Beav QB battle (if possible) just got bigger

THE STARTING QUARTERBACK BATTLE at Oregon State was already the top spring storyline. Luke Del Rio’s decision to transfer virtually guarantees it will remain so throughout the rest of the offseason.

Either true freshman Seth Collins or redshirt freshman Nick Mitchell is likely to win the job. The problem is that neither, nor Del Rio or anyone else, has been particularly compelling throwing the football this spring.

There have been moments when it comes to Collins and Mitchell. There have been flashes.

But they’ve been followed up by the typical growing pains of a quarterback who has yet to play a down of college football on Saturday afternoons.

Saturday’s scrimmage, the second official scrimmage of the spring, takes on even greater importance. Neither Collins nor Mitchell needs to be lights out. But it would go a long ways if one or both would put together an accurate, concistent outing. Serviceable, at the least.

A new offense. A new coaching staff. New quarterbacks. And it’s become clear this is going to be a long process.

"I'm proud of the kid's efforts," Gary Andersen said last week. "I wouldn't say I'm overly excited where we sit in some areas, especially our ability to throw the ball effectively."

That doesn’t seem like it’s just coach-speak. It sounds like a significant concern.

It was surprising Del Rio didn’t complete the spring, that he didn’t try to bust out from the pack over the final one-third of the remaining practices. But he was behind Collins and Mitchell and ultimately, that’s all water under the bridge now.

There are four practices remaining this spring, including Saturday’s scrimmage and next Saturday’s spring game finale.

Every one of those practice sessions just got bigger where the quarterbacks are concerned.

Assuming Brent Vanderveen stays at tight end, the Beavs could look to bring in a JUCO transfer between now and fall camp in order to have four QBs on the year, including one to run the scout team and two to take reps behind the starter should injury strike.

Former Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson, who spent the past two seasons working under OSU quarterbacks coach Kevin McGiven, received his release from Utah State earlier this week, though he would need to sit out the 2015 season.

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