SPRING: The good, the bad, the question: QB

SEAN CANFIELD

IN A ROLE reversal from last spring, Sean Canfield takes the reins as the Beavs' starter headed into spring drills while Lyle Moevao spends time in the surgery bay. How will Canfield respond as the No. 1? Who will emerge during spring ball between Ryan Katz and Peter Lalich in the battle for No. 2? And just how many quarterbacks do the Beavs have on the roster anyway?

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A highly motivated and confident Sean Canfield enters spring camp fully healed from his shoulder surgery of a year ago

Junior Peter Lalich, whom coach Mike Riley calls the wildcard, and redshirt freshman Ryan Katz, who has impressed the coaches with his decision making ability and arm strength, are both set to get extra snaps due to Lyle Moevao's shoulder surgery.


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Moevao was scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder yesterday and will miss spring drills.  An MRI showed tears in the rotator cuff and in the biceps.  Recovery time is anywhere from six weeks to four months.  The coaches, however, expect him to be ready by fall camp.  

One other potential negative is the team has a large number of quarterbacks (7) on the roster and finding them all reps could prove difficult indeed.


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Who will emerge as the backup in the spring?

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Sean Canfield.  His slow to heal labrum of this past offseason is now a thing of the past. With Canfield saying the shoulder feels stronger than it did even before the injury, and with some new perspective having served most of 2008 as the backup, Canfield is focused and determined to take the starting spot and not let go

He won over a large number of fans last season in leading the team to victories over ASU, UCLA and Arizona, and got the start for the latter two wins when Moevao was injured.  He can make all the throws - including the deep pass which Moevao lacks.


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The team is deep in quarterbacks -- four are on scholarship, three are walk-ons and two more scholarship players are scheduled to join the team in August provided one of them doesn't grayshirt

Canfield will get the most repetitions this spring. Lalich and Katz, set to battle for the starting job in 2010, are very likely to get the second most. 

Riley did say the Beavs will practice longer in the spring than they do during the year but it would seem a tall order for the coaches to also find loads of snaps for Justin Engstrom, Brennan Sim and/or Zach Anderson 


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On Moevao - "The downside is, he has an injury.  The upside is, he is a veteran and will be ready for fall camp. I'm glad we caught it now, so he has time to heal. I feel really good about how Lyle will handle this and how hard he'll work through the rehab process."

On Katz - "Ryan has a lot of ability, and he'll have two spring practices under his belt by the time we go into the (2009) season. His main deal will be the art of quarterbacking. Can he perform and function as a quarterback in our system?"


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  • Sr. Sean Canfield (6-4, 220) -  11 career starts...completed 56 of 84 passes for 703 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in five games (two starts) last season
     
  • Sr. Lyle Moevao (5-11, 220) - 15 career starts...11-4 as a starter... surgery on right (throwing) shoulder yesterday...not expected to be as severe as Canfield's shoulder injury...expected to rehab 6 weeks to 4 months and Riley expects him to be fully healed for the season...completed 214 for 361 passes (59%) for 2534 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last year...ranked third in the Pac-10 among quarterbacks and 33rd in the nation in passing yards per game
     
  • RFr. Ryan Katz (6-1, 208) - redshirted and will compete with Lalich for backup role in 2009, and starting spot in  2010...this is his second spring with the Beavs -- he graduated from high school early last year...excellent arm strength...has put in lots of time studying the playbook
     
  • Jr. Peter Lalich (6-2, 229) - sat out last year following transfer...had two career starts at Virginia where he completed 39 of 74 (52%) passes for 359 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions...still petitioning the NCAA to have another year of eligibility...an appeal to the NCAA to make this past season his redshirt year was not filed according to various news reports. If the appeal isn't granted, Lalich has three years to play two starting in the fall...unless Canfield gets hurt and Moevao is still recovering, he may redshirt
     
  • So. Justin Engstrom (6-5, 208) - saw action in three games in 2008, but did not complete a pass
     
  • Jr. Brennan Sim (6-2, 205) - spent 2008 on the sidelines recovering from shoulder surgery...could compete for number three spot on depth chart
     
  • So. Zach Anderson (6-4, 222) - has the least amount of experience headed into the spring 

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