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OSU Ends Practices With Spring “Game”

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Courtesy: OSU Sports Information

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State football team closed its spring practice season with an extravaganza of fun Friday evening at Reser Stadium. The Beavers hosted their annual spring game, including an autograph session, a DJ providing tunes throughout the day and concluding with an 84-play scrimmage.

Returning starting quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz directed one drive apiece before giving way to their less experienced teammates. Mannion completed eight of 11 passes for 67 and one interception by starting safety Ryan Murphy. Vaz was 4-for-6 for 59 yards and led the offense to a touchdown on his only drive.

Redshirt freshman Brent VanderVeen received the bulk of the playing time completing 15 of 27 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown. The youngster showed glimpses of brilliance including avoiding disaster on one play when he mishandled the ball fumbling but recovering and using his athleticism to roll to his right before heaving a pass to Dustin Stanton for a 35-yard gain. Two plays later VanderVeen connected with Micah Hatfield for a touchdown from 21-yards out.

Several inexperienced defenders made big plays with redshirt freshman Tyler Hasty and junior Malcolm Marable recording interceptions, sophomore Joel Skotte forced a fumble that Hasty pounced on and sophomores Lavonte Barnett, Brandon Bennett-Jackson and Jaswha James and redshirt freshman Caleb Saulo were credited with sacks.

Special teams coach Bruce Read called on a pair of inexperienced kickers sophomore Riley Harper and true freshman Garrett Owens to handle field goal duties. Harper hit two out of three from 37-yards while Owens connected once.

The Beavers open fall camp Aug. 5 in preparation for a six-game home slate that starts Aug. 31 with back-to-back home games against Eastern Washington followed by a visit from Hawai’i.

SCORING PLAYS

Riley Harper, 37-yard field goal

Micah Hatfield 21-yard pass from Brent VanderVeen

Riley Harper, 37-yard field goal

Terron Ward 1-yard rush

Garrett Owens, 37-yard field goal

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING (No-Yds-TD)

Chris Brown 21-43; Terron Ward 6-28-1; Brent VanderVeen, 3-0; Richie Harrington, 2-(-12).

PASSING (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)

Brent VanderVeen, 27-15-0-153-1; Sean Mannion, 11-8-1-67-0; Cody Vaz, 6-4-0-59-0; Richie Harrington, 9-2-2-15-0.

RECEIVING (No-Yds-TD)

Brandin Cooks, 4-38; Chris Brown, 4-34; Blair Cavanaugh, 4-12; Micah Hatfield, 3-32-1; Hayden Craig, 3-32; Terron Ward, 3-28; Malik Gilmore, 2-22; Dustin Stanton, 1-35; Kellen Clute, 1-27; Obum Gwacham, 1-25; Connor Hamlett, 1-5, Michael Balfour, 1-4; Stevie Coury, 1-4.

DEFENSE

SACKS

Lavonte Barnett, 1; Brandon Bennett-Jackson, 1; Caleb Saulo, 1; Jaswha James, 1.

INTERCEPTIONS

Ryan Murphy, 1; Tyler Hasty, 1; Malcolm Marable, 1.

FORCED FUMBLES

Joel Skotte, 1.

FUMBLE RECOVERIES

Tyler Hasty, 1.

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Oregon State head coach Mike Riley:

Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion:

Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz:

Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks:

Oregon State cornerback Rashaad Reynolds:

Oregon State linebacker Michael Doctor:

Oregon State defensive end Dylan Wynn:

Oregon State running back Chris Brown:

Former Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer:

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