Corvallis, Ore. -- Sam Noyer's first phone call when he was named the Oregon State starting quarterback was to the University of Oregon. His brother, Matt, is the Ducks Director of Football Operations. Sam jokes that he's sure his brother will be rooting for him, just for 11 games out of 12.
"I think they're very excited and happy for me and I think they're ready to get this thing going," Noyer says of his family. "I know deep down I know he wants what's best for me and what's best for my team 11 out of 12 games."
But Noyer understands the competition and what's required out of him. The competition for the starting quarterback spot was close and still may be open when Tristan Gebbia fully returns from injury. Chance Nolan came on strong towards the end of fall camp and will be the backup in Week One against Purdue. Noyer will be expected to lead the offense, minimize mistakes that haunted him towards the end of his 2020 season with Colorado and pull off a road win that's very much needed to start the year.
"I didn't come here to sit on the bench," says Noyer. "It's been a great competition, yes. But at the same time all of our mindsets have been we're gonna be the guy. Sam, Chance, Tristan, all of us have been that starter mentality and that's what you need. You need that from all your quarterbacks because they're one play away from playing."