CORVALLIS - Taylor Henry was the dominant force for the Oregon State football team's defense during Saturday's spring game in Reser Stadium.
The sophomore defensive end recorded four quarterback sacks and roamed the backfield with little resistance.
Pressure from the defensive line caused problems for the offense all day. The defense forced seven punts, six turnovers and stopped the offense on downs twice.
"He has always been quick and fast, and now he added about 25 pounds," coach Mike Riley said. "He has strength to go with that speed. I think he's going to be a real factor, and exciting."
Henry had seven tackles, including five for a loss of 33 yards.
Riley is relieved about his development next to fellow defensive end starter Gabe Miller. End was supposed to be a team strength, but the abrupt departure of Matt LaGrone hours before spring practice started threw that into question.
Henry moved up the depth chart by default, but proved he can handle the enhanced responsibility each practice.
"We all had to get better and had to step up," Henry said. "It was not just me. Now we all want to get better in the offseason, that's our goal."
One way to look at the spring game is there was a lot of give-and-take. That's how it went all spring practice.
Since no one area dominated, Riley sees that as good balance among the team. That also helped him point out that there's plenty of work to do in the offseason.
It worked since many of the players were repeating that mantra afterward.
"Overall the work was good," Riley said. "There was enough positives there we can feel good about heading into the summer and fall camp. There's still a lot to work on."
Paea, Quizz rest
Star running back Jacquizz Rodgers and defensive tackle Stephen Paea didn't participate in the part of the workout that included tackling to keep them healthy.
Every time the Beavers scrimmaged with tackling this spring those two didn't take part. However, they still feel the spring was productive.
"We worked on the mental part of the game," Paea said. "That's the hardest part of the game, the mental part. Every year I made progress and this was a productive spring for me."
There were no major injuries to come out of the spring game. Running back Jovan Stevenson was limited to four carries for five yards due to a hip-pointer injury, Riley said.