Moevao & Canfield, Canfield & Moevao

SAME STORY, new week. The status of Lyle Moevao's injured shoulder means the Beaver quarterback is day-to-day -- and if last week is any indication, he might not have his game status determined all the way until kickoff when the Beavs meet up with Cal on Saturday. As for Tuesday, Mike Riley pegged his starting quarterback at 80 percent before the day's practice session.

If you thought that Mike Riley was perhaps being overly optimistic during the UCLA practice week on whether Lyle Moevao would be ready to play against the Bruins, turns out you were right.

Moevao dressed for the game but Riley said it was clear during Saturday's warm-ups he not only wasn't ready to start, and that he wouldn't have gone in even if Sean Canfield would have gotten hurt. Now three days removed from the UCLA game, Riley says Moevao isn't yet to the point he's ready to re-assume command.

"I talked to him yesterday and he said he felt like he was about 80 percent yesterday. So that's good and we'll see how that goes, we'll just have to play it out with the week...he'll take some snaps today, I don't know how much throwing he'll do and then we'll go from there," said Riley.

Earlier in the day, Riley half-joked that Moevao saying 80 percent means it was probably more like 60-70 percent though he hastened to add that he does think Moevao's getting closer and closer.

What it boils down to for Cal, as was the case with UCLA, is that the Bears will probably need to prepare for two quarterbacks. Not a bad thing if you're Oregon State.

ONE THING THAT would appear a virtual lock is if Moevao is ready for Cal, he'll line up under center -- there is no quarterback controversy in Corvallis.

"We have to assume Sean will play right now, but we'll keep a close eye on Lyle and if he's ready to go, he'll start," said Riley.

As for Canfield, Riley has been steadfast in his praise since the junior came in against ASU when Moevao got hurt in the early second quarter.

"We feel good about Sean. He's made a lot of plays and I think obviously the playing time has been good for him," said Canfield.

Canfield has put up very good stats in Moevao's stead -- he's 35-for-50 for 440 yards with four touchdowns and two picks since taking over after Moevao was hurt.

Stats also don't tell the complete story.

Canfield has been, understandably, shaking off some rust and his timing isn't quite there yet over the past two games. From this chair, his arm also looked stronger against ASU than it did against UCLA this past Saturday, though that could have been more about the types of differing passes and routes run on the two Saturdays.

It can also be argued that the Beaver offense is not reliant on Canfield or Moevao to take over the game and win it -- Oregon State has three game-changing grabmasters at receiver, a running back who is leading the league as a freshman and an offensive line that is getting the job done.

Canfield has certainly done some good things out there the past two weeks. And unless Moevao makes a rapid recovery, he'll need to do some more of them this Saturday.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Dunking a football over the goal post by the men in black and orange is something unlikely to be seen for many a moon down Corvallis way.

Shane Morales, who injured his hip on Friday and was unable to play against UCLA save for the first series, incurred the injury during a Friday walk-through drill when he tried to dunk the pigskin over the crossbar, apparently something he's done without incident in the past. This time, however, he came down awkwardly and the upshot was he missed the Bruins game.

Morales has been a huge part of the Beaver aerial attack and success this season, and it is expected he will be good to go by Saturday.


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