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Beaver coaches give QB Mannion cap’n status

Sean Mannion took over for Ryan Katz as Oregon State’s starting quarterback early in the 2011 season, which led Katz this offseason to transfer to San Diego State for his last year of eligibility.

It was expected that Mannion would be the Beavers’ starter under center heading into 2012, although Cody Vaz‘s performance throughout spring practice and into the spring game had led some to believe that Mannion’s status as the starter might be in jeopardy. At least as far as leadership goes, though, the OSU coaching staff and/or the team is doing a definite lean toward the incumbent.

Head coach Mike Riley announced Friday its four captains for the 2012 season, and Mannion was one of the select quartet. In its release, the school made sure to note that Mannion is the first sophomore in program history to be named as a team captain.

Mannion started 10 games last season, and the decision to anoint the redshirt sophomore as an official leader is not surprising. The kinda, sorta surprise, though, came in the form of one of the other three captains selected.

In addition to Mannion, cornerback Jordan Poyer, defensive tackle Andrew Seumalo and wide receiver Markus Wheaton were named as captains. Wheaton led OSU in receptions and receiving yardage in 2011, while Seumalo started 11 games.

Poyer started 12 games, intercepted four passes and was named second-team All-Pac-12 following last season... and was arrested and charged with criminal trespass roughly three weeks ago.