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Mason Moran throws a pass during a fall camp scrimmage in 2016. Moran is back at quarterback after a move to safety to provide depth behind Darell Garretson.

Mason Moran is back at quarterback for the Oregon State football team.

Moran, a redshirt freshman, spent his redshirt season as a quarterback but was moved to safety last spring.

The Beavers, who have a bye this weekend before hosting Stanford at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26, now have the option to use Moran as a backup to Darell Garretson and allow Conor Blount and Aidan Willard to continue to redshirt this season.

"It's still kind of up in the air," co-offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven said Tuesday afternoon. "Just need to give him as many reps as we can to get him back into the flow of things as far as the offense. There's been some things have changed as far as our terminology since he's been in there."

Garretson and Moran go way back. The players grew up near each other in Arizona and Garretson said he's known Moran since he was 8.

Garretson used to go to Moran's Pop Warner games and said they have a big brother-little brother relationship.

"Getting him reacclimated to the QB position is not going to be too hard, especially for me because we've known each other for so long and I know how to communicate with him and make sure that he understands what he's doing well and what he's not doing well and just really improving on that," Garretson said.

"Especially when you move back over it's going to be tough because he probably doesn't have the greatest ideas to what's going on because he's been on the defensive side for so long. Just getting him caught up and he's a really, really smart kid, he's a football-savvy kid and he'll catch up quick."

Creative play calling

The Beavers used a few formations against Colorado that fans hadn't seen a lot of this season.

That included two running back sets and the wildcat. It all worked for the Beavers as they rolled up 569 total yards.

Running back Ryan Nall said he didn't know why the Beavers haven't opened up the playbook to the degree they did against the Buffaloes.

"We had our game plan, we had a lot of different things going in and gave different looks to the defense and we were able to run the ball pretty successfully," Nall said.

Stanford up next

The timing of the bye week is coming in handy for the Beavers because they face a short game week before facing Stanford on the 26th.

"I think this extra week gives us time for guys to get healthy, gives us time to game prep and get mentally prepared going into this early week," Nall said. "Instead of this being a normal week and playing on Thursday we have a full week and then some to prepare for this team."

Stanford is another tough team that relies on a power run game and defense.

So the Beavers will be fresh and ready to take on a physical game.

"They've been known for being big (and) physical," Nall said. "But that's nothing new to us. We've got to match it. We've got to be able to play just as physical on both sides of the ball."

Too many field goals

OSU scored on every possession of the first half against Colorado but managed just a 19-14 halftime lead.

That's because four of those drives ended with field goals. If the Beavers had gotten into the end zone a few more times, the end result easily could have been a win.

"If we execute the play calls that are given us, that will put us in position to score instead of having to kick a field goal, and I think that comes with time," Nall said.

"We're getting things rolling, we're getting guys moving and we're getting back in the flow of the offense again, finding our groove. We'll be able to keep marching down the field and instead of turning those things into field goals it'll be touchdowns."

Collins out indefinitely

Receiver Seth Collins is out indefinitely with an illness that is not related to his season-ending health problem last season.


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