Entering spring practice earlier this year, many an observer viewed Darell Garretson as the favorite to win the starting quarterback job at Oregon State. Exiting the spring, those views have been officially validated.
OSU released its post-spring depth chart Wednesday afternoon, with Garretson’s name sitting atop the quarterback position. While it’s not the be-all, end-all, Garretson put the finishing touches on the spring portion of the competition with a 21-32, 263-yard, three-touchdown, no-interception performance in the recent spring game.
Garretson had been in a competition with sophomore Marcus McMaryion and early-enrollee Mason Moran. McMaryion, who started the regular-season finale last season, is listed as the No. 2 quarterback and Moran No. 3.
The competition is expected to continue on into summer camp, although Garretson will, again, enter as the favorite to start the season opener against Minnesota Sept. 1.
Garretson transferred to OSU from Utah State in July of 2015. NCAA bylaws forced him to sit out all of last season.
After starting seven games as a freshman in 2013, Garretson played in just five games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending wrist injury. It was announced in late March of last year that he was transferring out of USU.