Oregon State Football Coach Benches QB

Oregon State Football – Former Oregon State starting quarterback Ryan Katz, his long junior year now behind him, is expected to announce that he will transfer.

“You may hear something as soon as tomorrow on that,” OSU coach Mike Riley said after the Beavers’ 49-21 loss to Oregon on Saturday.

Katz was benched at halftime of the Beavers’ season-opening loss to Sacramento State, appeared briefly in the second week against Wisconsin and did not play after that as redshirt freshman Sean Mannion became entrenched as starter.

His benching caught most observers by surprise, considering he was taking practice reps with the first unit all the way through fall camp. Ultimately, in the week leading up to the Civil War, Katz was not taking reps with the second unit, either — those were handled by sophomore Cody Vaz.

Agnew sits again: Freshman running back Malcolm Agnew finished the season as the Beavers’ leading rusher, with 423 yards but for the second straight week, he did not appear on the field, as OSU went with Terron Ward and Jovan Stevenson, along with Jordan Jenkins on third down.

“Right now, (Ward and Stevenson) are ahead of him, overall,” Riley said. “As far as all the parts of the game — whether it’s running, protecting, catching, all those things put together — they probably were a little bit ahead of him, at this point today.

“But it will be a full-time competition during spring practice.”

Last Beavers standing: The Beavers finished the season with six iron men — just six of the 22 starting spots filled by the same player in all 12 games. Those are Mike Remmers and Colin Kelly on the offensive line, receiver Markus Wheaton, defensive end Scott Crichton and cornerbacks Jordan Poyer and Rashaad Reynolds.

According to OSU, the last time the Beavers had fewer than 10 full-season starters was 1996, when they had eight such players and finished 2-9.