Luke Del Rio‘s mildly surprising decision to transfer this past week leaves Oregon State without a player on its roster who’s attempted a pass at the collegiate level. That dynamic, though, could change on down the road.
Citing sources close to the player’s family, Carter Williams of the Deseret News reported that former Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson, who announced late last month that he’s transferring from USU, is eyeing a transfer to Oregon State. Part of the draw for Garretson to the Beavers is that his former Aggies offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Kevin McGivens, is now the quarterbacks coach at OSU.
It should be noted that Garretson subsequently told The Oregonian that he’s had no contact with the Beavers, but at the same time acknowledged that he’d certainly be amenable to such a marriage — or just about any other nuptials for that matter.
“I’d be open to them just like I’d be open to anyone who contacts me,” Garretson said late this past week. “I don’t really have a place to play right now, so I’m just looking for the right fit.”
Garretson, if he were to land at OSU or any other FBS program, would be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He would then have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.
The addition of Garretson to the roster would lend immediate experience to the Beavers’ quarterback room as he started seven games as a freshman in 2013. He played in just five games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending wrist injury.
With Del Rio’s departure, it’s now a two-man fight for OSU’s starting job between true freshman Seth Collins and redshirt freshman Nick Mitchell. Redshirt freshman Marcus McMaryion is the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster.
None of those players, obviously, have attempted a pass at this level.