Oregon State OC Danny Langsdorf doesn't plan on getting fancy Saturday against Nicholls State.
He just wants the offense to be get its efficiency back quickly. If that means reserves get extra work, then great.
"We would love to play a lot of guys, but we are going to focus on the execution on offense," Langsdorf said.
However, many of the younger receivers got plenty of extra work this week since Brandin Cooks (knee bruise) missed the first practices and Markus Wheaton (quad) was limited.
Coach Mike Riley said they'll play if they feel healthy, but he's not rushing Cooks back.
How important is it to play well before the bowl game?
"I think it's really important. You want to have that ability to get that (last week's poor showing) out of your system. It's a negative and you dwell on it. Now we have a chance to correct some of those mistakes and play. Our guys have showed great energy all week to play some more. Everyone feels good about playing in this game."
What do you see as a challenge from Nicholls State? Are they different from when you were preparing for the Colonels for the season opener?
"They give you a lot of looks and coverage changes. It's a 3-4 team, but really 3-3-5. We haven't seen much of that. It will help us to see this year's stuff (on video) now. At the beginning of the year we had to work off last year's stuff. It's going to be a good challenge for guys to recognize everything we doing."