Former Oregon State starting quarterback, Chance Nolan, decides to enter the transfer portal

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Quarterback Chance Nolan steps back to deliver a pass against Boise State on Sept. 3 in Reser Stadium for this season’s home-opener game. Nolan enters the transfer portal with at least one more year of eligibility left.

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Before going down with a neck injury in a game against Utah on Oct. 1, Chance Nolan seemed to be the starting quarterback moving forward with the Beavers.

It was announced today by Angie Machado of 24/7 Sports Thursday afternoon that Nolan has entered the transfer portal and will be leaving Oregon State before the beginning of next season.

Nolan has also confirmed his entrance to the transfer portal through his personal Instagram.

From his Instagram post, “After much prayer and talks with my family, I have decided to enter my name in the transfer portal. I will always call Corvallis home, and will always be a Beav #BeaverState,” said Nolan.

Losing his starting position to Ben Gulbranson after his neck injury that placed him in concussion protocol as well, Nolan would not play again for the remainder of the season.

Before the injury, Nolan was putting up satisfactory statistical numbers, completing 66 of his 111 passes that resulted in 939 yards and eight touchdowns through four games prior to entering the game against Utah on Oct. 1. 

Throughout his career with the Beavers which lasted three years, Nolan was able to complete 316 of his 520 passes for 4,153 yards, resulting in 32 total touchdowns and 20 total interceptions. 

Entering this season, Nolan was named the starting quarterback by Smith after proving himself as the starter during preseason camps that placed him in front of names such as Gulbranson and Tristan Gebbia, whom Nolan replaced as the starter after Gebbia went down with an injury against Oregon on Nov. 27, 2020. 

The Beavers welcome a four-star quarterback recruit, Aiden Chiles, who is expected to graduate early from high school and sign with Oregon State in December, next season. With Nolan leaving through the transfer portal and Gebbia graduating from the school this season, Chiles aims to compete for starting reps with Gulbranson and remaining Beaver quarterbacks Travis Throckmorton and Dom Montiel.