April 23, 2010

Running backs excel on Day 12

There were plenty of familiar faces around Reser Stadium on day 12 of the Beavers' spring camp. For one, head coach Mike Riley was back at the helm after missing Wednesday's practice. Another face most Beaver fans will recognize, Al Afalava, was roaming around the sidelines and helping out with the safety group. Afalava is fresh off his rookie season with the Chicago Bears where he worked his way up to earn a starting spot at strong safety.

As for what took place on the field, practice started really well for the offense. On the first play of the team drills, Ryan Katz hit James Rodgers on a 12 yard out, as James went to turn up field he found nothing but green grass in front of him. Rodgers took the pass 65 yards untouched into the endzone. It was one of maybe 6 plays that we saw James on the field as he soon took a spot next his brother Jacquizz Rodgers and defensive tackle Stephen Paea on the sideline.

The next 45 minutes was much of the same as the offense was clicking on all cylinders. No matter who was taking the snaps, it seemed that there were wide open receivers all over the field.

Cody Vaz took the next series with the second string and marched them right down the field with a series of dink and dunk passes to receivers wide open either in the flat or in the middle of the field. Vaz capped the drive with a pretty 30 yard toss to Darrell Catchings on a backside post pattern for the touchdown.

After Vaz completed his drive, it was Peter Lalich's turn to lead the first string offense. Lalich had a lot of the same success that his predecessors had but his drive quickly turned into the Ryan McCants show.

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