The Oregon State football team goes into a crucial spring practice after two losing seasons, so let’s check out the various position groups to talk about the depth chart and focus.
The most stable position on the team is QB with sophomore Sean Mannion leading the way. He took over as the starter last year in the third game.
Coach Mike Riley stuck with him good and bad all season. Mannion looked great with a huge upside at times and as an inexperienced rookie at others.
The plan for him is to just get better for the fall. The backups in order are junior Cody Vaz, junior Jack Lomax and redshirt freshman Richie Harrington.
Riley wants Vaz to push Mannion, and trusts him as a short-term backup. Lomax and Harrington are still developing.
There’s no long-term future of the position. Incoming freshman Brent VanderVeen might be, so he has some time develop with Mannion the starter for three more years.
So the QBs should be a quiet position leading up to the season. Is that good? Are the fans comfortable with the starter moving forward?