27.Jul.2014 Backup QB Situation
Rivals.com lists this as the Beaver’s depth chart:
1. Sean Mannion SR
2a. Luke Del Rio RFR
2b. Brent VanderVeen RSO
4. Kyle Kempt RFR
4. Marcus McMaryion FR
4. Nick Mitchell FR
I don’t see how you can have 3 players as your fourth string QB, but nonetheless that’s how they list it. Kempt should clearly be 4th string. The only interesting debate is who the backup should be.
Del Rio has big upside, a big arm, and intelligence. VanderVeen has a big arm and some mobility (think Jake Plummer rather than Dennis Dixon). He was also offered scholarship by Oklahoma State (always have great college QBs) and Arkansas. If he can play in those conferences, he should be able to play for OSU.
I’m curious to hear who you guys like as the backup. My pick is Del Rio, but not for clear reasons–I just feel he’ll pickup the playbook better and execute given his pedigree. VanderVeen is intriguing and a guy I saw play in-person right up the road, but I’m not sure he’ll put it all together at this level. It’s not a bad problem to have as both seem at worst serviceable. If Mannion goes down maybe Riley should play Del Rio and then mix in VanderVeen on 3rd downs to add the running dimension. Odds of Riley getting creative?
One more note: I expect Mannion’s numbers to go down this year. I realize he’s a senior and that usually bodes well, but Cooks was a huge reason for Mannion’s success, not the other way around. Unless a WR like Jarmon steps up in camp, I don’t see him doing as well.