Lil’ Bro QB Being Overlooked?

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Kevin Cline

The Oregon Ducks have played some of the best football in the nation, garnering attention from not only the state of Oregon, but also nation wide.  With so much media coverage of the Ducks and Heisman-hopeful Marcus Mariota, people have forgotten that there is another quarterback within the state — and he too, is putting up Heisman-like numbers.

Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is having a career year throwing the ball, with his numbers dwarfing the rest of the Pac-12.  Even after Oregon State’s bye this past weekend, Mannion still holds the top spot in the FBS with 2,018 passing yards.  He has already thrown for 21 touchdowns, while surrendering only two interceptions.

To put that in perspective, the quarterbacks closest to those numbers in the Pac-12 are Taylor Kelly (ASU) and Marcus Mariota, with 14 passing TDs.  Mannion has thrown 238 times this season (104 times more that Mariota) and has completed an impressive 67.2 percent of his passes, ranking him second in the Pac-12.  Mariota, on the other hand, has a mundane passing completion percentage of 56.7.

Mannion’s throwing numbers are in a league of their own.  However, the one thing holding him back is his lack of mobility.  Mannion is a pocket passer and rarely scrambles away from pressure.  This is evident when you see his average rushing yards, which is 5.2.

Mariota is a better quarterback all around this year, however, with a more balanced stat line than his rival in Corvallis.  Even if Mannion has faced a less-than-impressive schedule — it irks me to say this — he deserves some praise, after the numbers he has put up in the first five games of the season for the Beavers.

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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock

  • 20thandoakduck

    Didn’t know you were such a Beaver lover Luc! #RushSigEp

  • Gang Green

    What the HE-double hockey sticks is this exactly? I guess this is what comes from someone who has only liked Duck football for 3 years. Hey Fishduck, what’s next? Articles about how storm woods is better than De’Anthony? Riley has an underrated hairline compared to Helf? Lindsay Schnell is better looking than Erin Andrews? I would rather read a post about Jeff Lockie or Dustin Haines than something touting OSU’s excellence and wondering whether they need more respect or whatever the author is alluding to. Go DUCKS!

  • duxtakebcs2013

    Marriota is fortunate to be at the crux of an offensive juggernaut. Mannion is fighting to keep his team ahead most weeks. The difference is on defense. This year the Ducks are team-centric on both sides of the ball.