Oregon State football coach Mike Riley nearly set off an unintended QB controversy after the first spring practice Tuesday afternoon.
He was asked about starter Sean Mannion‘s play, and quickly complimented him. However, Riley then raved about backup Cody Vaz by name dropping him a few times.
“I thought Cody Vaz had a good day,” Riley said. “I’m just going to let those guys play.”
Something similar happened last year when questions were asked about then first-stringer Ryan Katz. The praise about Mannion was considered coach-speak.
This year, Riley was probed about Vaz making a move on Mannion since he was talking so highly of him. Riley caught on, and quickly defused the situation.
“Sean is our starting quarterback,” Riley said. “As you know, I want that other guy elevating all the time. Cody has. I just want to make note of that.”
Mannion took it in stride when asked about competition from Vaz. “That’s how I look at it every day,” Mannion said. “I tried to get better every day, win each day to be better than I was yesterday.”
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