CORVALLIS, Ore.– On the 16th day of Beaver fall camp, Mike Riley announced his decision on the starting running back position for the Beavers. Redshirt freshman Storm Woods won the job, beating out Malcolm Agnew, Terron Ward, Jordan Jenkins, and true freshman Chris Brown.
“We had a real good battle. Malcolm Agnew and Terron Ward are right in there,” said Riley, “[Woods, Agnew, Ward] is kind of the first-down group. And then on third down [Woods] and Jordan Jenkins.”
Turns out Riley told the media of his decision before he told Woods.
“I’m just shocked,” said Woods, “I didn’t know.”
“He’s obviously a fast runner. He has a good knowledge of the offense,” said OSU quarterback Sean Mannion, “I think he’s also an extremely good receiver. I think that’s something that Storm really brings to the table.”
Woods was the star of the spring, and in the offseason worked on studying the playbook. His play in fall camp shows a growth in knowledge and comfort within the offense.
“On a scale from one to ten, I’d say about a nine [now]. In spring, I would have gave myself a six, simply because of the depth of the routes, who I was blocking. I didn’t understand the blocking scheme at all [during spring], but now I know it inside and out.”
There was some concern for Woods about the final decision after he tweaked his ankle on Wednesday.
“I worried me a lot so I just went to treatment about five times yesterday so I could get back out here as soon as possible,” said Woods.
Prince Has Separated Shoulder
Tight end Colby Prince, the returning starter, has an AC sprain (separated shoulder). Prince said he sustained the injury Wednesday when he went shoulder to shoulder during a tackle.
Mike Riley said he hopes that Prince will be able to return to practice next week, and Prince said he will be ready for the Beavers’ first game of the year.