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Oregon State soccer: No backing off play calling if Ben Gulbranson begins at quarterback

If it’s Oregon State’s Ben Gulbranson at quarterback Saturday in opposition to Stanford, offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren says he gained’t really feel the necessity to trim the playbook.

The Beavers acquired their first lengthy take a look at the third-year freshman final Saturday in opposition to Utah, when Gulbranson relieved Likelihood Nolan and performed the ultimate three quarters.

The returns have been combined. OSU by no means punted on any of the six drives through which Gulbranson performed quarterback. He led the Beavers to the purple zone 5 instances. On the flip facet, Oregon State kicked three discipline objectives and by no means completed ultimately zone. Two of the drives ended with interceptions.

Previous to Saturday, Gulbranson’s solely motion was mop-up obligation in two video games, one vs. Arizona State in 2020 and earlier this season in opposition to Montana State.

Lindgren was typically optimistic about Gulbranson’s efficiency in opposition to the Utes.

“I believed when he acquired in there, we moved the soccer, didn’t miss a beat or didn’t really feel like he couldn’t name something that we had on the decision sheet,” Lindgren stated.

With Nolan’s well being (neck pressure) leaving him in query for Stanford, it’s possible a late-week choice on who begins at quarterback. If it’s Gulbranson, it marks his first profession school begin.

Lindgren stated there “most likely be some nerves,” from Gulbranson, and he’ll most likely tailor some performs on the outset “to get him some confidence early.”

“I don’t assume there’ll be something that we do an excessive amount of otherwise. We’re gonna run our stuff and belief him,” Lindgren stated.

About Nolan: Within the weeks main as much as the 2022 season, there was loads of speak about Nolan’s enhancements. Then within the season opener, the fifth-year junior seemed sharp in main the Beavers to a 24-0 halftime lead over Boise State. Per week later, Nolan led OSU on two fourth-quarter drives to rally the Beavers previous Fresno State.

By 5 video games, although, the quantity counsel Nolan hasn’t improved. His completion share is 59.5, down considerably from a 12 months in the past. Nolan has thrown seven touchdowns and eight interceptions, a ratio that’s far worse than his 2021 numbers of 19 and 10.

Lindgren stated Nolan “within the each day, really feel like he’s improved so much from final 12 months.” He thinks the numbers are skewed due to Nolan’s previous 5 quarters, in video games in opposition to USC and Utah the place he threw six interceptions and no touchdowns.

“It’s simply too small of a pattern dimension,” Lindgren stated. “We’ve acquired to get him to play at a better degree as coaches. Likelihood could be the primary to let you know that he hasn’t performed to the extent he’s able to the final couple of weeks.”

OSU’s offensive id? A 12 months in the past, it was clear. The Beavers ran the ball with the most effective groups. This 12 months, it’s anybody’s guess. Oregon State has run the ball at a good clip in most video games, however has cracked 200 yards as soon as, in opposition to Montana State.

The Beavers are placing extra emphasis on throwing downfield however have had little success. Throw out the Montana State sport, and OSU’s completion share is 56% (62 of 110).

“When issues are clicking, you get labeled as having an id,” Lindgren stated, smiling.

Lindgren says he desires an id of balanced, however the erratic passing assault is holding again the offense.

“Plenty of it’s us. It’s stuff that’s simply fixable, from the small print to the quarterbacks making good selections or making an correct throw,” Lindgren stated. “It’s actually irritating as a result of there’s lots of optimistic issues away from the turnovers. … You may’t have these turnovers, notably within the purple zone and count on to come back out on prime.”

Lindgren and Colorado: The Buffaloes are on the lookout for head coach after firing Karl Dorrell on Sunday. Might Lindgren, who beforehand served as Colorado’s offensive coordinator earlier than touchdown at Oregon State in 2018, be a candidate?

Requested if the job pursuits him, Lindgren stated sure, “if the state of affairs is correct.” However Lindgren shortly pivoted to his present place and stated, “We’ve acquired to attain some factors.”

Lindgren was Colorado’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2013-17.

Nick Daschel reported from Corvallis | @nickdaschel


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