June 24, 2009

OSU team camp brings out the masses

For the past three days, Oregon State football coaches and volunteers have been spending fifteen hour days helping teach the game of football to youth across the country. Nearly 1000 athletes descended on Corvallis with the hopes of walking away better players…mission accomplished.

Unlike many head coaches who make the opening remarks and then are absent from the camp, Mike Riley was available throughout the entire camp, traveling from group to group during every session. He was seen several times offering advice to the athletes and also talking with high school coaches who were in attendance as well.

The rest of the Beavers coaching staff were also very prominent and many current players were on hand to watch the festivities.

This year's camp once again showcased some of the West Coast's top talent as well as prospects from Hawaii and the East Coast.

Cornerback Nat Bellamy from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola was impressive during drills. He lined up at receiver and cornerback during scrimmages but stood out on the defensive side of the ball. Listed by rivals at 5-foot-9, Bellamy looked quite a bit bigger than that. He also had a nose for the ball and didn't shy away from contact.

Another player who caught the eye of onlookers was defensive lineman Scott Chrichton from Tacoma (Wash.) Foss. Chrichton definitely passed the eyeball test and was a force many times at the line of scrimmage.

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