April 10, 2012
Day 5 rewind and a look at the linebackers
A day perfect for shorts and a t-shirt quickly turned to sweatshirt and shivers weather, but hey, that's Oregon. The team stayed inside Reser Stadium throughout the drizzly session and got some good work done.
A name that Beaver Nation hasn't heard in a while, Dorian Smith, was in attendance and at one point took the d-line aside and gave them a pep talk.
The list of guys sitting out remained about the same with the addition of Colby Prince who Coach Riley would later say had a tight hamstring. D-tackle Mana Tuivailala missed the 2nd half of practice with what looked to be a minor shoulder injury and running back Malcolm Agnew was held out of most of practice after complaining of what Riley called a "tight" hamstring, he assured everyone there was nothing torn or pulled.
As the special teams session got underway Keith Kostol and Tim McMullan traded off punts. Early on it's tough to tell who may hold the advantage.
Kostol is much quicker in his approach and release, but very inconsistent often booting a 50 yarder followed by a 35 yard mishit. McMullan, slower in his approach, has as much if not more hang time on his punts than former OSU punter Johnny Hekker. Defenders found themselves waiting for a full second as the returner (Wheaton or Poyer) looked skyward.
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