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Oregon State CB on track to play again after PCL injury

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A PCL injury suffered in a loss to Washington last month resulted in a one-game absence for Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer. Fortunately for the Beavers, which have a key road game this Saturday at Stanford, it looks as though they’ll get their best defensive player back.

OSU coach Mike Riley said Tuesday that Poyer is likely to play against the Cardinal.

Poyer was first in the Pac-12 and tied for second nationally with five interceptions before sustaining the injury. His likely availability is both good for Oregon State and bad for Stanford. As expected, David Shaw also announced Tuesday that he would be starting Kevin Hogan at quarterback after a strong performance against Colorado. This will be Hogan’s first career start.

Not making his first start this Saturday, though, will be Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz. Riley added that Vaz will start this weekend even though Sean Mannion is healthy. Mannion had surgery to repair a torn meniscus last month and missed two games, which Vaz filled in for as starter. Mannion came back a couple of weeks ago in the Beavers’ loss to Washington, but didn’t look 100 percent. He was benched to make way for Vaz.

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