Why QB Pensyl and OSU are the right fit

WHILE SO MANY other teams are looking to use their quarterback in the running game these days, Oregon State is not one of them. Their quarterback of the future, James Pensyl, talks about why OSU is the right fit for his particular brand of quarterbacking.

James Pensyl (6-6, 210) is the kind of guy who can stretch the field, and he says that's why Mike Riley and offensive coordinator John Garrett are bringing him on board.

"Coach Riley and Coach Garrett told me they want a quarterback who can throw the ball first, that they have running backs who can run it. And that's what I do," said Pensyl.

But Pensyl is more accurate than you would expect from a big-armed quarterback. The lefty out of Land O'Lakes, Fla., tossed 22 scoring passes against only three interceptions as a junior.

"I throw the ball accurately, I have velocity on it, I stand in the pocket – that's really my style of quarterbacking," said Pensyl.

And at 6-6, he can more easily survey the scene than the typical dual-threat QB. As a junior, Pensyl threw for 2,345 yards on 167-292 passing.

Riley, it would seem, is going to continue to develop an offense that emphasizes the medium- to long-range passes with new offensive coordinator Garrett.

"I know that (Riley) likes I can throw the ball with velocity down the field," said Pensyl.

As for the unofficial visit this past week, during which he verbally committed, Pensyl said Oregon State put on an excellent presentation.

"It was amazing, different from Florida for sure… me and my dad really enjoyed it," said Pensyl.

And there was no trepidation about moving across the country for college.

"My dad and my mom both agreed with me, they wanted to be sure I'd be happy and to be sure the fit was right… if that's where the best fit is, that's where the best fit is," said Pensyl.

Pensyl is already drawing comparisons to Sean Mannion, whom he spent some time with during the unofficial.

"He's a great quarterback, I'd like to think that's true," said Pensyl. "We both have strong arms, sit in the pocket and look to make a pass first. He's a good decision maker from what I've seen in watching Oregon State film and hopefully I can learn the playbook and become near that (level)."

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