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…
Nick Mitchell and Marcus McMaryion, both of whom are redshirt freshmen.
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).
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.)
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.
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.
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)