April 30, 2009

Final practice before the Spring Game

It was a chilly day inside Reser Stadium on Wednesday, but the players and coaches continued to work hard. It was day 14 of spring practice and with only the annual spring game left, Coach Mike Riley feels good about where the team is at this point in the young season.

"I've loved it as much as any spring that I've ever had," said Riley. "I think this team grew and I think they were productive. They worked - there wasn't a lot of garbage going on. It was a lot of good football and a lot of hard work. They're giving themselves every opportunity to be good."

On the football field, some familiar names stood out. Sean Canfield and Darrell Catchings have been a joy to watch this spring. With Canfield looking more confident and Catchings using speed and excellent route running, the duo could be an exciting spark for the Oregon State offense this fall.

Catchings looks like a different player since getting a handle on his diabetes. At one point he made the adjustment on a ball thrown slightly behind him in the endzone to make a one handed grab for the score.

Not to be outdone, Casey Kjos continues to make plays. He may not have the blazing speed of Catchings, but he's solid, makes big blocks, and has great hands. He'll be a great possession receiver for the Beavers. Howard Croom and John Reese had some nice catches as well.

Canfield has continued to impress onlookers and coaches alike with his command of the offense and strong arm. But, Riley was quick to point out that he looks forward to the quarterback battle heating up once Lyle Moevao returns to the lineup.

"Only one team in the PAC 10 got by with one quarterback last season," Riley said. "I'm really thankful for these guys. I know they can both do it."

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