The stars sat, and Oregon State' spring game Saturday was mostly ragged, but at least one void appeared to be impressively filled.
Sophomore end Taylor Henry, who's trying to step in for the departed Matt LaGrone, collected four sacks to pace the defense.
Running back Jacquizz Rodgers and defensive tackle Stephen Paea didn't play -- and Paea's absence made Henry's effort even more impressive. The O-line couldn't claim to be distracted by a force inside.
Quarterback Ryan Katz was hot and cold, completing 9 of 20 passes for 123 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The TD pass went for 14 yards to Markus Wheaton, capping a seven-play, 67-yard drive to start the scrimmage.
The defense, however, was mostly in control thereafter, stopping the offense on three downs four consecutive times at one point. The offense finished with six turnovers.
While Katz was inconsistent, he posted a strong spring overall and is a clear No. 1 on the depth chart. The competition at the position going forward might be between Cody Vaz and Peter Lalich for the No. 2 job, though neither was sharp on Saturday. Vaz completed 8-of-13 for 60 yards in the scrimmage, while Lalich was 6-of-12 for 47 yards. Jack Lomax was impressive late, tossing three touchdown passes, all to Mitch Singler, including a 66-yard strike.
A positive on offense was the play of the backup running backs; Rodgers can't carry the ball every time, after all. Sophomore Jordan Jenkins rushed for 112 yards on 26 carries, while junior Ryan McCants had 74 yards on 24 attempts.