As the calendar flips to August, college football’s return is near (MAYBE?). The Pac-12 recently announced a 10-game conference schedule only, with games starting on September 26th. Of course everything is up in the air for all college sports and the NCAA is a terribly run organization providing no guidance or leadership. Regardless, let’s hope for the best and start counting down the most valuable players on the Oregon State football season for the 2020 season, that might be played this fall.
#20 Chance Nolan - Quarterback
Chance Nolan is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback from Saddleback Junior College. There were rumors Chance was interested in the Beavers after Oregon State offered him a scholarship and he announced his commitment to Corvallis despite a plethora of offers from big-time Power 5 schools.
Chance Nolan is the 2nd highest ranked recruit in the 2020 class for the Beavers. He had offers from Utah, UCLA, Oklahoma State and many others. He’s a good athlete and a talented quarterback. While Tristan Gebbia is in the drivers seat to be the starter next season; I don’t think anyone would be shocked if Nolan won the starting job. Although continuity will be key and could make it harder for Nolan to see significant playing time.
In 11 games last season for Saddleback College Chance Nolan threw for 3,315 yards, 38 TDs, 6 INTs with a 65.9% completion percentage. As we almost saw in the Civil War game with the injury to Luton, depth behind Gebbia is extremely limited. It’s obvious that Jonathan Smith and company have wanted to improve the depth in the quarterback room and they did that by bringing in Nolan, Gulbranson and now Sam Vidlak. Chance Nolan probably won’t be a starter and will be a lot less than a bunch of players who didn’t make this list, but the backup QB is always crucial.
414 yards... 2 TDs (1 INTs)... 57% completion rate