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Beavers wrap up spring practice with fan fest

Associated Press Modified: April 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm •  Published: April 28, 2012
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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State concluded spring practice with a 95-play scrimmage for fans at Reser Stadium on Saturday.

The Beavers did not hold a traditional spring game because of a lack of available players on the offensive line.

"There was some good give and take," coach Mike Riley concluded. "There were some good plays."

Cody Vaz threw for 151 yards and two touchdowns during the scrimmage, while Sean Mannion, last season's starter, passed for 81 yards. Jack Lomax, son of former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax, also took some snaps and finished with 70 yards passing.

Riley's biggest concern seemed to be interceptions. Vaz, Mannion and Lomax all had one apiece.

"I hate to see those," Riley said. "We've got to eliminate those from out repertoire, so to speak."

Obum Gwacham caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Vaz, and Micah Hatfield pulled down a 15-yard TD.

Malcolm Agnew ran for a 1-yard score. Trevor Romaine hit field goals of 41, 33 and 45 yards.

Riley was encouraged by the Beavers' group of running backs, including Agnew, Jordan Jenkins, Terron Ward and Storm Woods. He also praised the defense.

Oregon State went 3-9 overall and 3-6 in the Pac-12 Conference last season, finishing out of the postseason for the second straight year. It was the Beavers' worst season since 1997.

Mannion became the starter last season as a redshirt freshman but had some growing pains. While he finished with 3,332 yards passing (third most in school history) and 16 touchdowns, he also threw 18 interceptions.

The biggest issue for the Beavers heading into this coming season will be on the offensive line. The team had just eight available in spring practice.

Riley said that he should have a better idea of where the Beavers stand on the line in the fall when recruits arrive and injured players return.

The Beavers appear to have escaped spring practice without any serious injuries. They'll open fall practice on Aug. 1 in preparation for the opener at home against Nicholls State on Sept. 1.