03.Jan.2014 Riley’s Refusal to Play Backups
Could hurt OSU again if Mannion goes pro.
Brent Vanaderveen should get the mopup time, rather than Cody Vaz.
Vaz will be gone in a few months. Vanderveen, we are told, is the future QB. Mannion might leave early. So what is the logic in putting Vaz in blowouts? He has experience already, so they don’t need to groom a backup, they need to groom a future starter. Now that the schedule becomes difficult, the opportunity to get Vanderveen time has passed. Riley overlooking another (logical) opportunity. Watch how this hurts down the line.
People go nuts in the comment section: http://angrybeavs.com/football/9537
Riley could have played him the very next week versus Cal, or versus Washington (early season opportunities vs Hawaii, WSU, or Colorado).
For those who argued Vaz had to be the backup to stay engaged. Well, I have news for you, folks: Vaz never played in those games or became engaged, and now he is gone, and Vanderveen has zero snaps. How do you like that foresight? How do you like them apples?