OR State holds scrimmage for Portland-area fans

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 2:04 AM

And that was the point."This is an invaluable experience for our youthful kids to obtain in front of a crowd and play, obtain on a bus drive up here, and obtain into as much of a game-day environment as we can," coach Gary Andersen said of the Portland-area event, just over an hour'south drive N of the Beavers' residence in Corvallis.

OR State holds scrimmage for Portland-area fans

OR State treated its scrimmage Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium just love an away game.

And that was the point.

"This is an invaluable experience for our youthful kids to obtain in front of a crowd and play, obtain on a bus drive up here, and obtain into as much of a game-day environment as we can," coach Gary Andersen said of the Portland-area event, just over an hour'south drive N of the Beavers' residence in Corvallis. "It was a excellent day for our kids and really the though process for our kids was just that: We necessity every moment we can obtain into a big-time football environment as possible."

Fans got their first see at UT State transfer Darell Garretson, who started at quarterback for the white team. Garretson had to sit out latest season because of NCAA transfer rules.

Garretson hit Victor Bolden with an 18-yard pass on his first series and finished seven of fifteen for sixty-six yards with an interception, thanks to sophomore cornerback Dwayne Williams.

"I'm beautiful comfortable with everything going on right now," Garretson said. "Mainly just getting back into the rhythm of things, and more or less the speed of what it is. So overall I perceive beautiful comfortable right now."

Freshman Mason Moran started for the black team in the informal event, while Marcus McMaryion also saw action. Andersen ran sixty-nine total plays.

McMaryion is the only returning quarterback who saw action latest season. Both Seth Collins and Nick Mitchell decided to transfer in the offseason after the Beavers finished 2-10 in Andersen'south first year.

"It'south going to be tough to really create a decision at quarterback until we've an offense that can assistance the quarterback, regardless of who it is," Andersen said after the event. "So, as much as you'd love to declare we've a timeline on it, right presently we're a small bit held back by the receivers, that'south the long and the brief of it."

Andersen praised freshman receiver Trevon Bradford, a local kid from OR City, who caught four passes for fifty-four yards and a touchdown, and veteran Victor Bolden, who'd two catches for forty-three yards. Bolden also had three carries for thirty-five yards.

The scrimmage concluded with players gathering on the field and singing the OR State fight song while applauding the several thousand fans who turned out.

The NCAA decision on Friday to ban off-campus football satellite camps had number impact on the scrimmage at Hillsboro. The ruling doesn't prevent teams from throwing such events, and recruits were allowed to attend the scrimmage just W of Portland.

Bolden was asked via Twitter what he thought of the new rules, which require FBS-level programs to conduct clinics and camps at their own facilities. He responded: "This definitely hurts the players more than anything. Those below recruited players won't obtain the same exposure now."

OR State'south annual spring game is set for April sixteen at Reser Stadium.

Dubbed the "Dam Showcase," the event at Hillsboro Stadium was followed by an OR State baseball game against Central AR at the adjacent Ron Tonkin Field, residence of the minor league Hillsboro Hops. The Beavers' baseball team is 20-seven and ranked No. 7 in the nation.

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