Friday, the fifth day of Oregon State's fall camp, was the first day with the players in full pads. Unlike in past fall camps, the Beavers had full-team, live-tackling drills.
During the short drill, the defense was dominant. The front seven, especially the starters, were in the backfield early and often on run plays.
Caleb Saulo, Ryan Murphy and Jalen Grimble were all standouts during the drill, as each tackled the runner before the line of scrimmage.
The day ended with what has become a tradition for OSU during fall camp: a water-balloon fight.
NEWS AND NOTES:
• Outside linebacker D.J. Alexander exited practice with a right hamstring injury. The senior linebacker was nursing the injury; the trainers looked at it and wrapped the upper leg with ice, and Alexander watched the remainder of practice from the sideline.
• Wide receiver Victor Bolden went down with an injury during the team drill, as well. Bolden broke free past the secondary but then grabbed his leg and fell to the ground. The trainers looked at him, and after a minute, he got up and walked off on his own.
• The first-team offensive line looked the same as it did Thursday, with Dustin Stanton at right tackle and Gavin Andrews at left. The two had been playing the opposite sides in the first three days of practice.
• Grant Bays, who missed the end of spring practice with a back injury, did not participate in practice. Nolan Hansen filled in at right guard with the first team in his stead.
• Isaac Seumalo, Damien Haskins, Connor Hamlett, Dashon Hunt and Mason Johnson remain out of practice.
• Chris Brown appears to be in the mix for touches this year. Brown, Storm Woods and Terron Ward appeared to have about an equal split during practice Friday.
POSITION FOCUS: DEFENSIVE LINE
The big boys up front on defense looked solid in the first live play of the summer.
The starting unit has been consistent through the first week of fall camp: Dylan Wynn and Jaswha James at defensive end, Bud Delva and Siale Hautau at tackle. Obum Gwacham, Grimble, Lavonte Barnett, Baker Pritchard and Ali'i Robins are in the mix with the backup unit. Gwacham and Grimble, in particular, look to be a part of a passing-down package.
Wynn said after Friday's practice that sound tackling in stopping the run is the biggest aspect the defensive linemen are working on for 2014. Wynn also spoke highly of Grimble, saying he definitely brings a veteran presence to the D-line and has meshed well with the guys who have been at OSU.
OFFENSIVE MVP: SEAN MANNION
The highlight of the day, and perhaps all of fall camp, was when everyone at practice was able to witness Mannion run. During the full-team drill, Mannion dropped back, saw no one open but had a gaping hole in which to scramble. Mannion tucked the ball under his arm and took off to the right. The entire team was hollering as the statuesque quarterback ran up the field for 20 yards.
DEFENSIVE MVP: MALCOLM MARABLE
With Dashon Hunt out, Marable has stepped into the No. 3 cornerback role, and has looked capable. On a button hook to Victor Bolden, only Marable stood in the speedy receiver's way. Marable faced up Bolden and tackled him to the ground, receiving congratulations from his DB comrades and Coach Riley himself.