OSU Notebook: Glover certain he'll be eligible to play next week

2011-08-09T23:30:00Z 2015-03-25T18:01:38Z OSU Notebook: Glover certain he'll be eligible to play next weekBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

Dominic Glover, Oregon State's projected starting defensive tackle, said Tuesday he will be academically eligible next week.

He just needs to pass one class and the session ends Friday.

"I'll be ready 100 percent at the end of the week," Glover said before practice. "It's a fine situation. There was no concern or worry. It is what it is. I'm out here practicing."

Coach Mike Riley echoed the lack of concern. Players need to make a certain amount of progress toward their degree each year.

Glover spent time at Oregon and a junior college before joining OSU last year. He worked during the summer toward that percentage.

Rodgers updateSenior receiver James Rodgers was named to the watch list for the second annual Paul Hornung Award, given to college football's most versatile athlete.

 

When healthy, Rodgers returns punts and kickoffs, is a deep threat and runs the ball on the fly sweep.

Rodgers worked out briefly again Tuesday, just doing drills as he recovers from his knee injury. Riley was again impressed with his progress.

"He followed up his first day with another good day," Riley said. "We are still doing individual periods with him and that's it."

Some concernsRiley talks cautiously about his team this season. He stresses the Beavers have a narrow window this year between success and failure.

 

"This team has to execute to win," Riley said. "We lost two of the best players in the history of our school in Jacquizz Rodgers and Stephen Paea. In order to pick up the slack, everyone has to step it up. The margin of error will not be great."

Loving the receiversRiley loves the passing game and stockpiles standout receivers. He's having fun watching a deep group of talented athletes work.

 

"I'm excited about that group," Riley said. "I lay in bed at night hoping they are all healthy and are able to do what they can. And then we added to that group with four talented freshmen."

Position changeJunior college transfer Rudolf Fifita started out at defensive tackle before practice began but was quickly moved to end. He's listed at 6-foot-3, 263 pounds but looks lean.

 

Agnew returnsTrue freshman running back Malcolm Agnew returned to practice after injuring his left ankle Monday.

 

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