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  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL

    Woods' long run highlights OSU's first spring scrimmage

  • The good news is the offensive line looked good.
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  • The good news is the offensive line looked good.
    The bad news is the defensive line didn't.
    Such was the case Friday during Oregon State's first scrimmage with officials of spring football practice.
    The big offensive highlight of the scrimmage came when running back Storm Woods quickly broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run right up the middle.
    "It was cleanly blocked," coach Mike Riley said. "Defensively, it shouldn't go for a touchdown. There's always good and bad with a play like that."
    The run defense buckled down after that play.
    Woods had two carries for 82 yards, backup Terron Ward had five for just three yards and freshman Chris Brown had 22 yards on 11 carries.
    "I liked it so the practice is like a real game," Woods said. "It felt good to get back out there. I was anxious to play. I was ready to hit. I was talking trash to (linebackers) Michael Doctor and D.J. Alexander all day."
    During the first two weeks of spring practice, the offensive line opened some big holes for the ball carriers. Returning starters Michael Philipp, Grant Enger and Josh Andrews have been playing well, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh said.
    Josh Mitchell has played smart at center while starter Isaac Seumalo rests an injured elbow. Gavin Andrews has played well in his bid to be the starting right tackle this fall.
    "There were some good signs there," Riley said. "Our line has a chance to be better and be deeper. It's better to have some people to work with and have a chance to grow. Depth is a key, key issue there. We've never had a lot of depth with guys who can play in the games (until now)."
    The passing game was efficient from all the quarterbacks. Cody Vaz completed 8 of 9 attempts for 91 yards with a 25-yard touchdown to Obum Gwacham.
    Sean Mannion was 10 of 14 for 57 yards and Brent VanderVeen was 4 of 8 for 34 yards.
    "During the long pass skeleton period, they both made plays," Riley said of Vaz and Mannion. "It's good to have two guys who know what they are doing."
    None of them threw an interception in the 11 on 11 portion of the scrimmage. Safety Ryan Murphy picked off a pass in the 7 on 7 session.
    Brandin Cooks was the preferred target with six catches for 50 yards. Gwacham caught two for 41 yards and Malik Gilmore grabbed three for 19 yards.
    Overall, Riley was pleased with the scrimmage and first two weeks of practice. There are six more leading up to the April 26 spring game.
    "I think it went good, a little longer than I intended," Riley said. "The young guys got a lot of turns there. It was pretty sloppy but they got to play."
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