Mannion: Shoulder 'feels good'

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Any concerns about Sean Mannion's sore right shoulder can be put to rest.

Mannion will be the starter against the Wildcats on Saturday after he fully participated in practice on Thursday.

Earlier this week, he had complained about a sore right shoulder that forced him to rest his arm.

"It feels good, feels good," said Mannion. "I was able to come out here and do everything in practice. I made all the throws. I feel good. I feel ready."

"He looked good," said Mike Riley. "He made all the throws, cut the ball loose. He did what he normally does on a Thursday practice."

Oregon State's passing offense ranks second in the Pac-12. This week's opponent, Arizona, has the top ranked passing attack.

"They're going to gain some yards," said Riley. "You have to tackle and not give up big plays. You have to minimize the plays they do make, and make sure that they don't get away from you."

The Beavers are 11-2 against Arizona since 1999, including five straight wins in Tucson, but Riley thinks each year is different.

The Wildcats are now running a spread offense under new head coach Rich Rodriguez.

"Playing a high temp offense, they count on the big play and defensive players being out of position because of fatigue," said Ryan Murphy.

"Matt Scott is a good quarterback, he's able to scramble," said Jordan Poyer. "If we are able to do our job, we believe we can come out on top."

Kickoff is at 7:00 PM.