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Coach Jonathan Smith spoke with media about Reser Stadium construction, quarterback lineups, and injury updates

CORVALLIS — With full pads on, Oregon State football hit the turf at Prothro Field to get its reps in while Reser Stadium continued to be built up just a few hundred feet away.

Prior to the implosion of the western side of the stadium, Reser could accommodate roughly 42,000 spectators. Heading into the fall with the construction still underway, the stadium will fit roughly 26,000. One of the exciting new additions to the stadium will be Beaver Street, a walking path that goes around the entirety of the stadium.

It's something that head coach Jonathan Smith is excited about.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Reser Stadiums renovation is well underway, though it will not be completed during the 2022 season. While the stadium is under construction, there will be approximately 26,000 available seats.

"There's a bunch to like, I did get the chance to walk through," Smith said. "I think it was about three, four weeks ago. There's so much to like, I do like the idea that it's Beaver Street, 360. You can get around the stadium and access it from all ends. I think that'll continue to make the gameday experience awesome."

In addition to a renovated west side of the stadium, Reser will also be outfitted with a new, wider videoboard, replacing the old one on the south end.

More important than the constantly progressing construction is the development of the players during camp. After practice on Tuesday, Smith spoke with the media about the practice, noting that redshirt junior quarterback Chance Nolan was going to get the first reps in camp with the first team. The backup quarterbacks were getting looks behind center as well.

"Chance, he's going to get the first chance as we go along but all three of those guys will get reps with the ones (first team)," Smith said.

Smith noted Nolan's accuracy on the deep ball had improved during camp, as well as the quarterback's overall poise under pressure.

"I think he's confident, I think he's throwing the ball really well, practices for decision making and testing where I can stick the ball in (and) where not," Smith said. "He had a couple throws here today he'd probably like (to retry) but that's why we practice."

Nolan's receiving corps is progressing nicely, according to Smith, who liked what receivers Silas Bolden, Tyjon Lindsey, Anthony Gould and Tre'Shaun Harrison were showing in practice.

In addition, Smith noted that beyond the bumps and bruises that accompany the game of football there were no outstanding health injuries in the buildup to the season. Defensive back Alton Julian, who tore his ACL against Utah last season, is slowly being brought back, according to Smith.

"We're being cautious," Smith said. "Tough to give exact timeline, but we feel like before this first game, he will be moving full speed."

The Beavers will open their season at Reser against Boise State on September 3. Oregon State is 5-4 against the Broncos all time.


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