In a season full of tough breaks for the Beavers, the road ahead just got a bit rougher.
On Monday, Oregon State starting quarterback Darell Garettson was ruled out for the rest of the 2016 season with a broken ankle, a source reported to John Canzano of KGW News. Garretson sustained the injury in Saturday’s 19-14 loss to Utah.
Source at Oregon State tells me QB Darrel Garretson broke his ankle. Surgery likely today. Beavers waiting on MRI for Conor Blount (knee).— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) October 17, 2016
While Garretson has been an enigmatic figure and sometimes a “poster boy” for the struggles of the Oregon State offense this season, he remained head coach Gary Andersen’s first choice at the quarterback spot some six games into the season. Andersen, who harshly criticized the team’s passing game in his Monday press conference, now has some voids to fill as incumbent back-up Conor Blount, has also been ruled out for this week’s game against Washington with a knee injury.
Oregon State will now have some reshuffling to do as third-string quarterback Marcus McMaryion, who saw time after Garretson and Blount both left the Utah game with injuries, has now been named the starter. McMaryion has played in nine career games for the Beavers (7 in 2015), throwing for 479 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, but has never been given a consistent opportunity during his time in Corvallis.
With McMaryion now in the mix and a daunting schedule ahead, it’ll be interesting to see how Andersen decides to attack the rest of the Pac-12 slate in the second year of his coaching tenure. Obviously, this week’s meeting with #5 Washington, a team in search of a College Football Playoff birth, has suddenly become all that more daunting but will Andersen take this series of unfortunate events and allow himself to develop some young talent going forward for next season? Or will Andersen try to stick it out with the current mix of veterans and role players and see what can be salvaged from this sinking ship?
Oregon State is currently 2-4 on the season with a 1-2 record in Pac-12 North Division. The Beavers will play at #5 Washington this Saturday in Seattle, before returning to Corvallis the following weekend to host a surging Washington State team. Road trips to Stanford and UCLA will kick-off the month of November for Oregon State before they conclude the regular season with home meetings Arizona and Oregon. The Beavers have already matched last season’s overall win total (2-10), while also breaking their Pac-12 conference losing streak with last week’s overtime win over California.