Darell Garretson

Darell Garretson to miss rest of the season with injured ankle

Darell Garretson to miss rest of the season with injured ankle

Oregon State junior quarterback Darell Garretson will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his left ankle in the Beavers’ loss to Utah, the school confirmed Monday.

In his weekly press conference head coach Gary Andersen wasted no time updating the media on the status of his starting quarterback.

“We never say anything about injuries. The only time I ever respond to any injury is if someone is out for the season, and that’s the case with Darell.”

Garretson suffered the injury in the fourth quarter against the Utes, coming up lame on a second and goal play. He tried to limp to the sideline, but crumpled to the ground and had to be helped off by the training staff.

Garretson's replacement that game, freshman Conor Blount, also sustained a leg injury, leaving third string quarterback Marcus McMaryion at the helm as the Beavers head to Seattle to take on No.5 Washington.

The loss under center hurts, as Garretson is the teams most experienced signal caller, however, the transfer from Utah State has struggled all season long to get the Beavers’ passing game off the ground. In six games Garretson has completed 50% of his passes for just 617 yards and four touchdowns. Compare that to his last season, his sophomore year at Utah State in 2014, and in six games he had 1140 yards and eight touchdowns, while completing 67.4% of his passes.

Still, the despite the backwards trend in his passing stats, the injury is a giant blow to the Beavers when it comes to leadership in the huddle.

Now the Beavers will turn to sophomore Marcus McMaryion, whom many said was in contention to win the starting job this spring, to take control of the offense.

McMaryion has a firm grasp of the offense, but has struggled in practice, being passed by Blount on the depth chart earlier this fall. If McMaryion struggles, or is unfortunately injured, the only other healthy quarterback on the roster for the Beavers is freshman Mason Moran.

With the lack of experience between McMaryion and Moran, one has to wonder if the Beavers could turn to former starting quarterback, and current star receiver, Seth Collins to take snaps?

In 2015 Collins completed 51.9% of his passes for 935 yards and six touchdowns, adding 575 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. He is the Beavers most explosive offensive weapon, but putting him at quarterback could be a big blow to the receiving corp.

The options are few, but the decisions are many for Andersen. Who plays and how much remains to be seen, but it is obvious Andersen is only focused on trying to win the next ball game, no matter who suits up, and get his starting quarterback healthy.

“Plan for this team is to win at least four of the next six ball games, maybe he’ll (Garretson) come back and play in another one after that. Who knows?”

Darell Garretson leaves game vs Utah with leg injury

Darell Garretson leaves game vs Utah with leg injury

The Beavers comeback took a blow with 8:33 remaining in the game when junior quarterback Darell Garretson left the game with an apparent left leg injury.

Garretson tried to hobble of the field after a second and goal play, but couldn’t make it, falling to the turf as he grabbed his left leg.

It was unclear to me if it was a contact or non-contact injury.

Trainers came out and eventually had to help Garretson off the field, while he put zero weight on the injured leg.

He was re-evaluated on the sideline before being carted off to the locker. We will update you with any new information as we get it.

UPDATE: Garretson was seen on crutches with a walking boot on his left foot prior to the end of the game. An OSU spokesman confirmed it was a left ankle injury, but would not elaborate. Garretson's status for next weekend's game against the Huskies is still unknown. 

Beavers lose a game they seemingly could have won

Beavers lose a game they seemingly could have won

In a season when Oregon State doesn't figure to have a shot at very many wins, the Beavers gave away a chance at a season-opening upset Thursday night at Minnesota, losing 30-23 to the Golden Gophers.

The Beavers outgained the Gophers and had only three penalties in the game, The home team was tagged with three targeting penalties, meanwhile, meaning not only the loss of yards but the loss of three players who were ejected for the infractions.

Oregon State allowed two first-half blindside sacks to quarterback Darell Garretson, who fumbled both times -- leading to Minnesota touchdowns each time. For a good part of the game, the Beavers appeared to be the better team but did not execute well down the stretch and had problems throwing the ball deep.

The Beavers had a lot of success with screen passes but missed a couple of open receivers down the middle of the field and just couldn't make a big play in the passing game unless it was a screen.

OSU scored with two and a half minutes to play in the third quarter to take a 22-17 lead but didn't seem to even consider going for two after that TD.

Yes, I know the third quarter is often a little early to go for two but not in a game like this. It was growing evident with possession that the Beavers were going to have trouble scoring again without another big turnover by the Gophers. And, in fact, they couldn't get on the board again. I think getting two points and a seven-point lead might have changed the complexion of the game.

But in the end, it may not have mattered because the Beavers appeared to tire on both offense and defense. Over the final seven minutes of the game, OSU seemed spent.

And that was too bad. The Beavers came in as 13-point underdogs and a win could have had a big impact on a program trying to rebuild. But learning how to win games can be difficult.

Very difficult on this night.

Oregon State is going to ambush Minnesota Thursday night

Oregon State is going to ambush Minnesota Thursday night

It's very difficult to predict the outcome of season-opening games in football. So much happens in the off-season, when changes are made to the coaching staff that often leads to changes in the style of play, new players are added and players mature.

Things change.

That's part of the reason, I suppose, that I feel strongly that Oregon State is going to come out of Thursday night's opener at Minnesota with a victory, in spite of the fact that just about all the oddsmakers have them as 13-point underdogs.

The Beavers have new coordinators on both sides of the ball, a lot of new players and a new quarterback. How in the world can anybody know exactly what to expect from this Oregon State team? But there's one thing OSU must do: protect the new quarterback.

Darell Garretson had 11 career starts at quarterback for Utah State and the Beavers believe he's just the right guy to operate their offense. I hope that's true but they better take good care of him. Quarterbacks have never been more important than they are in today's football and in this case, with no proven depth at the position, the Beavers must treat Garretson like a precious commodity.

The last time I saw the Beavers I liked what I saw. They battled Oregon in the Civil War behind 174 yards on 19 carries from Ryan Nall. I liked Nall from the moment I saw him at Central Catholic -- he's a battering ram with stamina. I'm just happy he found his way to the running back position after thoughts about linebacker, tight end and H-back.

I'm saying right now OSU will be ready for opening night. Gary Andersen knows what he's doing. This isn't going to be a great season for the Beavers -- their schedule is too difficult. But I think they've got that thing in Corvallis headed in the right direction.

And that direction is to protect Garretson, get Nall a lot of carries, spread the ball out to an impressive group of receivers and play defense with ferocity. And oh yes, they aren't playing Michigan, they're playing Minnesota.