The Oregon State football team worked out in Reser Stadium on Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s showdown with Washington State.
That was the first time since preparing for the Wisconsin game that the Beavers went into the stadium. They have been on the road and in bye weeks so they stayed on the practice field.
"It was a good day and guys were into it,” coach Mike Riley said.
A sign that the defense will have its hands full against the Cougars is that DC Mark Banker kept working his guys after the 1 p.m. practice ended for the offense. Riley had to cut him off so players could get to class.
All the players who were banged up were at full speed, so the Beavers are healthy going in. Someone Tweeted me about C Isaac Seumalo being hurt. He’s not. He practiced all week, and pretty hard Thursday.
Reser Stadium is expected to be legitimately sold out. Capacity is 45,674. There have been three sellouts since the latest expansion -- the 2008 and 2010 Civil Wars. the only non-Civil War sellout was the Nov. 15, 2008, game against California.
“I think it will be great to play at home and it will be great to have the home crowd,” Riley said. “We just have to understand that it’s a trap to think that you have some great advantage.”
The Beavers know all about that since WSU crushed them 31-14 in 2010 in the last meeting in Reser Stadium. They were heavily favored in that game.
Here’s a story on the Cougars preparing for QB Sean Mannion after he a big day against them last year.
More former players are hanging out at practice and helping the team along. OL Kyle DeVan came back again after being released from the NFL to work with the defensive scout team.
The latest to showed up was OL Alex Linnenkohl. The football team has an impressive alumni base that keeps contributing.