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The Beavers Have Found Their Man Behind Center.

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Seth Collins had a lot better game against San Jose State, then he did at Michigan. Where a great first quarter start for Collins and the Beavers went up in smoke. As Michigan keyed on Collins and he was later taken out late in the third quarter. Against the Spartans, he helped the Beavers bounce back from a half-time deficit and get a win over San Jose State 35-21.

Collins was on point most of the game against a seemly always tough San Jose State Spartans. Going 13 of 25, for 135 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added 114 yards on the ground with 16 carries, for an average of 7.1 yards a carry and two touchdowns. He has showed great promise as a dual threat quarterback in his young career. On the season he is 32 of 59, 306 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. On the ground his numbers are almost more then through the air, 44 attempts, for 294 yards only 12 yards off of his passing yards, to go along with two touchdowns.

Gary Andersen has seemed to settle on Seth Collins as the quarterback for the Beavers. In the first two games of the season he used two quarterbacks often. Andersen in his third game as head coach went with Collins for the whole game. It's just not Andersen who is starting to see him as a leader of the team either, it's the players too. Storm Woods when talking about Collins said, " This young man demands greatness. It's the look in his eyes, the tone of his voice, we're ready to go. Woods added " That's our leader, that's our captain". Coming from a experienced senior like Woods that much be a huge confidence boost for Collins.

Collins is one of only three true freshman to start for a Pac-12 team. The other two are Jake Browning of Washington, and Josh Rosen of UCLA. It is true that both are better passers then Collins, but neither represent the dual threat that Collins does. There seems to be plenty of upside with Collins, along with the fact that Gary Andersen seems to make bad teams contenders in three or four years. With Collins behind center the turnaround to become Pac-12 contenders could be a lot sooner then expected.

The Beavers host #21 Stanford on Friday at 7pm on FS1. It will be another major test for the Beavers early in the season. Hopefully Beavers can show things are starting to turn around for them in Pac-12 play.