The adage that a starter can’t lose his job through injury will be put to the test sometime in November at Oregon State.
Quarterback Chance Nolan made a limited return to practice Monday, though it’s Ben Gulbranson who will start Friday night.
Nolan has been sidelined since suffering a concussion and neck injury at Utah’s 42-16 in October.
When Gulbranson started Oregon State’s win over Stanford the following week, it ended a streak of 17 straight
starts for Nolan. Offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren and coach Jonathan Smith face a tough decision.
Gulbranson is 3-0 in the starting XI for Oregon State and heading into Washington’s game. Lindgren said he “strongly believes” that you shouldn’t lose your job because of injury.
Every situation is unique. And that’s what Jonathan and I will do. talking about when Chance is ready to come back,” Lindgren said.
The situation is this: What if Oregon State wins in Washington and Gulbranson is 4-0 as the starting quarterback?
How do you balance a situation between Nolan, who earned the job during preseason camp, and Gulbranson, the hot hand? Lindgren first concedes that there is no 4-0 as the game has yet to be played on Friday.
But it’s a possibility. “That makes it much more difficult,” said Lindgren. “Jonathan and I sat down and talked.
But it makes it much more difficult. Learning to start: Backup quarterbacks like to say they prepare to start every week, just in case.
But there’s nothing quite like it, as Gulbranson discovered four weeks ago when he made his first career start at OSU against Stanford.
The third-year freshman has that early deal under control now as he is set to make his fourth straight start against Washington.
“It’s hard to prepare to be the starter, and you’re the backup until you’re the starter in ,” Gulbranson said.
“The extra reps you get in training, even while running, build on each other and make you feel more comfortable.
The start against Stanford taught Gulbranson patience. Oregon State rallied to beat Stanford 28-27 in Gulbranson’s first start.
“It’s a long game, I think that’s what I learned from that game,” he said. “We didn’t start stronger, but we finished and made games when needed.
I’ve learned that you just have to keep rep after rep and accumulate good reps and at the end of the day you will get a good result.
fancy words for downpour. Oregon State has only played in ideal weather conditions all season. through
wet-weather drills this week that include liberal use of squirt guns to keep the ball and hands wet.“If you play here in November, you have to deal with that,” said Lindgren.
Weekly benefit: Gulbranson said he spent last week’s bye week watching additional videos and allowing his body to recover.
Since high school, Gulbranson hasn’t had many hits. Even four games, including the last three quarters against Utah. – he adds.
“It’s definitely different when you do live replays,” Gulbranson said. “It was great for all of us to take a deep breath and head into November with our best ball.
He said it: Lindgren on needing more of the passing game: “We’ve leaned against each other in the race for the last two weeks but as time goes on we’re seeing some really good teams come November.
That’s we have to throw the ball. Clean up every area of our passing game, from defense to landing some explosive plays, while helping keep defense honest and charging up the penalty area.