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Oregon State QB battle continues into Week 2

With Sam Noyer and Chance Nolan still competing for a starting job, the Beavers still have a QB question to answer ahead of week two vs. Hawaii.

Posted: Sep 8, 2021 12:45 AM

Corvallis, Ore. -- Oregon State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren didn't think his unit's performance was good enough. The score would back up that assertion. The Beavers week one loss to Purdue left room for growth but it also left a very important question open ended: is there a clear cut starting quarterback on this team? 

Heading into week two against Hawaii, there is still no answer. Sam Noyer and Chance Nolan will continue to battle it out for the starting role. Tristan Gebbia remains on the way back from injury. Much of the uncertainty stems from just how tight the battle was going into the first week of the season but the play on the field didn't lend itself to a lot of confidence in one player or the other.

"We felt pretty good about each one going forward and felt that going into that game if we were struggling a little bit that we might give the other guy an opportuntiy to go in there and give us a spark and that's why we decided to go with Chance," Lindgren explained. "And today both guys took some reps with the first group and kind of evaluated here and moving forward and kind of narrow that down going into the week and pick a guy for this week and roll with him."

Sam Noyer went 10/21 with 94 yards and an interception. Chance Nolan finished 10/16 for 157 yards. While Nolan's numbers look better on paper, context matters to the game. Noyer wasn't given much protection as his offensive line struggled to contain Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis.

But the offensive line plans on getting it figured out by the nightcap matchup against Hawaii. The unit is returning plenty of experience and Lindgren himself admitted that there were some new wrinkles and adjustments from Purdue that they were not expecting in the first week. Offensive lineman Josh Gray sees it as a learning experience and one that will be cleaned up by the time the Rainbow Warriors come to town. 

"We have things to work on," Gray said. "Just gotta be a little more aggressive, get off the ball, move people. It's a different thing every play. It's a different thing for every guy. But we saw it and we'll work on it."

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