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OSU game likely to go on despite smoke

CORVALLIS — Saturday's home game for Oregon State against Minnesota will most likely go on as planned.

OSU sports information director Steve Fenk said the air quality in Corvallis should be fine by game time at Reser Stadium.

Smoke from fires in the state has settled in some areas, including Eugene, where it has been a much bigger problem.

Even so, it has been noticeable in Corvallis.

"It's pretty smoky," OSU running back Ryan Nall said. "It's not the best. I heard down south they had to move their practice to the coast so they could get a little better air quality. So it's not good for our health, for anyone.

"I think we have it pretty well, it's not too bad here. But it's a pretty crappy thing that's going on around the state."

Nall said the bad air has been annoying and it's been a little harder trying to catch his breath.

He said moving practices to the indoor facility might be a good idea if it gets worse.

"Yeah. It gets muggy in the indoor but I'd rather have muggy than not being able to breathe, so if it comes to that, we can always move inside and move forward from there."

RUN BLOCKING: Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach T.J. Woods spoke on the line's up and down play in the run game.

Woods said the linemen know their blocking assignments and it has come down to how well they've been executing those blocks.

"And we're working on that," Woods said. "That comes down to technique up front, too, and quite frankly the guys have been challenged that way, to sustain blocks. We're on the right people. They understand the offense, they understand what they're doing, which is a huge positive. They know what they're doing and I think they know how to do it, but the consistency of the how is what we're missing right now."

Woods said the Beavers have played two solid run defenses, but that they have been making the mistakes that have slowed the run game.

"The biggest problem right now is not what defenses are doing to us, it's more about what we're doing to ourselves with our technique up front," he said.

ONE SACK: The offensive line has been good about keeping defenders away from the quarterback.

The Beavers have given up one sack in the first two games for the first time since 1988.

"I'm pleased with where we're at right now," Woods said. "There's always room for improvement. No matter what you do, no matter what the results are: There's good, there's bad.

"I'd say overall it's adequate what we're doing in the passing game and that's been a huge point of emphasis all offseason, and so it's nice to see some of that stuff show up."

ON DELP: Kammy Delp has moved into a position to challenge Trent Moore for the right guard spot.

Woods said Delp has improved dramatically and has continued to improve since the start of the season.

"We're kind of hoping that competition throughout the next couple weeks will solidify itself and we can get one guy in there, and if we can't I think we can rotate those two guys through," Woods said. "I think they do a good job of handling that mentally and getting the reps and all that type of stuff, so we'll continue on with what we've got."