Spring battle: Quarterback

THE ENVISIONED QUARTERBACK COMPETITION this spring between Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao will not happen, not with Canfield sidelined as he rehabs his shoulder. His absence gives Moevao a chance to stake a claim, and it will also give a window unto the future as a half-dozen Beaver field generals are expected to see time under center.

With Sean Canfield out, Lyle Moevao has 15 spring practice sessions to make an early case for the starting assignment. But barring something unexpected, the starting competition is expected to pick up again between the two in fall camp.

Canfield tore his labrum in November but still came back to play in the Emerald Bowl. Offseason surgery, however, means he's out until June or July, if medical projections run according to plan.

The battle between him and Moevao was never quite settled last year -- Canfield started and got the most snaps but Moevao also played liberally, attempting 147 passes on the year.

THE STORY at QB this spring will be if Moevao looks like he's turned a corner -- that happens sometimes after a first year where improvement is considerable and everything suddenly starts to click. Additionally, the other big story is that the future will be on display.

After Moevao, there are five other quarterbacks on the roster expected to see action and many eyes will be trained on Ryan Katz. The 6-2, 194-pound dual threat enrolled early at OSU, has thrown only eight interceptions over his last 400-plus attempts his junior and senior years, and could compete for the backup job as a true frosh.

Kaulin Krebs is also expected to be at his first OSU camp having undergone his Mormon mission since signing with the Beavs a couple classes ago. Krebs ran primarily a rushing offense in high school but he was an efficient quarterback who made few mistakes. He should see his first chances to start knocking off the rust when spring drills get underway in Corvallis on March 31.

Three walk-ons -- Zach Anderson, Justin Engstrom and Brennan Sim -- will also get their shots.

"The only way we can look at it is it will give Lyle an opportunity to grow and others to compete," Riley said last month.

The 15-day drills wind up with the Spring Game on May 3.

SPRING PRACTICE DATES:
March 31
April 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30

Spring Game: May 3 at Reser Stadium


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