An injury to the player who replaced Mannion, however, could have the former starter back under center this weekend.
Cody Vaz sprained his left ankle in the loss to Stanford over the weekend and was on crutches following the game. Head coach Mike Riley said he’s hopeful Vaz will be available to practice Wednesday, although he refused to address the state of the position for this weekend’s game against Cal.
“I’m not saying that right now,” Riley according to the Oregonian. “I don’t need to say that right now. …
“The situation is pretty obvious, Cody’s hurt. And Sean is champing at the bit, ready to go.”
Vaz has started four of the last five games for the Beavers, with Saturday’s loss to the Cardinal serving as the first with Vaz under center. Mannion returned from a torn meniscus in late October, but was pulled from the loss to Washington in favor of Vaz after throwing four interceptions.