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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Katz sharp in Oregon State scrimmage

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

New Oregon State quarterback Ryan Katz has answered every question he can during preseason practices. Now the question is what he can do in games. On the road. Versus top-10 teams, such as TCU and Boise State.

Katz was sharp in the Beavers' scrimmage Tuesday, completing 4 of 5 passes for 100 yards with two touchdowns, including a 48-yard scoring strike to James Rodgers.

The Oregonian quoted coach Mike Riley on Katz: "He's got every bit of range. Every bit of range. And the beautiful thing is, he doesn't need a big runway to throw it in. He can stand there and throw the ball unbelievably far. ... the one thing we can do is threaten people down the field for sure.''

It also appears that Jordan Jenkins' production -- I think it's fair to say pleasantly surprising -- at running back has continued since the spring. He figures to help add depth at the position behind Jacquizz Rodgers after the season-ending shoulder injury to Jovan Stevenson.

Still no resolution at middle linebacker between Tony Wilson, Rueben Robinson and Kevin Unga.

Some more notes on the scrimmage and video on Katz here. And a story.

The gist of all this: The Beavers look good on offense, even with a rookie QB. But the defense has some issues -- struggling against the run and yielding big plays -- while replacing David Pa'aluhi at MLB has proven difficult.