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Free Ryan Katz!

So as it is reported today Sean Mannion is the new starter for the Beavs. While I have no problem with Riley selecting Mannion over Ryan Katz I don't like how Katz is getting treated. He came into the season the incumbent starter and worked through the entire camp as the starter as well, and after one half of football he is pulled and for someone of roughly equal value? Judging from what I've seen in games and in several fall practices I did not see anything to really separate one from the other. Mannion has greater height and his passes will not be deflected at the same rate as Katz (which seems fairly high). Mannion also seems to go through his progression better than Katz, which seems to be the main knock on Katz. Katz has the obvious edge in arm strength and athletic ability. Both have long wind ups, it seems to me that these abilities mostly even out. Now two games into the season Riley has taken Katz out in favor of the essentially even Mannion. This is the not the NFL, this is college football, it is not a business. Katz is a junior and cannot transfer now without using the Masoli/Russell Wilson grad school loophole. This is affecting the future of Katz, it goes beyond just a simple football decision. I really hope that Ryan Katz gets to transfer somewhere else next year, just because he won't be the starter here doesn't mean he cannot do well somewhere else. If RIley truly believes that Mannion is and will be the better quarterback then he should start him, but he needs to grant Katz an unconditional release for next year. That is the best thing that could happen for all parties involved.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or the Building the Dam staff. FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable Oregon State fans.

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