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Primary Quarterbacks: Sean Mannion, Brent VanderVeen
That the Pac-12 single-season passing record was set in 2013 should come as no surprise. The ironic twist, however, is that it was Oregon State's Sean Mannion setting the 4,662-yard mark operating out of a pro-style offense and not one of the quarterbacks slinging in an air-raid set.
If new offensive coordinator John Garrett has his way, Mannion's yard total will drop in 2014—but not for lack of performance on Mannion's part. Oregon State struggled to establish a consistent—or at times, even existent run game. The imbalance allowed defenses to put more pressure on Mannion, and his production dipped as a result.
All three of his games with under 300 yards came in the season's second half, and he threw 10 of his 15 interceptions in a three-game stretch in the final month of the regular season.
An improved running game should benefit Mannion as should another spring season of maturation.
Oregon State head coach Mike Riley told The Portland Tribune he expects Mannion to make strides in the coming year.
He can make big improvement in his knowledge of what you do as a quarterback compared to what defenses are doing to stop you. I call it 'quick decision-making.' Sean made a big jump last year; he can make another jump next year.