CORVALLIS — Quarterback Sean Mannion made a brief spring appearance before his understudies took over and Oregon State ran 71 plays for fans at the Beavers’ Spring Showcase on Saturday.
Mannion completed 5 of 9 passes for 19 yards. Luke Del Rio was 9 for 17 for 80 yards, Brent VanderVeen completed 2 for 7 for 32 yards and an interception, and Kyle Kempt was 3 for 6 for 6 yards. All three are competing to back up Mannion in the fall.
Del Rio led a 12-play, 70-yard scoring drive capped by Damien Haskins’ 2-yard scoring run. It was the lone scoring play of the day.
Obum Gwacham, who moved from wide receiver to defensive end this season, had a pair of sacks and the defense held the offense to 248 yards.
“It’s rare that you get guys moving from wide receiver to defensive end, but if anyone can do it, I think it’s him,” Mannion said.
Several players sat out because of injury, including offensive linemen Isaac Seumalo (foot) and Josh Mitchell (shoulder), tight end Caleb Smith (hamstring) and split end Richard Mullaney (ankle).
Haskins finished with 68 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Chris Brown rushed for 32 yards.
It was the first chance for fans to see Del Rio, the son of former NFL linebacker and current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, was a walk-on quarterback at Alabama last season before transferring to Oregon State. He was granted eligibility for the coming season by the NCAA.
As a senior at Colorado’s Valor Christian High School in 2012, Del Rio passed for 2,275 yards and 28 touchdowns in leading the Eagles to the 5A state championship.
“It was nice to sort of get into a groove,” Del Rio told reporters following the event.
Oregon State went 7-6 last season, capping off the year with a 38-23 victory over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl. The Beavers open the coming season on Aug. 30 at home against Portland State.