RILEY: A one-two punch

ALTHOUGH QUARTERBACK Lyle Moevao just started throwing a few weeks ago, OSU's coaching staff expects the senior to be at full speed midway through fall camp. They also think he'll be healed for the opener versus Portland State Sept. 5. What about Sean Canfield, who looked so sharp this spring and in '08? Mike Riley says he's considered many different scenarios with respect to the starting job.

"Lyle Moevao should be healthy by the first game, and somewhere in camp he will be ready to go (practice full-time)," coach Mike Riley said Thursday at Pac-10 Media Day.

Moevao will start fall camp on a pitch count until his shoulder is 100 percent.  The coaches will evaluate how many passes he will throw each practice on a daily basis.

"He isn't ready today to go through a whole practice taking a normal amount of turns," Riley said.

Just like the last two seasons Riley would ideally like to have both Sean Canfield and Moevao ready to lead the team.

"I am hoping by the time the first game comes around we will have two healthy senior quarterbacks that can both win in our league," Riley said. 

Canfield will start August atop the depth chart and once Moevao is healthy the coaches expect him to push Canfield for playing time.  But Moevao must first get into playing shape before he starts to compete for the starting position.

"I hope that it can truly become a one-two punch however it works out," Riley stated.  "I have thought about a lot of different scenarios in that regard, but none of those matter until he is fully capable of going through a full practice and getting game ready."

The coaches are looking for one of the signal callers to hold a clear advantage.  If that doesn't happen, they are not afraid of playing both quarterbacks.

"Sean will take the first turns because he is healthy, but both will get a lot of reps." offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf told The Portland Tribune.  "We want a starter, but if we have to play both, we'll do it."


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