Name: Sean Mannion
College: Oregon State University Beavers
Weight: 208 pounds
Sean Mannion is entering his third year as the starting quarterback for Oregon State and was named one of the five captains for the 2013 season. He has the prototypical size that is coveted at the next level and has the arm to translate well at the next level. In two years, Mannion has had 5,774 yards passing and 31 touchdowns and 31 interceptions, which isn’t bad considering the level of competition he faces in the Pac-12 which has the likes of in-state rival University of Oregon Ducks who play the “Civil War,” one of, if not the biggest game of the year for each team, unless they are playing for a national title.
This season could be interesting as he lost star wide receiver Markus Wheaton to the NFL, however, great quarterbacks are always making stars from average, run of the mill wide receivers, especially at the college level.
Mannion’s father is a high school football coach, which likely aided in his development growing up. Mannion chose Oregon State because it seemed that it was the most similar to what he had in high school.
All in all, it should be interesting to see what Sean Mannion does in 2013 for the Oregon State Beavers. Does he make them a force in the Pac-12? Could he lead his team to a second BCS Bowl game, if not a national title? It might be unlikely due to the other schools in this conference, but time will ultimately tell and that’s why they play the games and not just look at the teams on paper.