10/28/2013 - Stat of the Day, Take III: Oregon State's Sean Mannion came into the game against visiting Stanford averaging 427 passing yards per game. The Cardinal held him to 271 in a 20-12 win. Brandin Cooks, the nation's leading receiver, didn't have a reception for longer than 14 yards all night. The Beavers, who led the country in pass plays of 20 yards or more by a wide margin, did not have a single pass play longer than 20 yards Saturday night. Example No. 29 of why Derek Mason is one of the best defensive coaches in the game. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/28/2013 - Oregon State's Sean Mannion fails to deliver...Cooks, who entered Saturday night's showdown leading the country with an average of 168 receiving yards a game, could play a critical role in any decision Mannion makes after this season. Mannion wouldn't be the first quarterback to leave school early with his top pass-catcher exhausting his eligibility. Ironically enough, it was the inability of Mannion and Cook to hook up consistently in this contest that played a critical role in Stanford's smothering 20-12 victory.
While Mannion's statistics were solid (41/57 for 271 yards and a touchdown), his average yards per completion - 6.6 - says it all. Virtually all of Mannion's attempts in this contest were short to intermediate throws, raising the one significant concern scouts had about his projection to the NFL entering this game - arm strength.
Mannion showed some zip when he needed to on slants, crossers and dig routes but did not challenge Stanford deep in this contest. The longest attempts of Mannion's night were frustrated deep throws in the closing minutes that were as much designed at drawing a penalty flag as be completed. To be fair, with Trent Murphy, Josh Mauro and Ben Gardner largely controlling the line of scrimmage for Stanford, it is worth noting that Mannion didn't have much time to attack down the field. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/28/2013 - Oregon State's Sean Mannion fails to deliver...The Cardinal defensive front sacked him eight times and hit him much more often than that. Frankly, his willingness to take what the defense gave him will be seen as some as an example of the 26-game starter's poise and understanding of the offense. In previous games this season, however, in which he's peppered defenses deep with Cooks and the rest of Oregon State's talented pass catchers, Mannion has relied more on touch than velocity.
Talent evaluators had seen this type of production from Oregon State quarterbacks in the past. Oregon State's Mike Riley, who served as head coach of the San Diego Chargers from 1999-2001, is one of the more respected teachers in college football. In his offense, Sean Canfield looked like a potential star, as well, only to have his marginal arm strength get exposed at the Senior Bowl. In a close game at home against No. 6 Stanford, however, Mannion never took the shots downfield needed to keep up with Hogan and the Cardinal. And by doing so, failed to answer the most important question scouts have about his potential future in the NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/28/2013 - Oregon State's Sean Mannion fails to deliver...Much has been made of the Pac-12's underclassmen quarterbacks with many talent evaluators (including this one) focusing their attention on a trio of redshirt sophomores -- Oregon's Marcus Mariota, UCLA's Brett Hundley and Stanford's Kevin Hogan. Meanwhile, Oregon State junior Sean Mannion quietly was putting up better passing numbers than any of them, leading the country with 2,992 passing yards and 29 touchdowns against just three interceptions. None of that production, however, came against a defense as stout as Stanford's, which made Saturday night's tilt in Corvalis a must-see for scouts.
At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Mannion possesses the prototypical frame scouts are looking for at the quarterback position. He possesses an efficient, over-the-top delivery and anticipates very well, releasing passes before his receivers make their final breaks. Mannion's awareness and next level accuracy led to some of his more impressive throws against Stanford, including a perfect quick out to wideout Kevin Cummings to convert a 4th down early in the second quarter and a more challenging deep out to star Brandin Cooks in the third. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/17/2013 - There's some unexpected alliteration among the top quarterbacks in the nation: Heisman hopefuls Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota have been joined by Oregon State's Sean Mannion. The 6-foot-5 junior has thrown for 2,511 total yards with 25 touchdowns and he's had just three interceptions. He's averaging an eye-popping 418.5 yards passing a game to lead all FBS quarterbacks, and he's also the leader in total offense with an average of 406.3 yards a game. "I think he's a grounded guy that doesn't lose sight of why this is happening," Beavers coach Mike Riley said. "It's not an accident. He's well prepared, he's got experience and he's got the talent. He understands that preparation is the key."
For comparison's sake, Manziel has 1,835 yards passing with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions for No. 7 Texas A&M, but he's also run for 438 yards and five scores, and repeatedly shown that he can take over games - with last Saturday's 41-38 come-from-behind victory over Mississippi a case in point. Mariota has thrown for 1,724 yards and 17 touchdowns for the second-ranked Ducks, and he has yet to throw an interception. The unflappable sophomore is also capable on his feet, with eight rushing touchdowns. As with Manziel, Mariota benefits from a higher national profile than Mannion. Other quarterbacks in the national conversation include Clemson's Tajh Boyd, UCLA's Brett Hundley, Florida State's Jameis Winston and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. - AP Sports
10/15/2013 - What's up with QBs whose last names start with "M" this season? The SEC is stacked with them: Manziel, McCarron, Mettenberger, Murray. The Pac-12 has two more surging into the Heisman picture: Marcus Mariota and Sean Mannion. The latter tends to get lost in all of the talk about Mariota but the 6-5, 220-pounder is putting up such gaudy stats you have to keep an eye on him. The Beavers' season started off with such a clunker, losing to FCS Eastern Washington -- although it's hard to blame Mannion for that. He was 37 of 43 for 422 yards. On the season, he has a 25-3 TD-INT ratio and the fewest passing yards he's had in OSU's six games is 367.
Mannion's improvement in decision-making from last season has been impressive. Coming into this season he had a 31-31 career TD-INT mark. He did have one really bad Red Zone INT on Saturday night at Washington State but overall he was excellent, carving up an average defense. Does Mannion have a legit shot to make a Heisman run? We'll see in the final five weeks -- when they face Stanford, USC, ASU, Washington and then visit Oregon. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/01/2013 - WEEK 5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Sean Mannion, Oregon State, passed for 414 yards and a school-record six TDs to lead the Beavers to a 44-17 victory over Colorado. - AP Sports
09/30/2013 - WEEK 5 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oregon State Quarterback Sean Mannion, a junior from Pleasanton, Calif., set a school record with six touchdown passes in a single game in the Beavers' 44-17 victory over Colorado at Reser Stadium. Mannion completed 27 of 52 passes for 414 yards and one interception as the Beavers move to 2-0 in Conference play and 3-1 overall. He now has 21 touchdowns on the year and 52 in his career, good for third-most in program history. Mannion leads the nation in passing yards per game (403.6 ypg) and total offense (390.2 ypg).
He is also on pace to throw 50 touchdown passes this season, which would rank fourth in the NCAA record book. The honor is the second for Mannion in three weeks and marks the first Pac-12 multi-award winner in 2013. Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs/tailbacks Marion Grice of Arizona State, Byron Marshall of Oregon, Justin Davis of USC and Bishop Sankey of WASHINGTON; and wide receiver Devon Cajuste of STANFORD. - Pac-12 Football
09/28/2013 - Sean Mannion passed for 414 yards and a school-record six touchdowns and Oregon State won its fourth consecutive game Saturday with a 44-17 victory over Colorado. Brandin Cooks caught nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12), and had five carries for 47 yards. Mannion battled gusty wind conditions to complete 27 of 52 passes. Caleb Smith also caught two touchdowns passes for the Beavers, who never trailed.
Colorado (2-1, 0-1) played its first game in three weeks. Flooding postponed the Buffaloes' Sept. 14 game against Fresno State, in addition to a bye week. The Buffaloes' offense was out of sync for most of the game. Quarterback Connor Wood connected on just 14 of 34 passes for 146 yards. Paul Richardson, who came into game as the country's leading receiver averaging 208.5 yards per game, was held to five receptions for 70 yards. - AP Sports
09/21/2013 - Sean Mannion threw three touchdowns and Oregon State scored three times in the fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat San Diego State 34-30 on Saturday night. After Mannion hit Terron Ward for a 10-yard score to pull Oregon State within 30-28, cornerback Steven Nelson intercepted Quinn Kaehler's pass and returned it 16 yards to give the Beavers the lead with 2:38 remaining in the game.
Kaehler, who was making his first career start, was intercepted again on the next possession by Ryan Murphy to seal the win for the Beavers. It's their second win in five games against the Aztecs. Mannion completed 38 of 55 attempts for 367 yards, and the Oregon State rushing game was held to just 2 yards. Ward ran 10 times for 25 yards, but Mannion lost 23 yards on four attempts. Kaehler completed 16 of 24 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - WEEK 3 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oregon State QB Sean Mannion, a junior from Pleasanton, Calif., completed 27 of 44 passes for a career-high 443 yards in a 51-48 overtime win over Utah. His five touchdown passes tied a school record while his yard total is the fourth most in team history and the highest total for a Beaver since 2003. Mannion currently co-leads the nation in touchdown passes (12) and ranks second in the country in total yards (1,237) and total offense per game (404 ypg).
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks B.J. Denker of ARIZONA, Jared Goff of CALIFORNIA, Marcus Mariota of OREGON, Brett Hundley of UCLA, Cody Kessler of USC, Travis Wilson of UTAH and Connor Halliday of WASHINGTON STATE; and running backs Marion Grice of Arizona State, Tyler Gaffney of STANFORD and Bishop Sankey of WASHINGTON. - Pac-12 football
09/15/2013 - Sean Mannion saved his best plays for the moments when Oregon State faced the most pressure. Mannion converted two crucial fourth downs in the fourth quarter and then threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks in overtime to push the Beavers past Utah 51-48 Saturday night. Mannion completed 27 of 44 passes for 443 yards and five touchdowns in a back-and-forth thriller. Cooks had nine receptions for 210 yards and three scores as the Beavers (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) overcame the loss of Storm Woods to a frightening neck injury and opened conference play with a road win.
The weary OSU defense, which gave up 539 yards, rallied in overtime and forced a 41-yard field goal by Andy Phillips on Utah's possession. Travis Wilson passed for 279 yards and ran for 142 and three touchdowns while rallying the Utes (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) from 13 points down to tie the score at 45-45 on a 9-yard run with 21 seconds to play. - AP Sports
09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Sean Mannion, Oregon State, threw for 372 yards and four TDs and the Beavers rebounded from a stunning loss in their season opener with a 33-14 victory over Hawaii. - AP Sports
09/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Sean Mannion, until OSU finds out if it has a running game it can count on, needs to continue to be on target, especially with the suspect OSU defense. His numbers were good in the opener, but isn't the bottom line for a quarterback the results of a game? OSU needs to win games, or the question will arise whether Cody Vaz should get another shot at quarterback after his, and OSU's success, last season when Mannion was injured. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - One of the more interesting decisions in the off-season was OSU players casting their votes for Sean Mannion to be one of their captains. That's a repeat duty for him as he was voted a captain prior to his sophomore season, but at that time, he was the definite starter. He goes into this season in a competition with senior Cody Vaz, who started five games including the Alamo Bowl in 2012 after Mannion was injured. Was the vote by the players a nod in the direction of which quarterback they favor? Or simply recognition that Mannion is a returning captain and did well in that role last year? - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - Oregon State head coach Mike Riley announced on Monday that Sean Mannion will be the Beavers starting quarterback in the season opener against Eastern Washington. Mannion won a lengthy competition with Cody Vaz for the starting job. Mannion and Vaz both started games last season. Mannion began 2012 as the starter, but when he was out with an injury, Vaz took his place and performed well, winning both games before Mannion returned.
When Mannion struggled in his first game back in a loss to Washington, he was replaced by Vaz as the starter against Arizona State. Vaz also started the next game against Stanford before an ankle injury in that game forced him out of that game. Vaz was the starter in the Beavers' starter in their 31-27 loss to Texas in the Alamo Bowl. Riley did not say whether both quarterbacks might play in the opener. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - Are two quarterbacks too many?...Oregon State won games last season with both Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz as the No. 1 quarterback, so which one draws the starting job this season? That decision, along with finding playmakers to replace receiver Markus Wheaton and cornerback/kick returner Jordan Poyer, figures to determine the fate of the Beavers, who reversed field to go from 3-9 in 2011 to a 9-4 record last season, ending with an Alamo Bowl loss to Texas. The Beavers seem set in so many ways, but can a team ever be comfortable with a battle for playing time at quarterback? Mannion was the unquestioned starter last season, until an injury created an opening for Vaz, who responded with a strong performance himself until an injury for him put Mannion back as No. 1.
Statistically, Vaz had the better passer efficiency rating (142.5 to Mannion's 138.8). Mannion started eight of the 13 games and completed 65 percent of his passes, but had a troubling 13 interceptions while throwing for 15 touchdowns. Vaz completed 59 percent of his passes, and had only three interceptions while throwing for 11 touchdowns. "We know they both can play and we know they both have high character, great leadership," OSU coach Mike Riley said. "We know they both can win." Riley said the decision will come down to consistency, and which player has improved the most from last season. So which will be chosen to start the opener on Aug. 31 against Eastern Washington? "That's going to be hard," Riley said. "It's not an easy deal, but it's still a good thing." - The Sports Xchange
08/26/2013 - Oregon State coach Mike Riley has named Sean Mannion the starting quarterback for the No. 25 Beavers ahead of their season opener Saturday against Eastern Washington. The announcement Monday was the culmination of the fall camp competition between Mannion and Cody Vaz, who both played at quarterback last season. Both players shared first-team reps for the past several weeks. Mannion started Oregon State's first four games last season but injured his left knee and required arthroscopic surgery. Vaz stepped in and won the next two games, giving the Beavers their best start since they also went 6-0 in 1907. Oregon State finished a better-than-expected 9-4 and earned a trip to the Alamo Bowl, where it lost to Texas 31-27. ''Sean's attributes are obviously his ability to get the ball just about wherever you want on the field,'' Riley told reporters gathered after practice on Monday. ''Along with his knowledge about where we're going and what he should do with the ball.''
Mannion threw for 2,446 yards and 15 touchdowns with eight starts in 10 appearances, while Vaz, hampered late in the season by a left ankle injury, threw for 1,480 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven games with five starts. Riley said he did not know yet whether both quarterbacks would play in the opener. He said Vaz took the news well. ''That's never fun. I was really proud of his response,'' Riley said. ''I know he'll be ready when called upon.'' - AP Sports
08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Sean Mannion, Oregon State,...Prototypical quarterback for a Mike Riley offense ... a legitimate postseason honors candidate who enters spring practice competing for the starting position with Cody Vaz ... named to the preseason Manning Award Watch List ... in 18 career starts, he already ranks fifth in OSU history with 5,774 passing yards and 31 passing touchdowns ... tied for third in OSU history with three 350-yard passing games ... 18 career starts. - Oregon State football
08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Sean Mannion Jr. OREGON STATE 62.5,...Started eight games in 2012 ... injured left knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery, against Washington State on a handoff and missed two games (BYU and Utah) ... tied a school-record with four touchdown passes in one half (first half) against California ... named Pac-12 Player of the Week following win at Arizona - 29-for-45 for 433 yards and three TDs. - Oregon State football