User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Mike Riley readies for Oregon State's fall camp

Last season at this time, Oregon State coach Mike Riley was focusing on choosing a starting quarterback. That's the least of his concerns as he heads into fall camp this year.

Advertisement
Sean Mannion won the starter's job over Cody Vaz last fall and went on to throw for a Pac-12 single-season record 4,662 yards and a school-record 37 touchdown passes. The Beavers finished 7-6, capping off the year with a 38-23 victory over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.

Mannion decided to return for his senior season, solidifying that position for the Beavers. Luke Del Rio, Brent VanderVeen and Kyle Kempt will compete as his backup during camp, which opens for Oregon State on Monday.

In a conference call with reporters on Thursday afternoon to preview camp, Riley said his chief concerns were Oregon State's offensive line and the cornerback position.

The line loses three starters from last season, Grant Enger, Josh Andrews and Michael Phillip.

Center Isaac Seumalo, who will likely shift positions this season, is still recovering from a broken foot he sustained during the Hawaii Bowl. It is not known if he will be able to come back in time for the Beavers' opener at home against Portland State on Aug. 30.

Fellow lineman Josh Mitchell was coming off of shoulder surgery and Grant Bays has had back issues that slowed him during spring practice.

A solid offensive line is key not only to Mannion's protection but also to Oregon State's running game, which struggled last season before showing some spark in the Civil War against Oregon and in the victory over the Broncos. The Beavers bring back Terron Ward and Storm Woods, who combined for 998 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.

''We're going to have to continue to formulate that line through camp and solidify it,'' Riley said. ''If we can get everyone healthy and working well together that will certainly be a good sign for our running attack.''

Riley said he is also concerned about the cornerback position and who will play opposite Steven Nelson now that Rashaad Reynolds has moved on to the NFL. The Beavers' coach would also like to nail down the defensive front following the loss of Scott Crichton.

He also said he plans to add live scrimmages during fall camp. Last year the team didn't hold any because of injuries.

''We want to make sure our players are prepared. So more intermittent live work with a couple of probably 50-play scrimmages involved in there would be what we're pointing toward,'' he said.

Oregon State was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 North this season by reporters who cover the league. Rival Oregon was picked to finish atop the division and win the conference title.

The Beavers on Thursday announced the addition of linebacker Kyle Haley, who had 56 tackles last season as a freshman at Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach, California.

Earlier this week Oregon State also announced five walk-ons: offensive lineman Mason Johnson, long snapper Connor Kelsey, fullback Iona Pritchard and wide receivers Drew Kell and Gabe Ovgard. All are true freshman except Pritchard, who is a post-graduate fifth-year senior from BYU.

Despite his concerns, Riley was ready to get the season going.

''This is a great time of year, but it's also sobering in some ways because you're entering the submarine for a series of months, and there will be a lot of things we go through in that time,'' he said.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
News: Jackson remains Heisman 'chalk'
Edwards: Opening Line Report - Bowls
Nelson: 4th Quarter Covers - Week 14
Houston to hire Kiffin as next coach
Alabama cleans up on All-SEC team
Oklahoma's Westbrook off to big stage
Stanford RB McCaffrey declares for NFL
Oregon coach Taggart credits Harbaugh
Beat-Navy mindset is everywhere at Army
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA FB Hot Streaks
5-2 Run, 10-5 G-Plays, +1,885 TY
11-5 L16, 34-12 Streak, +1,841 TY
3-0 Saturday, 7-1 L8, 12-3 L15
8-1 Win Streak, 14-5 L19 Totals
4-1 Picks, 13-3 G-Plays, +1,653 TY
18-6 L5 Saturdays, 59% +1,543 TY
14-3 Last 17 G-Play Streak
+2,757 NCAA FB Over/Unders TY
7-3 L10 Picks, 13-4 L17 G-Plays
39-14 L5 Saturdays, 48-24 Streak
19-9 L4 Saturdays, 30-16 L46 Run
8-4 Sat., 19-7 GPlays, +2,353 Totals
28-14 L6 Saturdays, 31-15 Streak
14-6 CFB Record L20 Picks
9-4 L13 CFB Guarantees
4-0 Saturday, 7-1 L8, +1,036 TY
4-2 Saturday, 11-4 G-Plays TY
3-0 Week 14 Record
4-1 L5 Guaranteed Plays
11-4 L15 G-Plays, 17-9 L26 Picks
NCAA FB College Football Expert Sports Picks - Army Black Knights vs. Navy Midshipman
2016 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 1885
Joe Williams + 1841
Kyle Hunter + 1653
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 400
Michael Black + 400
Paul Bovi + 300
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Rickenbach 59 %
Pat Hawkins 58 %
Kyle Hunter 58 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 984
Marc Lawrence + 917
Kyle Hunter + 740
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2757
Micah Roberts + 2353
Kyle Hunter + 2001
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 605
Vince Akins + 605
Scott Rickenbach + 557
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership