Corvallis, Ore. -- Oregon State football has been answering questions about quarterbacks Tristan Gebbia and Chance Nolan for weeks now. Up until the Beavers 41-38 rivalry game win over the Oregon Ducks, those questions were usually about whether or not Gebbia was truly the entrenched starter. This week, after what head coach Jonathan Smith called 'his best performance', the question is now about if Gebbia will be able to play at all.
The redshirt junior said in a radio interview this week that his injury was a hyper-extension in the area of his left hamstring. On Tuesday afternoon, Offensive Coordinator Brian Lindgren said that Gebbia did practice but not to the extent he typically does.
"He was limited today and I think it's something that we're just gonna take into account as the week goes on to see where he's at," said Lindgren. "Chance Nolan took a lot of reps today as well and we'll just kind of see how he progresses throughout the week."
Nolan, who came on for the final offensive play of Oregon State's game winning drive, scored a touchdown against the Ducks on the go-ahead sneak play from the one yard line. But prior to that play, no one but the Beavers and coaches have seen Nolan in live action. At the junior college level, Nolan helped lead Saddleback College in California to a 9-2 record, throwing for 3315 yards on a 65.9% completion percentage for 38 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Coming out of Saddleback, he was rated a four star QB by Rivals and was one of the top dual threat JC quarterbacks of the class.
Up to this point Nolan was viewed as a quality back up who had managed to take some reps with the first team as questions about Gebbia's ability to be the starter began to be asked. This week was different as Nolan has now been taking more reps with the starting offense amid the uncertainty of whether or not Gebbia will be healthy enough to play on Saturday's game against Utah.
"It's a tricky thing when you don't know for sure where he's gonna be at by the end of the week," Lindgren explained. "Chance, just like he has every other week, has gotta prepare as the starter and has gotta be ready when called upon."
While Nolan and Gebbia show similarities in certain aspects of their game, both Lindgren and head coach Jonathan Smith think they are different players in some respects. During the week, that gives the staff the additional challenge of trying to tailor an offense to a new quarterback with different abilities.
"There will probably be some wrinkles that fit his skillset in the pass game and the run game," said Lindgren. "A few differences, minor differences. But we just gotta stick to the scheme of what we do and I think those guys have repped throughout training camp."
Gebbia was coming off a 23-37 (62.2%), 263 yard, 1 touchdown performance vs. Oregon. He remains questionable for the matchup at Utah.