Beavers look to find passing game under new quarterback rotation

Oregon State vs. Stanford

Following a lackluster performance on offense against Stanford, the Oregon State Beavers took to the practice field in hopes of finding a passing game.

Head coach Gary Andersen surprised many when he announced on Monday that he would be possibly splitting quarterback duties between Marcus McMaryion and Conor Blount.

Against Stanford, McMaryion was able to only produce 137 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. This has been a consistent theme for most of the Beaver’s season; struggling to find any type of memorable offense.

“I told the offense yesterday that fifteen points are never where you want to be at as an offense,” said co-offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven. “We are not going to win many games if you don’t have more scoring output than that.”

OSU fans have not had the chance to see quarterback Conor Blount lead the offense much this season. Against Utah, Blount was able to only complete one drive after sustaining a knee injury.

The challenge in using two quarterbacks in a game is making sure that both players have enough reps and preparation in practice ahead of time.

“If you are going to have two quarterbacks playing, you have to make sure that they’ve seen the things at practice that we ask them to execute on Saturday,” said McGiven. “We have to look really hard at what we’re doing in practice and what were scripting so both guys are exposed before Saturday.”

With McMaryion maybe having to take a back seat to Blount this weekend, he made it clear that he is unaffected by the noise and focused on the ultimate goal of winning.

“Whether I am in or (Blount) is playing, I am going to be 100 percent supportive,” said McMaryion. “We are trying to get a win. Whoever can put the team in the best position to win is our number one goal.”

This Saturday the Beavers are set to face off against UCLA on the road. Plagued with injuries, the Bruins have fallen far this season from their preseason projection of winning the Pac-12 South.

Blount will now have the task of convincing his teammates that he is deserving of seeing increased playing time. When asked about his thoughts on leading this team, he took a diplomatic approach, understanding the importance of his duties.

“There is ultimately one goal and that is to win,” said Blount. Like coach (Andersen) preaches, this is a business in which you need to win, so whoever and whatever we need to get the win is the most important.”

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