OSU football opens preseason

Oregon State football prepares for 2014 season

By Zack Hall / The Bulletin / @cogolfguy

Published Aug 5, 2014 at 12:02AM

Schedule

Aug. 30 Portland State 1 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Hawaii 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 San Diego St. TBA

Sept. 27 at Southern Cal TBA

Oct. 4 at Colorado TBA

Oct. 16 Utah 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Stanford TBA

Nov. 1 California TBA

Nov. 8 Washington St. TBA

Nov. 15 Arizona St. TBA

Nov. 22 at Washington TBA

Nov. 29 Oregon TBA

CORVALLIS — Midway through offensive drills, Oregon State football coach Mike Riley screamed instructions in the face of a lineman who had just missed an assignment.

Luckily for the Beavers, they have 27 more practices to go to get it right.

Oregon State opened its preseason camp Monday at the Tommy Prothro Football Complex, just northwest of Reser Stadium, and the mood was decidedly positive despite the occasional instruction outbursts.

“Boy, do we have a long way to go to look like football out there,” said Riley on the field after practice on a sweltering afternoon in the mid Willamette Valley.

“I think there’s talent, but we’re not a smooth-operating machine right at this minute.”

In other words, there was nothing unexpected in the first full practice of the 2014 season.

Dressed in black or white jerseys, shorts and black helmets, the Beavers ran drills for about 2 hours and 40 minutes, with hip-hop music blaring through the practice-field speakers and about 50 spectators — every Oregon State practice is open to the public — watching every move.

There was no significant contact on the field, but the players were happy just to don the black and orange again.

“It is great to come out here and get the blood flowing again,” said sophomore receiver Victor Bolden, who is being counted on to fill the void of departed star playmaker Brandin Cooks. “I am excited to just start the season and get it on the road.”

For some, the first day of practice was about getting acclimated to a new role or getting their first taste of NCAA Division I football.

For others, such as senior quarterback Sean Mannion, the opening day of camp brought a whole other feeling.

“I definitely feel old,” said Mannion, who seemed more outgoing and confident in front of reporters than he did in years past. “You remember the guys who were seniors when you were just getting here, and they’re all gone. And now you’re suddenly looking around and there is no one that is really older than you.”

Oregon State, which is trying to improve on a 7-6 2013 campaign, will open the season against Portland State on Aug. 30 at Reser.

Before that happens, though, the Beavers have to begin with baby steps.

So what will happen in the first few days of practice?

“Installation and getting stuff in, especially with some of the new guys coming in,” Riley said. ”And then progressing with that installation into being able to play after that.”

— Reporter: 541-617-7868, zhall@bendbulletin.com.