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Under Gary Andersen, the Oregon State Beavers have made major strides on the defensive side of the ball and improved their offensive weapons, highlighted by a backfield that will showcase Ryan Nall, Thomas Tyner, Trevorris Johnson and Artavis Pierce this fall.
Quarterback, however, remains a question mark, as Marcus McMaryion and junior college transfer Jake Luton are fighting for the starting job.
“I visited about two weeks ago, and Corvallis is a special place,” he said. “And the coaching staff, especially Coach Andersen and Coach McGiven, was special. Everything was special about it, and I couldn’t be more excited to join the family. About five days ago, I really came to a decision that Oregon State was the best decision for me. I really just prayed on it and let the emotion leave my body. I wanted to make a decision based on facts. My decision wasn’t swayed by emotion. Today, I felt, was a really great day to announce it.”
Also adding to Oregon State’s appeal is its tradition producing talented quarterbacks, highlighted by Sean Mannion and Derek Anderson.
“I got a chance to speak with Sean Mannion last week,” he said. “After my research, I’ve very proud to be able to fill those shoes and come after some of those guys.”
He believes he’ll be doing so with a bevy of talented weapons.
“I’ve been speaking with Coach Andersen a lot recently on how recruiting has been going,” Petras said. “The pieces are coming together. Coach Andersen just basically told me that they need a quarterback like me, and that’s what I can bring to the table. They’ve got a great young receiving corps and a great class coming in. I look forward to helping build a strong class of 2018.”
While the talented pocket passer hopes to help build up his roster for the future off the field as a senior, he’ll also be chasing a legend off of it.
As a junior, Petras completed 172 of 305 passes (57.6 completion percentage) for 3,036 yards and 33 touchdowns with eight interceptions, as well as 307 rushing yards and seven scores.
Those numbers fell just short of breaking the single season school records of Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
“I didn’t start my sophomore year, like he did, so his all time records I’m not really shooting for,” Petras said. “His single season records, I was close to last year, so that’s what I’m shooting for.”