The college football season is just over one month away! With the off-season quickly coming to an end, Building the Dam is unveiling their top 30 most valuable football players for the 2018 season. We’ll countdown by previewing one player at a time until it’s almost time for some Beaver football.
#23: Conor Blount - Quarterback
Oregon State’s quarterback situation is still a mess. With Darell Garretson and Marcus McMaryion gone, the door is open for the other signal callers to fight for the starting position. Jake Luton is almost sure to be the starter when the season begins, but if he struggles early, Blount is very likely to get the nod.
Blount was originally planning to join Gary Anderson’s team at Wisconsin, but when Anderson took the OSU job, Blount’s plans changed. He came to Corvallis as a walk on, but earned a backup spot on the roster, and saw his first game time during his freshman season. After Garretson went down with an injury against Boise State, Blount got the nod, and went 11-18 for 138 yards passing.
Blount saw a bit more play in 2016, but was sidelined with a knee injury against Utah. He then sat out 2017 with a redshirt year. There was some speculation that Blount might leave the program after Anderson’s departure, but he showed up in spring ready to compete. He threw three touchdowns during the spring game, and looked calm and collected running a pro style offense.
It’s tough to say what role Blount (rhymes with count) will have in the 2018 season, but with Luton on his last year of eligibility, and questions about the rest of the QB unit, there’s a good chance that Blount will have a big role in OSU’s future.
The countdown continues tomorrow with #22!