It was all smiles and dancing at the Beavers’ second practice since their first fall scrimmage; but the chip that has been on Oregon State’s shoulder could still be seen on the field.
Offensively, the first 11 on 11 session was highlighted by junior wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins when he hauled in three tough catches. While sixth year quarterback Jake Luton stayed efficient, completing a majority of his passes for first downs and touchdowns.
Redshirt sophomore Job Dockery also turned some heads, catching a spectacular one handed grab with a defender in his face.
"I feel like our time management, our operation offensively is so much cleaner than what is was a year ago," explained offensive coordinator Brain Lindgren. "That excites me. It's a sign of a veteran team."
But as to who will be the starting quarterback for the Beavers is still up in the air. With no definitive answer yet from head coach Johnathan Smith, receivers are having to adjust.
"We're trying to gel with everyone," said redshirt freshmen Jesiah Irish. "Tristan, Jake and all of the other quarterbacks are doing a pretty good job and i think it's going well."
Oregon state’s defense made some mistakes early on but quickly turned things around as practice progressed. During the second scrimmage, the beavers defense pressured redshirt sophomore quarterback Tristan Gebbia, on multiple plays and forced a fumble.
"I think they are just so much more physical upfront," Lindgren said. "I thought they got after us pretty good for a lot of that scrimmage. I'm excited for them to go play against someone else," he said laughingly.