As spring football continues for the Oregon State Beavers coming off a 9-4 season in 2012, there is a major question that plagues this team. The Beavers are a team that really doesn’t have a solid starting quarterback. Oregon State bounced between Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz last season. That can’t happen again this year. The Beavers must decide on one of those two quarterbacks before the 2013 season starts and stick with him.
Mannion threw for 2,446 yards and started most of the team’s games, but he never saw the field during Oregon State’s bowl game. Vaz got the start in the bowl game and finished the season with 1,480 passing yards. I would think that Vaz would be the one that the Beavers should be starting, but Mannion’s early success last season gives me pause. This won’t be an easy decision for Oregon State to make because there is a chance that this team could challenge for a Pac-12 North title this season.
If the Beavers want to think about going to the Rose Bowl, the quarterback decision is the biggest one out there. You can’t be flip-flopping your quarterbacks from week to week and expect to get away with it. Oregon State should cruise through their first five games on the schedule and could even be undefeated when they visit Oregon for the final game of the regular season if all goes right. I wouldn’t want to be the one that makes this decision at quarterback. Mannion and Vaz are so equal that picking one could be like flipping a coin. It is a decision that must be made though.