INCOMING: Mannion, frosh Beavs arrive Sunday

THERE WAS A time when incoming freshmen arrived a day ahead of fall camp and then hit the ground running at a full sprint. That time has since passed at Oregon State. The OSU bridge program gives incoming freshmen a July head start both in the classroom and on the field. QB Sean Mannion has been putting in the hours this summer, in preparation for his Sunday arrival to OSU.

That includes film study.

"They gave me a couple DVDs with some cut ups, so I've been studying those," said Mannion, who was ranked the No. 23 QB prospect in the nation in 2010 class.

Mannion, out of Pleasanton, Calif., said he's focused on learning the routes and terminology of the Beaver offense and feels pretty comfortable headed in, though he was quick to note that there's no substitute for being on the field and running through the plays.

"It's tough to really, truly get into it without physically running the plays. But as far as learning the routes and (terminology), I feel pretty good. I feel like good things are going to happen," said Mannion.

MANNION SAID he also did the 12-week program detailed in the booklet OSU gave him and when that was finished, continued to get in some running and other work as well. He checks in these days at 6-5, 205 pounds.

"We've been talking pretty regularly," said Mannion of OSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf.

MANNION, WHO THREW for 6,934 yards and 62 touchdowns over his career at Foothill High, is poised and comfortable in the pocket, big and features a strong arm -- one of the best in California in the '10 recruiting cycle according to

His QB coach in high school called him "just the whole package," while his head coach compares him favorably to Sean Canfield.

And Mike Riley says Mannion is, simply, "a perfect fit for what we do."

Mannion said hadn't heard if every freshman from the incoming class would be in Corvallis this weekend and taking part in the bridge program, though he was optimistic about it being a full boat. "I think all of them are going, but I'm not completely sure. I think that everyone that can be there, will be there. I'm really looking forward to it," he said.

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