Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson is out for the rest of the regular season.
Garretson, a transfer from Utah State, has thrown for 617 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions on the season while adding 174 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Conor Blount, the team’s No. 2 quarterback, will also miss Saturday’s game but Andersen did not say his injury was season-ending. Per The Oregonian, Blount was “on crutches with a brace on his left knee” at Monday’s practice.
Blount came in vs. the Utes when Garretson was injured in the fourth quarter, but he was also injured a short time later. At that point, McMaryion entered the ballgame and led the Beavers on a touchdown drive late in the 19-14 loss. McMaryion, who played in seven games in 2015, finished 5-of-9 throwing for 76 yards and a touchdown.
“It was great for Marcus to step into that setting. It’s not like Marcus has never played. He knows it’s his team right now. He’ll be a leader, he’ll take care of business and he’ll have high expectations for himself,” Andersen said. “To go into that (Utah) game and do it in that setting and throw the touchdown pass, that was great to see.”
The Beavers, now 2-4 on the year, face a bigger challenge Saturday against the fifth-ranked Huskies in Seattle. McMaryion will be tasked with trying to elevate what is one of the worst passing attacks in the country (121st nationally — 146 yards per game).
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