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Fifth-year quarterback Ryan Katz will be entering his final season of eligibility at a new school. The last six months have been quite startling for Katz. He has gone from Oregon State's starting quarterback to San Diego State's bench. Although it is presumed he will be the starter at San Diego State, coach Ricky Long has insisted upon an open competition.
Katz's time in Oregon State was disappointing. He only had one season when he took the majority of the team's snaps. This was in 2010 when Katz finished with 2,401 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and a 126.4 QB rating.
Yet despite starting every game in 2010, the leash was apparently short for Katz in 2011. In the season opener, he was pulled after completing 11-of-22 passes and throwing an interception in an upset loss to Sacramento State. Freshman Sean Mannion took over from there and set an Oregon State freshman record by throwing for 3,328 yards.
Katz is now hoping to start for a San Diego State team that finished 8-5 record with an offense that averaged 242.9 passing yards a game. If Katz starts, he should be able to use his athletic skills, which include an ability to keep the play alive.
Katz also brings valuable starting experience, which is something no other quarterback on the Aztecs roster has this season.