CORVALLIS -- I watched every spring practice, all 15 of 'em, and Sean Canfield was electric this spring. But the Beavs were also without their vocal leader, Lyle Moevao, for the duration of the session following his shoulder surgery. And what of the performances of the young guns waiting in the wings?

Sean Canfield had a stellar spring, though it culminated in a less than impressive spring game. Canfield capped off an impressive month completing 20 of 32 passes on the final day, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions.

If the Lyle Moevao /Canfield debate were to be decided over the lefty's performance during the spring game, it would seem clear to leave the door open for Moevao to regain his incumbent starting QB position.

But while that may or not be the case, Canfield was electric throughout the spring. His favorite target was junior wideout Darrell Catchings on multiple occasions each practice, and a clear chemistry was evident.

INDEED, THERE WERE numerous play action deep balls where Catchings simply outran the secondary and Canfield dropped the ball on target into the receiver. Canfield showed tremendous poise in the pocket and a cannon, although he was untouchable during practices and the pass rush would have taken him down on several occasions.

The native of Carlsbad, California certainly has the tools to be a big time quarterback: good size, tremendous arm. But the biggest knock against him in the past has been his questionable decision making skills.

There were multiple times this spring where he faced solid pass coverage by the secondary and yet attempted to force the issue, throwing into traffic, which either resulted in an interception, or a batted ball that nearly resulted in a pick.

Now, some of those may well have been by edict, where the coaches directed him to throw to that spot regardless of coverage -- coaches sometimes do that during spring ball and practice because they're trying to iron out the kinks.

Still, during the spring game, Canfield threw one such pass that was intended for senior wideout Damola Adeniji. The pass went into triple coverage, with Keaton Kristick and Tim Clark tightly bunched. James Dockery came out with the interception, which was Canfield's third of the game. On that play at least, Canfield's questionable decision-making was reminiscent of Matt More early on in his OSU career, something that flummoxed Beaver fans to no end.

In the end, however, the good far outweighed the bad when it comes to rating Canfield's performance. And his deep ball was a thing of beauty.

AS FOR THE future of the squad, Beaver Nation was treated to a glimpse of what may be in the forms of Ryan Katz and Peter Lalich.

Katz, a redshirt freshman out of Santa Monica, California took snaps with the second string offense for the majority of the spring, and showed good accuracy and had plenty of zip that he put behind virtually every one of his passes.

Katz split his time with the second sting along with sophomore Justin Engstrom, who was less impressive with a lack of mobility, questionable arm strength and a surprising lack of enthusiasm at the line of scrimmage. The Scappoose, Oregon native was also the quietest field general making the pre-snap calls throughout the spring practices. For comparison sake, the calls at the line made by Canfield consistently rang out through the stadium. Engstrom's calls, however, required straining to hear more times than not.

Lalich took very few snaps throughout the spring. He was, however, rather impressive during the spring game, completing 10 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. A junior who transferred to OSU mid-fall from Virginia, he appeared at ease in the flow of the Beaver offense. Lalich showed good timing with the wideouts that day, as well as a decent arm and good accuracy.

Lalich was dismissed from the UVA football team in September after violating terms of a drinking-related probation and a recent article by the Portland Tribune says the OSU coaches had been earlier disappointed with his attitude, tardiness and academic indifference.

Without going too far overboard, Lalich showed promise during the spring game and with a second chance at D-IA football and a young offense surrounding him, hopefully that will be enough incentive for him to keep his head straight and to continue to develop.

The youngest quarterback participating in Spring practices was freshman Zach Anderson, who was the 2007 Cow-Pa Player of the Year as a senior at Yamhill-Carlton high school. Anderson, a walk-on in the 2008 season worked out with the other quarterbacks, but did not participate in scrimmages or the spring game. He is expected to enter fall camp as the fourth or fifth string quarterback.

ONE THING IS clear regarding the quarterback position at Oregon State -- Canfield or Moevao will get the nod at the end of fall camp, it is just a question of which one.

Riley has indicated that the battle will go into fall camp provided Moevao remains on his rehab schedule and is ready to go full tilt by August.

And Moevao would seem to certainly have his chances to shine after he comes back, but with Canfield rolling through the spring with Darrell Catchings at his side, it will be hard to keep the lefty off his back.

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