April 16, 2009

Beavers continue improvement

It was a confused day in the weather department in Corvallis, but the Oregon State football team had a good day of practice on Prothro Field on Wednesday. As the team continues to work on fundamentals and the Beaver playbook, Coach Riley said after practice that he is pleased overall at the way camp has progressed so far.

While the coaches continue the task of working with the athletes and refining their skills, there were many good things that stood out throughout the afternoon.

At quarterback, Sean Canfield looked crisp and in command throughout the drills. He is showing a comfort in the offense that I haven't seen from him, and he looks to be relaxed and having fun on the field. Having some good receivers to throw to never hurts either.

Ryan Katz also looks to be grasping the complex Oregon State offense and it is fun to watch he and Canfield throw long downfield as both have great arm strength. Canfield is definitely the leader right now, but it is nice to see Katz picking things up.

Lyle Moevao is also always around helping the guys and offering encouragement to the team. He is staying really engaged, just as Canfield did last season. Fall camp, if Moevao is ready to go could be very fun to watch.

While Jacquizz Rodgers practiced drills, Ryan McCants was running with the one's much of today. Jovan Stevenson had some nice runs as well and he has a nice little burst of speed. He also impressed me with his balance and ability to keep his feet under him, which gained him a few yards after it looked like he had been brought down.

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