Coach Andersen and the Beavers offense received good news on Monday as Spencer Petras committed to the Beavers, giving them a quarterback for the 2018 class.
It appears that we are seeing a shift in quarterback philosophy for Andersen. When he arrived in Corvallis, he recruited dual-threat quarterbacks that could beat you with their arms and their legs. With Jake Luton and now Petras, the Beavers look to be transitioning more to pro-style quarterbacks with big arms, but less mobility outside the pocket.
With Petras, the first thing that jumps out on film is his big arm. He throws a beautiful deep ball that has enough air under it to make it catchable for the receiver. He's able to hit the receiver in stride even while on the run.
At the 1:30 mark, Petras shows great composure as he is able to avoid a sack and complete the throw. Later in his film, another great example of his composure shines at the 5:00 mark as he again is able to roll out and complete the pass under pressure from defenders.
The first five minutes of the junior film highlights his passing ability, including the deep ball, I was impressed with some of the highlights where he used his legs as well. He also has the size and toughness to take a hit.
While the 6-foot-5, 216 pound Petras will never be considered a true dual threat quarterback, he has enough athleticism to make plays with his legs and is definitely not a statue in the pocket.
Petras has been able to put up some big numbers in just one year as the starter for the Wildcats. As a junior he threw for 3,036 yards, including 33 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions. He also carried the ball 84 times during the 2016 season, rushing for 310 yards and seven touchdowns.
He still has some strength to add to his 6-foot-5 frame and should be at his best around 230-235 in college. When he comes in, the Beavers will have two seniors in Luton and McMaryion as well as Conor Blount and Aidan Willard. This should give Petras a year to learn the system and grow in the weight room under Coach Simon.