Beavers open spring practice in search of a QB

CORVALLIS — While Oregon State's starting quarterback may be something of an uncertainty, the Beavers still have the duo that's come to represent the team's offense.

Running back Jacquizz Rodgers and older brother James, a flanker, are healthy this year as the Beavers opened spring practice on Monday.

Last season the pair was largely absent from spring drills as they recovered from different injuries — Jacquizz had shoulder surgery and James was healing a broken collarbone.

Quizz healed just fine and went on to score 22 touchdowns, including a school-record 21 on the ground, tying him for third in the nation. He has 2,693 yards rushing in two seasons at Oregon State, fourth on the school's career list.

James Rodgers averaged 179.1 all-purpose yards per game last season, tops in the Pac-10. He had an Oregon State record 2,328 total all-purpose yards.

The question this spring doesn't center on their health — but on who will be getting the brothers the ball.

Quarterback Sean Canfield graduated after throwing for 21 touchdowns and completing a school-record 67.9 percent of his passes.

The Beavers had appealed for a sixth year of eligibility for quarterback Lyle Moevao, but it was denied by the NCAA. Moevao was 11-4 as a starter for the Beavers. He passed for 3,410 yards and 21 total touchdowns.

Candidates for the starting job in 2010 include sophomore Ryan Katz, Peter Lalich, who transferred to Oregon State in 2008 after he was dismissed from Virginia for off-field issues, and, to a lesser degree, redshirt freshmen Cody Vaz and Jack Lomax.

Coach Mike Riley, ever the optimist, went to his new Twitter account after Monday's workout, which was held in the Truax Center because of a spring storm.

"Lots of enthusiasm," Coach Mike Riley tweeted. "We got a lot done for a helmets only practice."

Riley announced that starting defensive end Matt LaGrone had left school for personal reasons.


OSU IN COLUMBIA — Eighth-ranked Oregon State has been placed in the Columbia Regional for the NCAA women's gymnastics championships April 10 at the University of Missouri.

They'll join No. 5 Georgia, No. 15 Missouri, No. 25 Minnesota, No. 30 Iowa and No. 36 North Carolina.

Track and Field

SOU'S WAROFF HONORED — Southern Oregon senior Alex Waroff has been named the Cascade Conference field athlete of the week.

Waroff won the decathlon at last week's SOU Spring Break Multis with a 6,390 points. The total is a personal best and should qualify Waroff for the NAIA national meet for the second straight year.

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