Oregon State's fall camp hasn't exactly been off the wall with excitement, but something tells me that's just how head coach Mike Riley likes to have it. The Beavers - coming off of a 9-4 season - return a lot of the same starters and have a bit of a quarterback controversy, yet, fall camp continues to be somewhat ho-hum.
The injury bug hasn't bitten OSU yet, except for the knee injury to backup offensive lineman Garrett Weinreich, which has kept him out of the last couple of practices. Riley told the media after practice that he's hoping to get him back and that rest is the best solution. No official word on the extent of the injury or the timetable.
Senior cornerback Rashaad Reynolds and senior wide receiver Micah Hatfield both sat out due to ailing injuries, but Riley assured us that some of the guys just have some hamstring inssues and it's all precautionary. Wide receiver Richard Mullaney returned to full pads, on Tuesday. Albeit he was somewhat limited, he seems to be fine.
As for play on the field - freshman wide out Victor Bolden had a solid days work. The 5'9 frosh has showed great speed, hands and route running ability. In my opinion, Riley could use him this season in place for Brandin Cooks for the 3-4 plays off he may take. Another newcomer to the program making headway is the JUCO transfer Steven Nelson. Nelson thus far seems like the choice to replace Poyer opposite Reynolds, but with the Beavs playing nickel, senior Sean Martin will step in and see almost just as much playing time.
As for the QB competition, to be honest, there really wasn't one that was clearly better than the other. Vaz did throw the lone interception of the day, however, he was also the one getting the reps with the "first unit." Riley has yet to make an announcement on who his starter is, but most believe that that could come at the end of the week. Oregon State will scrimmage on Thursday, so we'll see who Riley chooses to go with, and if he'll make a decision at the end.
I would imagine Mannion is still the guy. Based on what? Who knows. But I personally like Vaz, and with Riley, you never know. Hell, Vanderveen could emerge for all we know.