How many yards will Beav QB rack up?

IN MIKE RILEY’s last dozen years of coaching the Beavers, no Oregon State quarterback ever rushed for more than 288 yards. Does that change this season?

If Seth Collins, the favorite coming out of spring ball, wins the QB job it seems likely. Nick Mitchell, Collins’ chief competition, can also run. Redshirt freshman Marcus McMaryion also remains in the QB mix but has a lot of work to do in fall camp to challenge for the job.

One of the first things new Oregon State head man Gary Andersen said upon his arrival in Corvallis: We will run the quarterback.

The 6-3, 181-pound Collins ran for 81 yards in the spring game, though it should be emphasized that total wasn’t by design. As a high school senior, he threw for 1,013 yards and rushed for 988 hashes.

While that last stat is from high school and this is the Pac-12, it still has relevance. It shows he can obviously make plays with his feet, and it also illustrates some passing deficiencies.

Oregon State quarterbacks collectively this spring, Collins included, had a poor session throwing the football. It was one of the top storylines of the spring session, if not the top story.

The end result, barring an unlikely 180 in fall camp, is that OSU is likely to rely quite a bit on the QB taking off from the pocket this season on passing downs.

And why not? How many times in recent years have Beaver fans watched with frustration as the D covered everyone well enough only to see the opposing QB take off for 12 yards on third-and-nine?

UCLA’s Brett Hundley ran for 355 yards his first season as the Bruins quarterback in 2012 (followed by 748- and 644-yard seasons in ’13 and ‘14).

How many yards could Collins rack up this season? A 350-yard total seems a reasonable number.

Unless he gets sacked an awful lot, the guess here is it will be more than 288. And perhaps even quite a bit more.

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