Heading into Thursday's "scrimmage" head coach Mike Riley received a bit of a setback on Wednesday with OLB DJ Alexander - one of the leaders on the defense - suffering a knee injury during practice. According to reports, Alexander was helped off the field, not applying any pressure to the leg he hurt. No word has been given yet as to the extent of the injury, but I wouldn't expect him to play in today's scrimmage, as Riley told the media Tuesday that the "older guys would sit it out."
As for the rest of fall camp, things have been progressing as usual. The injury bug has been kind to the Beavers so far, and I'm sure they're hoping nothing serious comes from Alexander's setback. Backup OL Garrett Weinreich does have a serious knee injury, and although no confirmation has been given, word around camp is, it could be a season-ending type injury.
I will be down at camp today for the scrimmage, and like you, I'm hoping Riley announces his starting quarterback. The consensus is that Riley will make his decision today or Friday. And with Eastern Washington looming two weeks away, giving the starter two weeks to work with the first unit seems like the right approach. If anything breaks and/or Riley makes his decision today, I will tweet it out asap.
But here are your other stories/VIDEOs from the other media members who do an incredible job covering Oregon State.
The Oregonian's Lindsay Schnell gives us an update on the split end battle between Obum Gwacham and Richard Mullaney. Both players are hungry to start, and Gwacham, especially, is eager to turn it around and is waiting for that one special play to right the ship.
The Gazette-Times' Kevin Hampton continues the Gavin Andrews features and gives us a great perspective of who he is as a person on and off the field. Good read here.
Angie Machado of BeaverBlitz.com does a 1-on-1 with OL Grant Enger. Enger, by many is considered a premiere leader of this team this year. Check out Angie's VIDEO interview.
And the Portland Tribune's Kerry Eggers goes into the trenches to give us an update on how the defensive tackles are coming along. A position Riley has admitted might be the most important for the Beavs to fill.