After some thought, Oregon State coach Mike Riley decided against holding a scrimmage on Thursday.
The Beavers have several players trying to work through minor injuries.
“Besides a couple guys that are hurt a little bit, we’ve got so many pulled muscles and all that,” Riley said. “(So) it would have been hard to do anything really, except with just the group that’s out here.”
Riley said the team might scrimmage on Saturday.
When they do hold the scrimmage, it will probably involve just the younger players.
“What I’ve been thinking is that we have a lot of guys returning, we have three offensive linemen that are seniors that have started maybe 30 games. They don’t need just a lot of getting beat up,” Riley said. “Then we have some kind of new guys breaking in, so it’s always hard that way.
“But because of that, I may have to mix and match a little bit. Just get the older guys reps and get them prepared for the season and then find out more and play some football with the younger guys.”
D.J. Alexander was on his feet and walking at times without a crutch on Thursday.
Alexander hurt his right knee on Wednesday afternoon, and while not serious, he could miss four weeks, according to linebackers coach Trent Bray.
“What they’ve told me is they’ll look at it week-to-week,” Riley said.
It was good news for the Beavers, who are relying on Alexander and Michael Doctor to hold down the outside linebacker spots.
“Besides the depth (issue), he’s a good player,” Riley said. “I think we have some kids developing behind there that are going to be good, but D.J. is one of our better players.”
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker was asked if Alexander is one of the better linebackers in the conference.
“He’s not only a big part of our team and our defense and what we do schematically, but absolutely, I think that,”’ he said. “I don’t know what the rest of the league thinks but I think he’s got a chance to be one of the best ones in the conference.”
Late arrival Manase Hungalu had his helmet and jersey (No. 55) and was watching his new teammates practice.
He will be taking it slow for a few days.
“He’s got to have five days,” Riley said. “But the fifth day is full pads, so he’s good to go, basically.”
Hungalu will provide much-needed depth at middle linebacker.
“We went in thin with the dismissal of Josh Williams,” Riley said. “So I’m glad Manase made it, even though it’s late.”