- Portland Tribune - Sports
Quarterback Sean Canfield looked superb in early drills but was much less impressive in Saturday's scrimmage, throwing interceptions to linebackers Joey LaRocque and Dennis Christopher on his first two series.
Canfield needs more experience, and he and JC transfer Lyle Moevao will get plenty of that the rest of the spring and in August training camp as they prepare for the Aug. 30 opener against Utah at Reser Stadium.
• Coach Mike Riley liked the defense and wasn't concerned as much with the offense's lack of sustained ball movement as he was with a rash of penalties.
'Our defense is pretty good, and the defensive guys played good,' he says. 'There's wasn't much room to run or throw the ball - the coverage was outstanding. It disrupted any (offensive) continuity. But we have to clean things up penalty-wise (on offense). Too many flags out there.'
• Christopher is one of about a dozen linebackers vying for playing time next fall, and the 6-1, 215-pound junior - a special-teams standout a year ago - had perhaps the biggest hit of the Saturday scrimmage.
'Dennis has made a move this spring,' Riley says. 'He's undersized, but so is Derrick (Doggett).'
• The Beavers are deep, too, on the defensive line. One player who has made an early mark is Sioeli Nau, a quick 6-2, 290-pound tackle transfer from Snow College in Utah who reminds observers of senior tackle William Akau'ola Vea.
'We have some clones in the D-line,' Riley says. 'Nau is one of them.'
• Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has praise for Tavita Thompson, the 6-6, 305-pound junior who will replace Adam Koets at right offensive tackle.
'Tavita has lost some weight (15 pounds) and is moving well, playing with some toughness, pass-protecting well and playing hard,' Langsdorf says. 'That's exciting.'
- Kerry Eggers