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The Portland Tribune is reporting Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen will take the same position with Oregon State and both schools have confirmed the news.

Many will scratch their heads over this decision as it seems like a lateral move at best. Andersen is well respected by college and NFL coaches and is from the west coast. After leaving Utah for Utah State, it seems like the head coach wanted to return to that side of the country. He will bring his power, zone blocking offense to the Pac-12. Oregon State's former coach, Mike Riley, just moved to Nebraska. The carousel continues.
Dec 10 - 5:34 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion "drew the most praise" amongst senior QBs from NFL scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"More of a third-rounder," one scout said. "Just lacks arm strength. Good size, good production." We're a little flabbergasted that scouts continue to believe in Mannion. The signal-caller had a great 2013, but posted an ugly 46/39 TD/INT ratio in his other three seasons as starter (2011-'12, '14). He threw for 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns less this season than he did last. And did we mention that Mannion struggles with pressure, leading to sacks and head-scratching interceptions? There are more consistent quarterbacks out there if you're looking for a late-round flier, but scouts refuse to give up on physical tools and Mannion's got those at 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, even if he hasn't shown much else.
Dec 9 - 10:47 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline continues "to hear a lot of good things" about Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson.

"The senior entered the year with free agent grades but has elevated himself into the middle rounds," Pauline wrote. "Sized well at just under 5-feet/11-inches and 200-pounds, he could elevate to a top 100 pick with a good post-season showing." Nelson, who collected 122 total tackles, eight interceptions and 16 pass breakups during his short two-year OSU career, recently accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.
Dec 1 - 8:11 PM

Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Nelson has racked up 122 total tackles, eight interceptions and 16 pass breakups in his short OSU career. The Oregon State prospect was a touted JUCO transfer in 2013. Last season, Nelson was a Pac-12 Conference Honorable mention pick. Nelson will be the third cornerback in OSU's history to play in the Senior Bowl, joining Keenan Lewis (New Orleans Saints) in 2007 and Jordan Poyer (Cleveland Browns) in 2013.
Dec 1 - 2:47 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 30-of-46 passes for 314 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Washington on Saturday.

At this point, Mannion's 2013 season looks flukish, a clear outlier to the work he turned in over his other three seasons of eligibility. Indeed, in those three years (2011-'12, '14), Mannion has posted an ugly 45/39 TD/INT ratio. Mannion will be lucky if a team pulls the trigger on him late on Day 3 due to his size (6-foot-5, 218 pounds) and four-year-starter experience.
Nov 23 - 10:52 PM

An NFL scout contacted by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was not impressed by Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion.

Brugler texted an NFL scout to ask if he was watching the Oregon State/Arizona State game on Saturday night. The scout texted back simply "I'm watching two QBs I wouldn't draft." Ouch. Not that we disagree with his assessment on either Mannion or Arizona State starter Taylor Kelly. Outside of a few throws, neither impressed. Mannion showed himself to be largely unable to deal with the blitz, while Kelly repeatedly missed open targets.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 18 - 5:22 PM

According to Oregon State HC Mike Riley, senior RB Terron Ward will "most likely" miss the remainder of the regular season with a knee injury.

Ward has rushed for 696 yards and 10 touchdowns on 133 carries this season. Of the knee injury, Riley said, "[Ward] is all over the place on our team, so when you lose a guy like that, it takes [multiple] guys to replace him." Storm Ward is expected to take over rushing duties and has proven capable of the job, having rushed for 591 yards and four touchdowns. Oregon State wraps up its schedule with games against Washington and Oregon.
Nov 18 - 4:30 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson is "moving up draft boards."

"He won't test off the charts at the NFL Combine with average size and speed for the position, but it's his aggressive attitude that makes him draftable and moving up draft boards with his play as a senior," Brugler writes. Last week the 5-foot-11, 192-pound Nelson snapped Arizona State's Jaelen Strong five game streak with at least one score. Brugler notes that The Oregon State prospect "plays like the biggest player on the field with supreme confidence and the competitive spirit that allows him to match up with anyone."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 18 - 4:03 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior Sean Mannion completed 19-of-33 passes for 251 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Arizona State on Saturday.

This was a good test for the embattled senior gunslinger, as Arizona State's defense is perhaps the most blitz-happy in the country and Mannion had shown a tendency against USC and Stanford to wilt under pressure. The results were mixed. The Sun Devils broke through on a disintegrating line several times and Mannion was unable to release the ball fast enough to avoid sacks. There's not much Mannion can do when the offensive line acts like they've never seen pressure before, but the senior had chances to unload the ball and simply didn't. On the most beautiful play of the game, though, Arizona State brought the house, the line and backs picked it up and Mannion unleashed a perfect strike down the field to a sprinting Jordan Villamin for a 66-yard touchdown pass. Plays like this are rarities. Mannion too often ends up either taking sacks or throwing bad interceptions. He has physical tools, but we don't view him as more than a backup NFL quarterback.
Nov 16 - 6:08 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Oregon redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion needed to show a "glimpse of turning it around" against Arizona State on Saturday.

The NFL draft analyst wrote that Mannion had been "disappointing in big games." His two worst games this season have come against USC and Stanford, where he threw for a combined 255 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Fellow analyst from CBS Sports, Dane Brugler, also keyed in on the fact that the Arizona State contest might be Mannion's last real chance to solidify himself for evaluators, writing, "sooner or later, he needs to show scouts why he's worth drafting." There are more consistent quarterbacks out there if you're looking for a late-round flier, but scouts refuse to give up on physical tools and Mannion's got those at 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, even if he hasn't shown much else.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 14 - 6:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that "sooner or later" Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion had to prove he's worth drafting.

Coming into the 2014 season, Mannion was considered by some scouts to be the top senior quarterback prospect, but he's only thrown 10 touchdown passes in nine games. "Mannion does have the excuse of having to adjust to a new offensive coordinator this season," wrote Brugler "but sooner or later he needs to show scouts why he's worth drafting." Mannion's running out of chances and this weekend's game against Arizona State is a high-profile contest for the 6-foot-5, 218-pound statue of a quarterback. We really don't see Mannion as anything more than an NFL backup, but scouts refuse to let his name go gentle into that good night.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 13 - 7:37 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 31-of-49 passes for 419 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to Washington State.

Mannion could have had a second touchdown pass, but his 38-yard pass to Victor Bolden was called back on a holding call. As it was, the quarterback ended up leading the Beavers to four field goals as Oregon State lost its fourth in a row. Mannion will occasionally put up yards like he did in this one--he threw for 320 yards against Cal last week--but he's struggled when faced with good defenses (highlighted by an weak effort against Stanford). We don't see him as an NFL prospect.
Nov 9 - 6:30 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline has heard Colorado State's Garrett Grayson, Oregon State's Sean Mannion, ECU's Shane Carden and Southeastern Louisiana's Bryan Bennett will likely receive Senior Bowl invitations.

Pauline adds he has heard invitations will be withheld for Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley, two redshirt juniors who are eligible for the event because they graduate early. We are shocked that Bo Wallace, Bryce Petty and Brandon Bridge are not listed in the group. The senior crop at this position is not strong. At all.
Nov 4 - 10:30 AM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 30-of-45 attempts for 320 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's loss to Cal.

It was a nice bounceback performance for Mannion, who hadn't exceeded 300 yards since the season opener. That said, we aren't changing our opinion on him. Mannion can move the ball against poor NCAA defenses (the only three games this season in which he's looked better than average have been against Portland St., Hawaii, and Cal), but he gets overwhelmed by even decent talent. We don't think he'll be drafted.
Nov 2 - 8:30 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 14-of-30 attempts for 122 yards in Saturday's loss to Stanford.

This was just the second time in 38 starts that Mannion has failed to exceed 200 yards passing. If ever there was a game to illustrate why we've never viewed Mannion as a legitimate NFL prospect, it's this one. Across from a strong, NFL-lite type defense, he looked utterly lost. Mannion is a statuesque pocket passer who drops his eyes in the face of pressure, misses open receivers, and overthrows others. We don't think he'll be drafted.
Oct 25 - 10:49 PM


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