The Oregon State Beavers will be without Sean Mannion after he suffered an injury to his meniscus on Saturday.
On Tuesday, it was discovered that while the injury requires surgery, Mannion won't miss the entire year. However, as Andy Wooldridge over at Building the Dam points out, it's not entirely clear when he'll be on the field again.
Best case projections based on others who have had meniscus clean-up procedures similar to what is believed to be needed here could have Mannion back in four weeks or so, but that's speculative, and what doctors find inside Mannion's knee could vary.
Wooldridge goes on to say that Mannion's replacement is somewhat an unknown quantity:
Red-shirt junior Cody Vaz takes over as Oregon St.'s signal caller. Vaz has not appeared in a game this season or last, and saw only minimal action on 2010, when he completed 6 of 17 passes, for 48 yards, in 5 games, but has been on the active roster every game in all three seasons.
Through four games, Mannion has thrown for seven touchdowns and 1,358 yards.
The news came just as the Beavers crossed into the top ten of the AP Poll. Mannion led Oregon State to a 4-0 record to start the season, completing 63% of his passes for 1,358 yards and seven touchdowns. He finished last week's game against Washington State with the injury, but underwent surgery shortly thereafter.
Mike Riley and Oregon State will turn to junior Cody Vaz, who has thrown 17 passes in his college career, as the Beavers travel to take on one of the nation's best defenses in BYU.
The left knee injury suffered by Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion on Saturday against the Washington Huskies has generated plenty of buzz around the Pac-12. The injury was at first not believed to be serious, but when an MRI showed damage, it was determined that Mannion would require surgery.
The folks over at Addicted to Quack put their loyalty to the Oregon Ducks aside and tweeted out genuine concern for Mannion. As they mentioned via social media, it will be interesting to see what redshirt junior Cody Vaz can do under center as he takes over.
SB Nation's Pac-12 blog, Pacific Takes, also weighed in on Twitter: "Yeah, this is not the week Oregon State wants to lose Sean Mannion."
It's a devastating blow to a Beavers team that had plenty of momentum after a 19-6 win over Washington. They are 4-0 and lead the Pac-12 Conference in the standings. They will next face BYU on Oct. 13 on the road.
Oregon State will be without starting quarterback Sean Mannion for an unknown period of time, Mike Riley announced Monday. Mannion is currently ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 in yards per game and yards per attempt in his second year as starter, and he's been a huge reason why the Beavers are unbeaten and ranked No. 10 with two wins over ranked teams, two road wins and three conference victories.
He's likely backed by junior Cody Vaz, who hasn't played in a game since 2010, when he was Ryan Katz' backup. Mannion overtook Katz for the top job in 2011, and then Katz left for San Diego State, but Vaz remains. He has 17 career attempts, most of which came on the road at No. 4 Stanford, so it's impossible to judge him by his stats.
A three-star recruit out of Stockton, California, Vaz impressed in fall camp, going 12 of 13 for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the last scrimmage. From Building the Dam's report:
Many Beaver fans are nervously recalling last season's late camp/early season switch from Ryan Katz, who is now the starting quarterback for San DIego St., and Mannion, but it seems unlikely Riley will repeat that exercise. However, should it become necessary to replace Mannion for a non-performance reason (injury, non-football event, etc.), Oregon St. should not be out of luck with Vaz at the controls.