Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion made a return to the football field last Saturday from a torn meniscus he suffered earlier this month against Washington State, but it appears his time as a starter will be short-lived.
Mannion threw four interceptions in an upset loss to Washington, causing coach Mike Riley to pull Mannion in favor of backup Cody Vaz, who filled in for Mannion while recovering from his injury. On Monday, Riley said Vaz, not Mannion, will start against Arizona State this Saturday.
“It’s pretty obvious we think Cody’s playing a little bit better right now and deserves to start,” Riley said.
Vaz started two games for the injured Mannion this month. During his stint, Vaz threw for over 500 yards and three touchdowns.
I practiced the week before and got a ton of film in – there’s no excuse,” Mannion said. “There’s a little bit of disappointment, obviously, but at this point, all I can do is just work hard and try to become a better player.”
Riley has stated that Mannion could have played against Utah a couple of weeks ago — Mannion dressed for the game — and declared him the starter the following week. It’s one thing to be a bit rusty coming back, but Mannion didn’t look quite ready to return.