Marcus McMaryion, who had the most success throwing the football against Utah, will start at quarterback for Oregon State when the Beavers play at Washington on Saturday.
Game time for the Pac-12 Networks game is 3:30 p.m. in Seattle. The fifth-ranked Huskies (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) enter the game coming off a bye.
Oregon State (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) lost starting quarterback Darrel Garretson for the season in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 19-14 loss to Utah at Reser Stadium. Garretson injured his left ankle on a pass play near the goal line. Coach Gary Andersen said the junior would be unavailable for the rest of the regular season.
“The only time I say anything about injuries unless it’s season-ending, and that’s the case with Darrel,” Andersen said. “The plan is that we’ll win four of the next six games and perhaps he can come back for a bowl game.”
Backup Connor Blount went down with a knee injury on OSU’s next possession and McMaryion entered the game with the Beavers trailing 19-7. His touchdown pass to Hunter Jarmin with 1:40 remaining gave the Beavers an opportunity to upset Utah (6-1, 3-1).
Andersen did not address when Blount would be available, but made it clear that McMaryion would be the starter this week, with freshman Mason Moran as the backup. Seth Collins, who started the season last year at quarterback before moving to receiver this season, could also see some time at QB.
“Mason will be up there and take some snaps,” Andersen said. “We have to get our best guys on the field in the best situation. It won’t be a surprise to anybody if Seth is out there taking snaps.”
The plan had been to redshirt Moran, but that may not be possible.
McMaryion will make his second career start at Washington. He played in seven games in 2015, starting the Civil War at Oregon.
“It was great for Marcus to step into that setting,” Andersen said. “It’s not like he’s never played and Marcus will prepare. To go into that setting and throw the touchdown pass that he threw, is good to see.”
Collins started the first seven games at quarterback in 2015, then missed four contests with an injury. The Beavers’ lack of an effective passing game and the eligibility of Garretson — a transfer from Utah State who redshirted last season — led to Collins’ position change to wide receiver.
The passing game is still a concern for OSU. Garretson had one completion for 1 yard through three quarters against Utah and finished with 24 yards. McMaryion passed for 76 yards on five completions.
“It’s not a secret, we are horrible at throwing the football. I’m a horrible coach at teaching how to throw the football,” Andersen said. “We’ll rally the troops and try to get better.”