The Oregon State football team began Alamo Bowl preparations on Monday with a light practice that focused on young players.
The Beavers reviewed a few individual drills and then got into how to run the hurry-up offense against Texas.
OSU and the Longhorns will meet in San Antonio on Dec. 29.
Coach Mike Riley plans to introduce new Texas wrinkles each day to keep practice fresh.
“We are pacing ourselves,” Riley said. “We have three weeks before that game. We are putting in small parts of what we are going to do right now. We’ll add to that each day.”
Coaches worked with players that didn’t see much action this season for about 30 minutes near the end of practice.
“It’s a great time of year,” Riley said. “If you like football and like to develop, this is a great time to do it.”
Reserve receiver Richard Mullaney missed practice and saw a doctor Monday afternoon about an ongoing shoulder problem.
He may play through the pain for the bowl game or consider immediate surgery, depending on what the evaluation revealed.
“We’ll know by (today) if he’ll practice or not,” Riley said.
No quarterback decision
Quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz split time with the first string. Riley said he won’t make a decision on a starter for a while.
“We are going to let them play for a bit before we evaluate the situation,” Riley said.