If before the season you sat down and put together a list of quarterbacks who you thought might end up leading the nation in passing, odds are that Oregon State’s Sean Mannion wouldn’t have been a name that popped immediately into your head.
Better start getting used to the possibility.
The junior is on a tear to start the season for the Beavers. On Saturday, he threw for 414 yards and a school-record six touchdowns in a 44-17 win over Colorado.
After five games, he has an eye-popping 2,018 yards, 21 touchdown passes and 2 picks. That puts him on pace to have 4,843 yards, 50 touchdown passes and five interceptions by the time the regular season is over. Naturally, those numbers would set all kinds of Pac-12 marks.
More importantly, the Beavers are starting to play well as a result of Mannion’s production. An Oregon State team that fell to Eastern Washington in the opener is suddenly on a four-game win-streak and has a good shot to be 6-1 headed into a late-October battle with Stanford in Corvallis.
If Mannion stays hot and helps OSU upend the Cardinal, the Pac-12 could have another Heisman candidate on its hands.