CORVALLIS, Ore.– For those who have seen the past two days of Beaver camp, you could hear a noticeable difference: the music playing during practice. Mike Riley and the Beaver players are not in charge of the song selection, but what if they were?
“You’ve never heard of the people I like,” Riley said, “Bob Schneider? You don’t know Bob Schneider!”
“I like the music so far. It’s getting the [players] going. It’s getting the moral up,” said running back Terron Ward, “I like ‘2 Chainz.’ If they play that I’m going to get it going.”
“I’m a big Kanye West fan, and Frank Ocean. I doubt we’ll hear any Frank Ocean, that’s too mellow for practice,” said wide receiver Obum Gwacham.
“I might a little Michael Jackson in there, just to get it going,” said wideout Brandin Cooks. When asked if he we would cut up a rug, “A little moonwalk here. I’ll try to moonwalk on the turf, but I don’t know if that will work.”
Thursday and Friday practices feature loud, blaring music ranging from Jay-Z to Guns N’ Roses. They also played recent hit “Call Me Maybe,” which inspired us to ask about some of the players’ guilty music pleasures.
“DMX! That’s my guilty pleasure,” said offensive guard Josh Andrews, “when his songs come on, I can really get hyped.”
Andrews, nicknamed “Juice,” even gave a little impersonation of DMX.
There are the obvious difference in musical taste between head coach Mike Riley and some of the Beaver players, but one thing they can all agree on is that they’d like to play to the tune of more wins in the 2012 season.
Friday Practice Notes
- Offensive lineman Colin Kelly, who sat out Thursday’s practice with a hyper-extended knee, returned to the field on Friday.
– Mike Riley talked about the lack of depth at wide receiver, but also noted the marked improvement of Wheaton and Brandin Cooks. Both receivers have looked fantastic in camp thus far, running hard and crisp routes.
– Sean Mannion looks incredibly poised in the pocket and confident with his throws. He’s releasing balls before receivers and backs break on routes.
– Saturday will mark the first full pad, full contact practice of fall camp for the Beavs. There was an increase in intensity today, particularly during integration phases of practice. Markus Wheaton and Jordan Poyer went head-to-head.