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Gumbs, defense show progress in Oregon State fall camp

Corvallis, Ore. -- Oregon State rounded out their first week of fall camp with some light situational work in only helmets, while sprinkling in some special teams drills as well. With only three weeks until the Beavers August 30th kick off against Oklahoma State, the time to ramp things up will begin shortly. Tomorrow's closed door practice will be full contact and coaches are looking forward to seeing where some players are at, not only in their progression but in their recovery as well. University of Oklahoma transfer Addison Gumbs, in particular, is one such player. 

The outside linebacker projects has been, for the most part, working with the second unit on the field in the first week of fall camp. But the staff has also noted this is partially due to letting him take his time coming back from an ACL injury that he sustained while playing for the Sooners. The physical frame of Gumbs looks game-ready, it's just getting him up to speed on OSU's specific gameplan and philosophy that is taking some time. 

"We eased him into it the first couple of practices and then the last few he's gotten a ton of turns and that's what we're expecting from him," says OSU head coach Jonathan Smith. "I really look at our whole outside backer group...even (outside linebacker Matthew) Tago, the way he's rushing the passer compared to what he's doing last year has been a huge upgrade."

"He'd have no problem sliding in there with the ones and at times he's done that at practice," defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar mentions. "He's still a little bit recovering from the knee where he hasn't had a ton of live practice on it so we're hoping he'll be ready tomorrow for his first live action."

Beaver safety Jalen Moore is still recovering from a light hamstring injury, while junior college transfer defensive tackle Jordan Whittley is in concussion protocol. Both players remain day-to-day. Wide receiver Trevon Bradford is still "at least another week or so", according to Smith, but the head coach did mention the staff feels optimistic one of their top pass catchers from 2018 will be ready to go next week. 

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