Before the season began, I was concerned Oregon State Head Coach, Mike Riley, was making a bad choice by selecting Sean Mannion as his starting quarterback instead of Cody Vaz. Well, three games into the season, Mannion is making me look like a fool. The Beavers got their first road-win of the year last night in their conference opener in Utah against the Utes, and once again, it was Sean Mannion leading the way. Mannion has now thrown for over 350 yards in three-straight games, and last night he threw for a career-high 443 yards in the Beavers 51-48 overtime victory, OSU is now 2-1 on the season.
What makes Mannion’s start even more impressive is the fact that Oregon State went into the game averaging just 2.8 yards per rush, and had only 48 yards on the ground against the Utes. Mannion showed leadership by not pointing fingers after their opening-season loss the Eastern Washington, and he has led his team by making plays while the coaches search for answers in the ground-game.
Aside from Mannion’s maturity and hard-work, his progress is a result of great coaching. Credit Riley for spending countless hours with Mannion over the last three-years for his development. Mannion is now making better decisions, playing with confidence, and leading his team. If Mannion continues to play like he has in the first three-weeks of the season, Oregon State is going to make serious noise in the PAC 12.
Chad Doing, Host
Sports Radio 750 The Game