Breaking Down the Beavers: QBs

Last but definitely not least, we take a look at the Beavers’ quarterback situation with the final installment of our “Breaking Down the Beavers” series.  This one doesn’t really need much explanation. It’s the position everybody has their eyes on. Who replaces Sean Mannion, one of the most decorated QBs in OSU and Pac-12 history? So without further ado…

Who’s returning:
Nick Mitchell and Marcus McMaryion, both of whom are redshirt freshmen.

Who’s gone:
Sean Mannion (Drafted in the 3rd round by St. Louis), Luke Del Rio (Transfer), Kyle Kempt (Transferred), Brent Vanderveen (Converted to TE), and Tanner Sanders (Converted to TE).

New faces:
Seth Collins (Graduated high school early and participated spring practice.) and Darrell Garretson (Transferred from Utah State. Has to sit out this season, and will have two years to play two years.)

Potential strength:
Gone are the days of tall, strong-armed pocket passers at OSU. This group of QBs will be asked to make plays with both their arms and feet — and at first, don’t be surprised if most of these players look more comfortable scrambling than passing. So this group should be able to extend plays and from time to time hit big off busted plays.

Potential weakness:
Experience, experience, experience. None of the Beavers’ three eligible quarterbacks this season have taken a snap in a real game for OSU. So all of them, not just whoever wins the starting job, will be learning on the fly. As a result, there’s going to be some ups and downs this years, and some silly turnovers.

Way-too-early prediction:
This battle could rage on into the week leading up to the Weber State game. Collins is a highlight-reel and is the popular choice to win the starting nod. But Mitchell is a better passer and could be more consistent moving the ball. But don’t count out McMaryion. He looked good in the Spring Game and could really thrive under the new coaching staff. My guess: Mitchell is the Week 1 starter.

Go Beavs! (RW)

2 thoughts on “Breaking Down the Beavers: QBs

  1. nancy osborne

    This will be an interesting year with so much change! May the best QB get the nod….Go Beavers!

  2. kpedia

    Whoever took the time to throw with receivers all summer is the guy that will get the job. I highly doubt this battle goes on longer than two weeks however; I think Andersen wants to name his guy. He might not tell us, but I think he’ll have his starter. Plus, I think Andersen favors Collins because he recruited him. If anything, I’d bet McMaryion has as good a shot as Mitchell at this point. It’s closer to a three man race than you think.


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