Pre-Spring Report: Quarterbacks previews the Oregon State Beaver quarterbacks heading into spring camp.


Not much can be said that you don’t already know. Record setting quarterback Derek Anderson is gone along with a plethora of yards, touchdowns, and interceptions. The one thing that Oregon State fans can say is that Anderson did not lose any games last year, and that is all Beaver fans can hope for this year from their starting QB.

The veteran(s):

Sophomore Ryan Gunderson is the veteran in terms of years in the program. He has the arm strength and physical tools (6-5, 223) to be successful, but his mechanics need to be straightened out if he is going to take the Beavers to the next level.

Junior Colt Charles has been in the system the same amount of time as Gunderson. While the lefty will not compete for a starting or even backup spot, his skills are valuable as his pass to Bill Swancutt in the Civil War showed.

The new guy(s):

UCLA transfer Matt Moore has all of the physical tools to lead the Beaver offensive attack. UCLA fans have raved about his strong arm and athleticism with their only complaint being his “me first” attitude. While it is still yet to be determined weather Moore has shed this perceived attitude, all preliminary signs point to that he has. He is working out with the receivers and is hungry to prove his critics wrong and lead the Beavers to a BCS bowl game.

Since setting his foot on campus, coaches and fans alike have enthusiastically chatted about Brian Hildebrands fluid mechanics and prescene on the field. After a year in the system Hildebrand is confident, getting better, and ready to push for the starting position.

Spring ball:
It is a strange, yet intriguing, feeling not knowing whom the Beavers starting quarterback will be. Most people have tagged Matt Moore as the man to beat, but don’t count out Gunderson or Hildebrand. A lot of time and effort has been put into Gunderson’s mechanics and several coaches think he has what it takes to lead the team.

One to watch:
Redshirt freshman Brian Hildebrand is the wildcard. He had an excellent year on the scout team as he learned the offense while improving his footwork and mechanics.

Riley says:
On Ryan Gunderson - “Ryan has a terrific opportunity to be the next good quarterback at Oregon State. He has worked very hard for this moment and I’m excited to see how he develops this spring.”

On Brian Hildebrand and Matt Moore - “Brian is a very athletic and intelligent player who has improved as a passer.  With regards to Matt, I didn’t want to bring a transfer into the program if I didn’t think he could compete for the job, and after studying video, the coaching staff decided Matt has the talent to be an immediate contributor.”

On Sean Canfield - “Sean will have an opportunity as a true freshman because of his early availability.  I appreciate the effort he has made to make himself available for spring practice and due to that he will be further ahead than a normal freshman in August.”

QB Roster:

  • Matt Moore (6-4, 180) – junior transfer, played one season at UCLA
  • Brian Hildebrand (6-2, 201) – redshirt freshman ready to compete for starting job
  • Ryan Gunderson (6-5, 223) – sophomore, the veteran of the program
  • Sean Canfield (6-4, 210) – true freshman will arrive in time for spring ball
  • Colt Charles (6-2, 188) – junior walk-on, valuable special teams member
  • Paul Kirwan (6-2, 191) – sophomore walk-on, second season with the team
  • Brady Schialich (6-1, 204) – sophomore walk-on, second season with the team

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