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?”