Mannion facing knee surgery
The news comes in the wake of a Beavers win on Saturday, which saw them break the top 10 in the AP Poll.
Mannion apparently injured his knee on a hand off in their Saturday win over Washington State. The sophomore showed no signs of injury during the game, playing a complete four quarters and walking into the locker room on his own.
No one seems to know the extent of the injury, or how long Mannion will be out. Coach Mike Riley didn’t reveal much at his press conference, and Mannion did not meet with the media after today’s practice.
The news has sent waves of disappointment through Beaver Nation. OSU’s 4-0 start is their best in years, and Mannion had a legitimate shot at chasing many of Derek Anderson’s team passing records.
Mannion will be replaced by junior Cody Vaz, who has faced limited playing time in his time at Oregon State. While Vaz is not as talented as Mannion, he will be supported by OSU’s dynamic wide receivers, Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks.
This Saturday, the Beavers will square off against a BYU team that is fifth in the nation in total defense, and first against the run.
That doesn’t bode well for the Beavs, who are now without their best offensive weapon on the road.
While the Beavers have a chance to get past their next two games with wins, they then face their toughest stretch of the season—which includes road games against Washington and Stanford, and concludes with the Civil War game against Oregon.