Eugene, Ore. -- Oregon and Oregon State fall camp continued on Wednesday with the Ducks practicing inside the Moshosky Center due to wildfire smoke coming from the Oakridge area.
Here are some practice notes from Wednesday, August 11, for Oregon and Oregon State. You can find post-practice video of Ducks receivers Troy Franklin and Dont'e Thornton as well as Beaver running back BJ Baylor and tight end Luke Musgrave above.
While the Oregon offensive line continues to gel, the Ducks have plenty of versatility at the wide receiver position. Their upperclassmen such as Johnny Johnson III and Mycah Pittman have made their bones in the Pac-12 as shiftier, speedier receivers. But the arrival of 2021 recruits Troy Franklin, Dont'e Thornton and Isaiah Brevard changes the size and speed of the position group. All three are big bodied, long receivers who can operate as pass catchers in space but also make the jump ball red zone play. Franklin and Thornton arrived on campus back in the spring, and credit a full offseason of work as the reason for their progression so early in fall camp.
"I feel like me coming earlier helped me prepare for this time now," said Thornton. "I already had a few months in the playbook which made it easier that when fall camp came I really just had to focus on playing and not focusing on what play I had to do here and there and just get out and start playing."
"The biggest learning curve for me was probably the playbook," Franklin affirms. "A little bit of the playbook and just remembering different terms and things like that but once I got that down it was pretty good for me."
Quarterback Tristan Gebbia was out due to illness which allowed some of the OSU QB's to get reps with the first and second team. South Carolina transfer Deshaun Fenwick split reps with BJ Baylor at the running spot while wide receiver Zeriah Beason has come along nicely. But the big story is the offseason work done by Bend native and OSU tight end Luke Musgrave. The third year sophomore has shown a good aptitude as a blocker and continues to remain a threat in the pass game while Teagan Quitoriano continues to work through injury.
"I just tried to attack the offseason," Musgrave explained. "I think this is my best offseason thus far. Both weight room and conditioning. I just tried to focus on football. Get my body right and just build on whatever I had started."
"He's always been really good in the passing game," said Oregon State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren. "I think being able to finish 50/50 balls as a big body is one of the things we're looking to see more. We are thrilled about him. He's going to be a big part of what we do"