Mannion slightly evasive on cause of injury

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Sean Mannion was at practice Thursday for the first time since having successful surgery on his left knee, spending most of the day right next to head coach Mike Riley.

Thursday was also the first time Mannion spoke with the media about the extent of his injury.

"Well they (doctors) said that it might have been something I did a long time ago, and I just never noticed," said Mannion. "I just aggravated it a little bit. It's just a meniscus injury and that's all I want to say about it."

Mannion admitted that it was a torn meniscus and that it happened on a hand off.

As Cody Vaz gets set to make his first collegiate start, the Beavers may have to rely on their defense. They all remember what happened last season, when Riley Nelson and the Cougars came to Corvallis and handed Oregon State a 38-28 loss.

"He's definitely a competitor," said Jordan Poyer about Nelson. "He wants to win the game. I can see the fire in his eyes when he plays. I respect his game because I'm a competitor too."

"I mean when you play guys like that you have to be amped up and bring it every single play," said Anthony Watkins.

This Beaver team is clearly in full support of its new starting quarterback. In fact, Thursday in the student newspaper, there was a huge ad that said, "We believe in you Cody Vaz."