out already, if it is possible to conceive, James looks faster than last fall. Maybe some of those nagging injuries are gone, but I think the added work he did with track coach, Kelly Sullivan, has definitely paid off.

Not to be outdone, Peter Lalich took his reps under center and looked sharp in doing so. On Lalich's first drive, he threaded his second pass between several defenders in finding Reese down around the goal line, good for a gain of around 20. Running back Ryan McCants, the Beavers big, bruising back, punched it in for the touchdown.

While Lalich didn't have as many touchdown tosses as Katz did, he still led the offense to scores on nearly all of his drives. With the way McCants was carrying the rock today, Peter didn't need to toss it all over the place.

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